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Asbestos Testing & Consultancy (ATaC) represents asbestos testing and consultancy specialists throughout the UK and overseas.

Our members are established in the provision of asbestos management services and have had many years experience providing the services which are required by regulation.

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Get involved in the ARCA Charity Week 2019

ARCA and ATaC 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 and ATaC 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.

ATaC joins the Contamination Expo Series 2019

ATaC, the Asbestos Testing and Consultancy Association, is pleased to announce attendance at the Contamination Expo Series 2019 to be held at the NEC Birmingham.

The Contamination Expo, on 11 and 12 September, will be made up of seven sectors, including hazardous waste and land remediation, all focussed on providing information on, and solutions for, contamination issues.

The event will provide ATaC with the opportunity to continue communicating how members can assist duty holders, such as property owners and managers, in safely managing the risks from asbestos. This can be through asbestos surveyors and air sampling on-site during and after asbestos removal work.

Attendees can meet ATaC, and ARCA, the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association, on stand J31.

Entrance to the exhibition and seminars is free by ordering tickets prior to the event here.

Member Regional Meetings – Dates for your diary!

Dates for the next round of member regional meetings are now available online.

The Association’s regional meetings have no limit to the number of attendees from each member company or which meeting is attended. However, we are asking members to register their attendance in order to ensure there is sufficient seating and catering available.

Register for free here in one simple step.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

CITB to update Health, Safety & Environment Test

The CITB has announced more improvements to the Health, Safety and Environment Test as from the 26 June 2019.

The Health, Safety and Environment Test is a requirement when applying for CSCS Cards.

All versions of the test have been reviewed and where applicable the questions have been updated to keep up with current legislation.  The Operatives test in particular will have a substantial update to better reflect the range of day to day tasks and responsibilities an Operative has on-site.

In the revised test candidates will have one section of questions, rather than two, as behavioural case studies and accompanying questions will be taken out. However, behavioural elements will be incorporated into many of the 50 test questions. Candidates will still have 45 minutes to answer the 50 questions.

With one section of questions the score will be easier to understand and with the new scoring, the pass mark for the Operatives’ test will be 45 out of 50

The CITB will be making updated revision material available from 15 May 2019.

Further information can be found on the CITB website.

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 red and Academically Qualified Person white cards, for asbestos analysts and surveyors are available at www.atac.org.uk