First Asbestos Manager to gain ARCA ILM Qualification

In February, Doug Fox successfully completed his fourth and final ILM unit, and was presented with his ILM Qualification certificate.

Doug is the Asbestos Manager for KDC Contractors Ltd, who specialise in providing decommissioning, demolition, asbestos removal and land remediation services to the nuclear, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, energy and utility sectors.

During the 28 years Doug has been working in the industry, he has always been looking to progress and develop, gaining qualifications covering asbestos removal and demolition, and becoming a member of industry institutes. After learning about ARCA’s Leadership & Management QualificationShaun and Doug ILM Presentation Feb2017_600kb it was the next development step for him.

“ARCA’s ILM qualification, which they designed specifically for the asbestos removal industry, seemed ideal for my development and for my role, as I manage teams removing hazardous asbestos material, which can be on large and sometimes hazardous sites. As the management at KDC is fully supportive of development, I soon signed up to start,” commented Doug Fox.

“The qualification has been developed well by ARCA, as all four units were very relevant to the asbestos industry and all units complimented each other. During the classroom sessions, it was interesting to learn new concepts and also to have some which I have been using reinforced. I also came to understand more of why and how these skills are so important.

“One element I’ve strengthened is communication – with all members of the teams. I now spend even more time on-site and hold review meetings with the whole team not just the supervisor. This has been extremely beneficial to all and the projects.

“I’ve also increased the time I spend in coaching and developing members of my teams. Hopefully some operatives will progress up the ladder, like I did.

“When I began this qualification, there were some challenging times especially as the subjects were very involved, but classroom sessions were invaluable and the tutor support was excellent. My thanks to my tutor, Shaun, who was always positive, gave useful feedback and helped drive me to completion,” stated Doug.

“I’ve developed some management principles and introduced others into practice, which I believe are all proving to be beneficial. I see my teams being more communicative, more motivated and more productive.”

Shaun Wilson, ARCA tutor, commented, “It has been brilliant seeing the development in Doug over the four ILM units.  He could see the benefits and developed a very positive attitude.

“As a tutor, it is rewarding not only to see a candidate gain this qualification, but also to hear what was learnt is being put into practice. Congratulations to Doug.”

ARCA joins the Contamination Expo Series 2017

Association supports event in its second year

ARCA, the UK’s leading association representing asbestos removal contractors, has signed up to the Contamination Expo Series 2017 to be held on 27-28 September at ExCel London.

The Contamination Expo Series was launched last year to tackle solutions to contamination across six sectors, including hazardous waste.

“Last year we were very pleased with the results following attending the first Contamination Expo,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA. “We had a successful event meeting both members and potential members, and talking to end-clients from different sectors, therefore joining the event again this year was an easy decision.”

“This event will give us a platform to continue communicating how to safely manage asbestos, highlighting property owners and managers’ legal responsibilities, and how ARCA and its members can support them. Also, it will be an opportunity to promote the Association’s aim of continually raising professional standards and how ARCA membership is a means of reassurance for end-clients.”

“We are delighted to have the support of ARCA again this year as having asbestos experts at the event is crucial,” stated Daniel Rogers, Event Director of the Contamination Expo Series. “We will work closely with this leading trade association to help drive the messages about asbestos to the professionals involved in managing the health and safety risks associated with asbestos in buildings.”

This year, due to the expansion of the event, it is to take place on the earlier dates of 27th and 28th September 2017. Entrance to the exhibition will be free – tickets can be ordered on the event’s website – and will feature free to attend seminars.

ARCA retains ISO 9001 with flying colours

For the last twelve years ARCA has followed and been audited annually under the ISO 9001 quality management system.

The ARCA management system describes procedures and processes to be followed in order to prove the Association’s ability to consistently provide quality membership, training and audit services.

“Last week ARCA was audited as part of this quality management system to check conformity to the standard,” stated Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association.

“I’m delighted to say that no non-conformities were reported and no opportunities for improvement identified. This is a great testimony to all the staff who work towards delivering a first-class service.”

ARCA has preparations towards ISO 9001: 2015 well underway for meeting compliance within the transition period ending September 2018.

ARCA Announces the First NVQ for Experienced Operatives

Association delivers routes to CSCS cards

The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) announces the availability of the first National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) for experienced asbestos removal operatives in the UK.

For asbestos removal operatives to gain access to work on many construction sites they require a CSCS card. The application criteria to obtain a CSCS card is changing and operatives will need to hold an ‘NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Removal of Hazardous Waste (Construction) – Licensed Asbestos’. Due to these forthcoming requirements ARCA has developed NVQ assessment options for both experienced operatives and for those with less experience in the role.

“Changes to the requirements needed for operatives to gain a CSCS card <blue skilled worker card> were announced last year. ARCA immediately began to develop assessment options to enable operatives to gain an NVQ, and thereby apply for CSCS cards. I’m pleased to say, after a lot of work by the team at ARCA, these qualifications are now available to support members and the industry,” commented Grant Beglan, Chairman of ARCA.

Operatives, with over a years’ experience but less than three years’ experience, can gain an NVQ by choosing the On-Site Assessment and Training (OSAT) option, which involves completing five assessment units within a twelve month period.

Operatives with in-depth practical skills and confidence in the role, therefore most likely having three or more years’ experience in the role, could choose the Experienced Worker Practical Assessment (EWPA) as an alternative to OSAT. The candidate will undertake a thorough practical assessment, over one day, at an ARCA centre to demonstrate the skills specified by the NVQ.

“We know that operatives’ holding a CSCS card is vital for many of the asbestos removal contracts our members undertake,” stated Satish Patel, Training Manager for the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association.

“Today we are delighted to be able to offer a complete NVQ solution for asbestos removal operatives. As well as offering NVQs depending on the experience of an operative, we are also offering employers cost-efficient routes for those who pay the CITB Levy and for those that don’t.”

“We have received a lot of interest in the NVQs. A number of member companies are already committed to enrolling all their operatives, as acting sooner rather than later, means operatives are on route to holding, or holding, a blue skilled workers’ card before the changes come into force,” concluded Satish Patel.

Further details on all the NVQ options offered by ARCA for asbestos removal operatives are available here

ARCA Enhance Site Audits of Members

Higher Level of Reassurance for End-Clients

Asbestos removal contractors need to participate in ARCA’s audit scheme, which requires two satisfactory site audits every year, to join and maintain membership of the Association.

The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) introduced an audit scheme in 2000 to support members’ performance and therefore increase standards.

Audits are a method of checking and monitoring both good management and good risk control, and can provide reassurance for all parties; contractors, HSE, ARCA and end-clients; of compliance with relevant legislation.

January 2017 sees ARCA enhances its audit scheme to take a further step towards supporting consistent high standards. Members still need to complete two satisfactory site audits every year, however, ARCA audits are now unannounced.

“Reaction from members has been very positive, as this is another element to support their management systems and to demonstrate their performance on any site at any time,” stated Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association.

“Already a major UK end-client has welcomed the unannounced element of ARCA audits, committing to allowing our auditors onto any of their sites.”

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), who regulate this licensed industry, require asbestos removal contractors to work to exemplary standards at all times. Now ARCA members (excluding Ireland) will not have prior knowledge of when, or where, an ARCA auditor will be assessing their performance. Therefore, they will need to be prepared, at all times, to demonstrate how the job has been planned and how the plan is being implemented.

Being unannounced, ARCA site audits are now an even stronger system of reassurance for all parties, including end-clients.

Members of ARCA can be found at www.arca.org.uk