Delays to the Government’s Asbestos Management Assurance Process for managing asbestos in their schools

Last week the Department for Education reopened its ‘Asbestos Management Assurance Process’, an exercise which asks school employers to declare whether they are compliant with their legal duty to manage asbestos in their schools.

Delays to the project, largely due to it not being mandatory, mean that the findings, now not due until Spring 2019, may come too late to properly influence next year’s comprehensive spending review.  Schools Minister Nick Gibb has stated that 68% of the 17,000 schools that have taken part in the survey were deemed to be compliant with their legal duties.  This means that responsible bodies have only provided assurances on around 11,500 schools – approximately half of all schools in England – despite the survey deadline already having been extended twice last summer, and now for a third time until February 2019.

Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union (NEU), said: “This is totally unacceptable.  We already know that nearly 90% of schools contain asbestos and that as asbestos ages, it deteriorates and becomes more difficult to manage. There is already plenty of evidence about poor standards of asbestos management across many local authorities and academy trusts.  What we urgently need is earmarked funding to make our schools safe from this scourge.”

The above is part of a NEU release, the full release is available at https://neu.org.uk/latest/delays-governments-asbestos-management-assurance-process

ARCA receives award from Mesothelioma UK

Today Steve Sadley, the Chief Executive of ARCA, was delighted to accept Corporate Partner of the Year 2017/2018 award from Mesothelioma UK, on behalf of the Association.

Presenting ARCA with this award, Mesothelioma UK thanked the Association’s staff and members for their outstanding support over the last few years. The funds raised by ARCA have helped the charity continue to carry out its vital work, including funding clinical nurse specialists posted at NHS hospitals across the UK.

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ARCA can now confirm that HSE has published new guidance on Plans of Work

New guidance on Plans of Work, produced as result of recommendations from the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 Post Implementation Report (PIR) has now been published by HSE.

HSE have now given permission for this to be circulated to ARCA members.

This guidance is aimed at HSE inspectors to aid consistency when assessing the suitability of Plans of Work, but it is written to also be accessible to licensed contractors’ staff.  The guidance can be read alongside ALG memo 04/12, issued under the umbrella of the ALG industry forum.  The contents will eventually be included in the Licensed Contractors’ Guide (HSG 247) when revised.

This new guidance will be discussed at the remainder of the ARCA regional meetings.

The guidance can be downloaded here

ARCA Gold Training Awards Announced for 2018

The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association is pleased to announce the member companies who have gained a Gold Training Award 2017/2018.

The member companies achieved this award by training over eight operatives and/or supervisors with ARCA during the twelve-month period, and the candidates achieved an average score of 92.5% or above.

“I’m delighted to see 40 full contracting ARCA members gain the gold award this year,” commented Satish Patel, Training Manager for ARCA. “Member companies and their candidates have worked hard to achieve this award. All candidates achieving an average score of 92.5% (or above) is a superb achievement.”

These members are now able to use the ARCA Gold Training Award 2018 logo, which has been produced to recognise their achievement.

ARCA Gold Training Award Winners 2018

  • Active Environmental Management
  • AIB Solutions Limited
  • Amity Insulation Services Ltd
  • Asbestos Abatement Services
  • Asgen Limited
  • Aspect Contracts Ltd
  • Axiom Building Solutions Ltd
  • Bardon Environmental Ltd
  • Blue A Ltd
  • Burton Environmental Services Ltd
  • City Building (Glasgow) LLP
  • Clifford Devlin Ltd
  • Cordtape Environmental Services Ltd
  • Econ Construction Ltd
  • Economic Insulations (Portsmouth) Ltd
  • ECT Environmental Ltd
  • EM1 Ltd
  • Erith Contractors Limited
  • European Asbestos Services Ltd
  • Furn Contracts Ltd
  • Grade 3 Limited
  • Hampshire Environmental Services Ltd
  • Hereford Asbestos Services Ltd
  • Horizon Environmental Ltd
  • Insul-Eight Environmental Ltd
  • ION Environmental Solutions Ltd
  • Jackson Environmental Ltd
  • John F Hunt Ltd
  • LAR Ltd
  • M & G Services Ltd
  • Maylarch Environmental Limited
  • MIC Group Limited
  • Northern Asbestos Services Ltd
  • Northern Insulation Contractors (UK) Limited
  • R & F Insulations Limited
  • RH Insulation Services Limited
  • Rhodar Limited
  • Solent Environmental Services (Asbestos) Ltd
  • Stork Technical Services Ltd
  • TES Environmental Services Ltd

ARCA announce winners of Gold Site Audit Award 2018

More members gain award even with site audits unannounced

ARCA is delighted to announce the twenty-one member companies who have achieved the Gold Site Audit Award for 2018.

The award has been designed to acknowledge consistent performance, demonstrated over a sustained time period. So to achieve this award, Asbestos Removal Contractor members, needed to achieve Grades A-C, with an average of at least a Grade B, in six consecutive audits (that is across a 3-year period ending 30th June 2018).

Of the twenty-one companies achieving the award, ten have retained the award from last year, with eleven companies being newcomers.

“It is extremely positive to see an increase in the number of companies gaining this award compared to last year, especially as ARCA introduced completely unannounced audits in January 2017. Meaning our members had no idea where or when an ARCA auditor was going to assess their work,” said Geoff Silver the ARCA Membership Compliance Manager.

“Congratulations to all the winners. This award acknowledges the work that has been put into their participation in the ARCA Site Audit Accreditation Scheme (SAAS).”

For more information visit the membership section at www.arca.org.uk

ARCA Gold Site Audit Award Winners 2018

  • Allan Dyson Asbestos Services Ltd
  • Alliance Asbestos Services Ltd
  • Anglian Demolition & Asbestos Ltd
  • ARG Europe Ltd
  • Arton Monoseal Ltd
  • Asbestos First Ltd
  • Bilfinger Industrial Services UK Ltd
  • City Building (Glasgow) LLP
  • Clifford Devlin Ltd
  • Environmental Asbestos Solutions Ltd
  • Erith Contractors Ltd
  • Furn Contracts Ltd
  • Inner City Environmental
  • Interserve Environmental Services
  • ION Environmental Solutions Ltd
  • Jackson Environmental Ltd
  • LAR Ltd
  • Pier Contractors Ltd
  • Reigart Contracts Ltd
  • RH Insulation Services Ltd
  • Wood Group Industrial Services Ltd