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Air Management Workshop – dates now available

Following a number of requests from members, ARCA has now made available an Air Management Workshop at regular intervals throughout the year.

This one-day course on air management within an asbestos removal enclosure, will include both classroom and practical sessions. It will expand candidate’s knowledge and understanding by covering the three principal components of air management and the importance of good air management as a control measure. Also, using a pre-built enclosure and NPU, air flow and movement, and flap deflection will be demonstrated.

Further information is available online, or call us on 01283 505777.

1,500 CSCS Cards issued

Today the Association issued the 1,500th CSCS card under the ARMI Skills Card Scheme.

The Association receives CSCS card applications, for both physical and virtual smartcards, on a daily basis and continues to process the applications in just four working days.

Full information and application forms for temporary and skilled worker cards, for asbestos removal operatives, supervisors and managers, are available at

Plan NVQs now before CSCS Cards expire

If you have Operatives and/or Supervisors with an experienced worker CSCS card, they only have 1 year to gain an NVQ.

This may sound like a long time but it isn’t!

You really should be planning now and booking them on the relevant NVQ assessment process. Especially as you need to plan appropriate sites and arrange assessment dates, which need to be completed and successfully passed within 1 year.

Don’t leave it too late … contact ARCA today on 01283 505777.


ARCA News Magazine Spring 2019 available online

Issue 104 of the ARCA News magazine includes Association and industry news, as well as guidance on RPE and an article on ‘what needs to happen after asbestos removal’.

Also, articles cover ‘what members agree to’, and what ARCA has seen two years after introducing unannounced site audits to the industry.

Don’t miss reading the latest issue of the journal for asbestos management professionals, available online here.

Association retains ISO9001:2015

Following gaining the new ISO9001:2015 last year, the Association was audited last month and retained certification to this standard with no non-conformances identified.

The Association has followed and been annually audited under the ISO9001 quality management system for the last 14 years. The ARCA quality management system (QMS) describes the approach, procedures and processes to be followed in order to demonstrate the Association’s ability to consistently provide quality membership, training and auditing services.

The 2015 version of this standard includes more emphasis on assessing leadership; what are the organisation’s goals and how will these be achieved. Also, there is more emphasis on risk based thinking; ability to look at the bigger picture to see and take action on any risks to the business, as well as opportunities.

The auditor from NQA commented in his report; ‘of note was the extent of planning the Associations processes as supported by the Strategy Meeting and Work Plan.’

“In February the Association was audited as part of this quality management system to check conformity to the standard. It is testimony to the team here at ARCA that we retained this standard again this year. The team continues to work hard in meeting our mission of delivering the best possible service and support,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA.