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ARCA members raise funds to support Mesothelioma UK

During this year’s Charity Week, ARCA staff and members got involved in various events and activities, raising over £5,500 for Mesothelioma UK.

Funds were raised by taking part in; paintballing, a three-peak challenge, nuclear running events, hula hooping marathon, and there was lots of baking and eating.

The Association supports Mesothelioma UK – a national resource dedicated to supporting people with this asbestos cancer, providing specialist Mesothelioma information, support & improved care and treatment.

“Thank you to everyone who took part in the Charity Week and to those who donated. These funds will continue to support the vital work the charity undertakes to help asbestos cancer patients, and in particular Mesothelioma clinical nurse specialists at NHS hospitals across the UK,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA.

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Liz Darlison, Mesothelioma UK Head of Services, commented, “We are extremely grateful to everyone who took part in activities to raise funds for our charity again this year. This funding initiative provides a great opportunity for raising awareness, which is so important, and will help us to continue the work that we do in supporting people affected by Mesothelioma across the UK.”

ARCA and Members commit to a third unannounced site audit each year

Association members take a further step to demonstrate high standards

Today the Association announced that, to continue supporting high standards across membership, the Site Audit Accreditation Scheme requirement would now be increased from two to three unannounced site audits each membership year from January 2020.

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The Association’s Rules of Membership set out the requirements of the ARCA Site Audit Accreditation Scheme (SAAS), which has been established as a requirement for asbestos removal contractor membership for over 18 years. Currently the scheme requires members to undertake two satisfactory unannounced site audits every year to maintain membership (both audits became unannounced, that is no prior notice, from January 2017(i)).

“ARCA has seen members maintain high standards of performance over the two years site audits have been unannounced.  Now this increase in the number of site audits is a further step in our commitment to support our members’ maintenance of high standards, and a further step in providing reassurance to end-clients,” stated Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA.

“ARCA is the association raising standards.”

Being unannounced (no prior notice), ARCA membership audits give a more realistic view of a contractor’s usual performance on site and are also an indicator of the effectiveness of management arrangements of the contractor. These audits have become more recognised by third parties, such as the HSE and end-clients, as an excellent independent assessment of a contractor’s performance and standards.

Steve concluded; “As I have said previously, undertaking two ‘unannounced’ audits of every member, every year, was an expensive strategy as sometimes when our auditors arrive at a job it is not at a stage reasonable to audit or may have finished early(ii). We believe this to be a cost worth paying to ensure audits are truly unannounced.”

“This announcement today confirms our on-going commitment to provide a strong level of reassurance of our member contractors’ competency to all parties.”

 (i) Excluding Ireland                                                                                                                             (ii) ARCA receives limited information from the HSE which is used to schedule unannounced audits

ARCA appoints Membership & Client Relationship Officer

ARCA is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Glossop as the Association’s Membership & Client Relationship Officer.

Over the last few years managers of the Association have been visiting ARCA and ATaC members, to provide the opportunity to discuss directly with the owners or senior managers, any issues affecting individual members and how the Association is, and can support their business.

“We received extremely positive feedback on visits. Both members and the Association saw the benefits of these visits in building closer relationships and as a private communication forum,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA.

“Over the last two years, due to several new developments and initiatives the Association’s resources were stretched, which unfortunately meant that we could not undertake the number of member visits we would have liked. We appreciate the importance of these meetings, and also the time required to undertake them, so we made the decision to create a new role to focus on visiting ARCA members on a regular basis.”

“I’m pleased to welcome Peter to the team. To fulfil this role Peter brings with him over 35 years’ experience working in various roles within the asbestos management industry, including asbestos removal management, surveying and training.”

“This is an exciting move for me as I know ARCA is a well respected association and I look forward to working with the team,” added Peter. “Joining ARCA at this time gives me the opportunity to attend the member regional meetings being held throughout November, and introduce myself to many members, after which I’m keen to start visiting individual members.”

ARCA announces support for Mates in Mind

ARCA is proud to announce its support for Mates in Mind, a charity that strives to improve and promote positive mental health in the workplace.

Mates in Mind was established to support and improve the mental health across the construction industry. Due to success in transforming mental health culture of workplaces across the sector, recognition was gained in new sectors.

The charity’s aim is to increase awareness and understanding of mental health, as well as breaking the stigma around mental health through promoting cultures of positive well-being.

“I would like to thank Stephen Haynes of Mates in Mind, for delivering an informative and interesting presentation at the ARCA Annual General Meeting earlier this month, raising awareness amongst our members of mental health issues within the workplace and how they can support,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive for ARCA.

“It was shocking to hear that the construction sector, which includes the asbestos industry, has the highest rate of deaths as a result of mental health issues. I hope that being a supporter of Mates in Mind will help the Association and our members create an environment in which people feel comfortable talking about mental health.”

Mates in Mind supports organisations in creating work environments which help improve and sustain mental health and well-being. Further information and support is available at www.matesinmind.co.uk