New application process for CHAS via ARCA

Reduced rates for ARCA asbestos removal members

There is a new application and assessment process when applying for or renewing CHAS (H&S) accreditation from 1st July 2020.

The CHAS assessment process was changed to be in line with the SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement) requirement for all schemes to see greater evidence of all the requirements needed for accreditation.

For licensed asbestos removal members, ARCA continues to offer CHAS (H&S) assessment alongside membership. To apply via ARCA, a member company will be required to complete and submit an application form to ARCA, and also upload all supporting documentation to the new CHAS / ARCA Portal. Following this, an ARCA assessor will be able to access and audit the documentation, prior to CHAS accreditation confirmation.

When applying for CHAS (H&S), organisations need to confirm total number of employees, as the cost of accreditation is banded. For example, companies with 16 – 30 employees (office and site staff) would pay £465 if applying directly to CHAS. However, ARCA members can obtain a 25% discount (available across all bandings) when applying via ARCA.

Further information, including an application form, is available on the ARCA website

New developments and pricing for Member Internal Audit App

The Association’s Internal Audit App, for Asbestos Removal Members, has been enhanced and a ‘site observation’ audit for contract managers is now available within the App.

The App has recently been updated in line with the latest ARCA Site Audit Accreditation Scheme audit form, which includes the provision to include additional comments for each audit item, so making it easier to record good practices observed during the audit

The new ‘Contract MARCA Member Internal Site Audit App - Aanager Site Observation Audit’, available from 1st July 2020, provides a form enabling managers to quickly and easily record their site findings when visiting their projects. Such as, how the asbestos removal job is progressing and that the job is being undertaken as planned.

“We have developed the observations audit following feedback from members, so that managers’ site observations can be reported more formally. Also, the form is consistent in approach to a full ARCA audit, so supporting member contractors’ audit programmes,” commented Geoff Silver, ARCA Membership Compliance Manager.

From the 1st July there is a revised pricing structure for when there are more than five registered users, meaning the sixth and further licences will be reduced by 50% to just £25 per user per year.

Further information on the ARCA Member Internal Audit App, including the pricing structure and a booking form, can be found here

ARCA reinstates additional audits for members

Following ARCA resuming the membership site audit scheme at the beginning of June, the Association is now accepting requests from members for additional site audits to be undertaken from 1st July 2020.

 This is another step ARCA is taking to support members as asbestos removal contractors get back to work following the ease of COVID-19 restrictions.

Members can ARCA Auditor brequest the Association to carry out additional site audits, in addition to the three membership audits, to support their auditing programme. As these audits follow the same criteria as the ARCA membership audits there is a consistent form of measurement and they provide a further quality control mechanism to help keep standards high.

Members can request ARCA to organise additional audits by arrangement, whereby the member can ask for a specific site to be audited, or unannounced, whereby the member has no prior notice of an audit

Further information on additional audits and how to book one is available here

New ARCA training venue in Southampton

ARCA is pleased to announce a new training venue in Southampton, following a partnership with ABP Associates Ltd (a member of ATaC).

To support members in the South West a practical training programme for asbestos removal operatives and supervisors will commence on 1st July 2020.

“This new training venue is a great way to support our members. We are extremely grateful to ABP for agreeing to share their training facilities with us,” commented Satish Patel, Training Manager at ARCA. “It’s an excellent facility offering both practical areas and classrooms, which are set up for delivering training following safe working under COVID-19 guidance.”

The first courses to be held in Southampton are:

  • 1st July 2020 – New Operative 3-day training course – details >
  • 6th July 2020 – Operative Industry Refresher 1-day training course – details >
  • 7th July 2020 – Supervisor Industry Refresher 1-day training course – details >
  • 8th July 2020 – New Supervisor 3-day training course – details >

Further information on all ARCA centre-based and remote training courses can be found here

ARCA centres reopen for training

Next Monday, 22nd June, the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) will reopen its centres and resume practical asbestos training.

All ARCA training at its training centres will be delivered strictly in accordance with guidance on safe working during COVID-19, and this includes; reducing the number of candidates per course ARCA Training Room - set up to COVID-19 guidance - June 2020to ensure 2m social distancing can easily be achieved, in the training rooms desks are spaced out and candidates’ areas marked on the floor; for practical training individual areas have also been marked out, and there are hygiene stations.

“ARCA is open for training,” stated Satish Patel, Training Manager for ARCA.

“Both the training rooms and practical areas in Burton have been set up following COVID-19 guidance. Our centres at Rayleigh and Manchester are currently being set up in a similar way ready for our first scheduled courses on Monday 22nd June.”

“We have already scheduled a number of operative refresher courses, as well as courses for new operatives and supervisors, over the next few months.  Also, as more of our members are getting back to work we are taking bookings for NVQs, either at an ARCA centre or on-site.”

Information on all practical training courses at ARCA centres and remote training courses is available here