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Managing Asbestos – Commercial Property Owners’ have Legal Responsibilities

ARCA provides support and reassurance

Today ARCA, the UK’s leading association representing asbestos removal contractors, has made available a publication for commercial property owners and managers, giving an overview of their legal responsibilities on managing asbestos.

Asbestos management is an issue faced by property owners and managers (the clients), whether owning/managing one premises or a large portfolio of premises, constructed prior to the year 2000. That is, they are responsible for ensuring that employees and non-employees are not exposed to health or safety risks as a result of the presence of asbestos.

These clients have legal responsibilities to manage risks from asbestos, so to support them ARCA has covered the main regulations in a new publication.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 places a duty on every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees and non-employees who may be affected by the employers’ activities.

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012), places a legal duty to ‘manage asbestos in non-domestic properties’, on those who own, occupy, manage or have responsibilities for premises that may contain asbestos.

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) places explicit responsibilities on clients, for example, if asbestos removal is required the client needs to appoint a competent asbestos removal contractor.

To support this last point, ARCA members need to complete two satisfactory site audits every year to maintain membership. In January 2017, ARCA made all site audits ‘unannounced’, meaning members (excluding Ireland) do not have prior knowledge of when, or where, an ARCA auditor will be assessing their performance. Therefore, being unannounced, ARCA site audits are now an even stronger system of reassurance for all parties, including end-clients.

The ‘Managing Asbestos – Clients Legal Responsibilities’ leaflet is available on the ARCA website as a free download.

Further information for commercial property owners and managers is available here.

Asbestos Removal for Administrators course proves popular

The ‘Asbestos Removal for Administrators’ course produced by ARCA has proved to be very popular with two dates already fully booked so more dates have been scheduled.

The current programme is:

  • 10th October at Burton
  • 13th October at Manchester
  • 16th October at Rayleigh
  • 17th October at Glasgow

This new one-day training course that will enable administrators to experience what working on-site is really like and some of the issues their colleagues may face, all within a safe and controlled environment.

The course, at £125.00 (+ VAT), will cover a range of elements including; industry terminology, key legislative documents, asbestos licensing, plans of work and onsite documentation.

It will also include some practical hands on tasks, such as; use of RPE, elements of enclosure construction and use of air/bag locks, as well as the decontamination process in enclosures and DCUs.

Experience what happens on-site while in a safe environment. For more details or to book on a course call ARCA on 01283 505777.

ARCA speaking at Contamination Expo Series 2017

Asbestos Removal – Reassurance of good risk management

As a partner of the Contamination Expo Series, ARCA will be supporting the event by speaking to highlight the safe removal of asbestos.

The ARCA seminar is highly recommended for commercial property owners, facility managers, construction managers and health & safety professionals, as Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA, will discuss clients’ legal responsibilities, including the duty to ensure they appoint competent contractors (CDM 2015 regulations), and how ARCA provides a system of reassurance.

 Join ARCA in Keynote Theatre 2 on Wednesday 27th September at 16:15

Contamination Expo Series is being held at ExCel London on 27th and 28th September – tickets are free by registering at www.hazardousmaterialexpo.com

Hands on experience for Admin Staff

Administrators in asbestos removal companies are a key part of the team that produces plans of work, talks to suppliers and plan on-site resources. Training on business systems such as the purchasing system is one element companies can easily address, but training on what actually happens on a removal site, can be very limited due to on-site work being hazardous and restricted.

After a number of conversations with members, ARCA has stepped into help, as the Association is ideally positioned to solve this problem.

ARCA has produced a one-day training course that will enable administrators to experience what working on-site is really like and some of the issues their colleagues may face, all within a safe and controlled environment.

The course, at £125.00 (+ VAT), will cover a range of elements including; industry terminology, key legislative documents, asbestos licensing, plans of work and onsite documentation.

It will also include some practical hands on tasks, such as; use of RPE, basic enclosure construction and use of air/bag locks, as well as walking through a DCU to understand the decontamination process.

A number of ‘Asbestos Removal for Administrators’ courses are currently programmed at ARCA centres:

  • 10thOctober at Burton
  • 12thOctober at Manchester
  • 13thOctober at Rayleigh
  • 17thOctober at Glasgow

Experience what happens on-site while in a safe environment. For more details or to book on a course call ARCA on 01283 505777

ARCA Staff support Charity Week with three challenges

To support the Association’s charities, most of the ARCA staff will be taking part in three different sport marathon challenges.

The challenge for the ARCA team is to play a sport continuously throughout a working day. So, during the Charity Week the team aim to complete a table tennis marathon, a darts marathon and a bowling marathon.

These challenges may be more challenging for some, as there are a few team members who have never thrown a dart or held a table tennis bat!!

The team’s progress can be followed throughout the week at www.twitter.com/arca_org_uk

The teams’ efforts are to fundraise to support the Association’s charities – Mesothelioma UK, which is a national resource dedicated to supporting people with asbestos cancer, and The Indee Rose Trust, which helps children, and their families, who have been diagnosed with a brain or spinal tumour.

You can support the ARCA team by donating at www.justgiving.com/teams/arcacharityweek2017