NVQs require effective planning

ARCA can provide an efficient assessment process

Candidates can gain an NVQ in the shortest possible time when the assessment process is planned well in advance, especially as a candidate can need up to three assessment sites and dates scheduled.

By discussing appropriate sites and timings, ARCA will be able to provide members with the best possible assessment plan for a Level 2 and Level 3 NVQ. Also, members can plan by prioritising candidates based on their CSCS card requirements or card expiry.

“It is important for members to plan well in advance, as we need a number of suitable asbestos removal sites to assess a candidate and construct a portfolio of evidence that covers all the necessary criteria,” commented Satish Patel, Training Manager for ARCA.

“More members are now effectively planning all NVQs with us, so that candidates are able to complete their NVQ assessments in the most efficient and cost-effective way.”

Don’t delay… start planning your NVQs with ARCA today, call us on 01283 505777.

CSCS to end exemption to CITB Test

Currently if an applicant for a CSCS card has achieved an NVQ within the last 2 years, they do not have to sit the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test.

However, following the announcement by CSCS on 17th June this exemption will be withdrawn on 2nd September 2019 to meet the requirements of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC).

Therefore, all applicants for CSCS cards will be required to pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test regardless of when they obtained their NVQ.

If a CSCS card was gained without taking the CITB test, it will remain valid until the expiry date on the card. An applicant will need to undertake/pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test to renew the card.

Further information is available at www.cscs.uk.com/test-exemption 

Get involved in the ARCA Charity Week 2019

ARCA members have the opportunity to get involved and support the charity Mesothelioma UK.

“With over 2,700 new cases of Mesothelioma still being diagnosed each year, it is vital to continue to support the important work that Mesothelioma UK does, and in particular the clinical nurse specialists at NHS hospitals across the UK,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA.

“This year, we hope to see even more participation from our members.”

During the ARCA Charity Week, 16th – 20th September, ARCA members can raise funds to support those suffering with this asbestos related cancer by undertaking an activity, either as a team or an individual. Whether you take part in a fun run, a sport challenge, cake sale or raffle, please let us know your plans.

We hope you will get involved as all donations make a difference.

ARCA Member App now scores audits automatically

Recently, ARCA announced two new developments to the ARCA Site Audit App; automatic scoring and a Corrective Action Report. These developments have now been incorporated into the Member Internal Audit App.

This App is an adaptation of the ARCA Site Audit App, enabling Full Contracting ARCA members to follow the same question set as an ARCA audit.

The App now scores members internal audits automatically, using the same criteria as an ARCA audit, so improving this management tool for members to analyse their performance across all internal and ARCA audits.

Also, the App now identifies and collates any non-conformities within the internal audit report and presents the information within a separate Corrective Action Report, immediately after the audit is completed. This enables actions to be rectified without delay, and for many projects, this could be while the asbestos removal work is still being undertaken.

“From talking to members, we know that having the App score members’ internal audits will be a significant benefit in supporting their asbestos removal audit programmes,” commented Geoff Silver, ARCA Membership Compliance Manager.

ARCA members can sign up for the Member Internal Audit App at any time, for a single user or multiple users. Full information on pricing, together with a booking form can be found here.

ARCA joins the Contamination Expo Series 2019

ARCA, the UK’s leading association representing asbestos removal contractors, will be exhibiting and speaking at the Contamination Expo Series on 11 – 12 September 2019 at the NEC Birmingham.

The event will provide ARCA a platform to continue communicating how ARCA members can assist in safely managing and removing asbestos, and highlight property owners and managers legal responsibilities.

“One of our aims is to continually raise professional standards across the industry. We introduced unannounced site audits to the industry, over two years ago, as previously we arranged audits of members. This means ARCA members have no prior notice of when an ARCA auditor will be on-site to assess their performance,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA).

“Our members need to continually demonstrate they are working to high popular medicine levitra standards to maintain membership, by undertaking two satisfactory unannounced site audits every year. This strengthens the level of reassurance of ARCA Members performance, for all parties, including end-clients. I believe we are the only trade association to run this type of audit scheme in any industry,” concluded Steve Sadley.

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

Visit ARCA on stand J31.

Entrance to the exhibition and seminars is free – tickets can be ordered here.