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Managing Asbestos seminar in London on 23rd November

Learn about the latest legislation and how to manage asbestos safely

ATaC, the Asbestos Testing and Consultancy Association, will be holding ‘Know your Responsibilities for Managing Asbestos’ seminar on 23rd November in London, at The Grange Wellington Hotel.

The half day seminar will cover a number of subjects including the forthcoming analysts guide from the HSE, importance of asbestos exposure monitoring data, clients’ duties under the CDM 2015 regulations, and duty holders legal responsibilities of managing the risks from asbestos.

This seminar will be invaluable to all those with the duty to manage asbestos, including; property owners, facility and estate managers, construction managers, health and safety professionals; as well as asbestos analysts and removal contractors.

Registration will be at 9:00 for a 9:30 start and the seminar will wrap up around 12:30.

For more information, and to book a place, at just £35.00 plus vat, please visit ‘ATaC Seminars’ or call ATaC on 01283 566467.

Own an original ‘Portrait of your Pet’ and support ARCA Charity Week

If you or a member of your family has a much loved pet, whether it’s a dog, cat or rabbit, you could commission an original portrait.

All you have to do is place a bid!

It’s easy, just email info@arca.org.uk or call 01283 566467 to pledge an amount before 5pm on Friday 28th October.

The winner, that is the highest bidder, will be contacted on Monday 31st October. Then the artist, Stephen Platkiw, will need a couple of photos of the winner’s pet, from which he will produce a portrait in pastels.

The finished A4 portrait will be supplied framed and in time for Christmas.

The Charity Week is to support two worthwhile causes – Mesothelioma UK, which is a national resource dedicated to supporting people with asbestos cancer, and the Indee Rose Trust, which helps children, and their families, who have been diagnosed with a brain or spinal tumour.

Staff support Association’s Charity Week with Bike Challenge

To support the ARCA and ATaC charities, some of the staff at the head office in Burton upon Trent, will be biking 480 miles.

The team aim to cover the 480 miles, the distance between its furthest training facilities in Glasgow and Rayleigh, on an exercise bike in the office. At 9am on Monday 24th October the team will begin and continue throughout the working days, completing before the end of business on Friday 28th October.

It’s a challenge but the team, some not as fit as others, are determined to cover the mileage in the time!

Follow the team’s progress at www.twitter.com/arca_org_uk and see some live coverage at www.facebook.com/arca.org.uk

The Charity Week is to support two worthwhile causes – Mesothelioma UK, which is a national resource dedicated to supporting people with asbestos cancer, and the Indee Rose Trust, which helps children, and their families, who have been diagnosed with a brain or spinal tumour.

You can sponsor the team by donating at www.justgiving.com/teams/ARCACharityWeek

Latest ATaC News Magazine available online

Don’t miss reading the latest issue of the ARCA/ATaC News magazine. This 60page issue covers news from the asbestos management industry, an update on the Trailblazer Apprenticeship for asbestos analysts & surveyors, and guidance.

Did you know that ATaC is holding a ‘Know your Responsibilities for Managing Asbestos’ seminar in London in November … and you can meet ATaC at the Contamination Expo next week at the ExCel?

Don’t miss out … read the latest issue of the journal for the asbestos management industry

ATaC supports Futures Housing Group – surveyors undertake asbestos qualification

Earlier this year, Futures Housing Group looked to the Asbestos Testing and Consultancy Association (ATaC) to deliver asbestos surveying qualification to their team of surveyors.

Futures Housing Group (FHG) owns and manages a portfolio of 9,000 properties across the East Midlands, as well as managing nearly 200 privately owned homes for a range of landlords.

The Group’s property management team includes a team of 12 surveyors. The surveyors have asbestos awareness training, however, at the end of last year FHG looked at what specific asbestos surveying training or qualifications were available to support the team and the business.

Dean Tonks, Health, Safety and Environment Manager at FHG, explained: “We recognise our legal duty to understand where and what material contains asbestos, and manage any associated risk. Therefore, as a business we took the decision to invest in furthering the asbestos knowledge base of our surveying team. After reviewing the available qualifications, the most suitable was the RSPH qualification which is delivered by ATaC.

“The qualification delivered what we needed and more,” said Dean. “Properties have full asbestos surveys carried out by external professionals, and this will continue, however by having asbestos surveying expertise in-house, re-inspections can be carried out by our own team of surveyors. Also, as the team are now fully aware of what to look for they can recognise any concerns at a property visit. This meets our aim of bringing more expertise in-house, reducing costs and adding a further benefit to our tenants and landlords.”

After completing the three days and the assessments all the surveyors were awarded the RSPH qualification.

Candidates feedback included: “Very well structured and presented.” – “The tutor was excellent and very informative.” – “Well explained by the tutor (Shaun).” – “Very informative and delivered very well by Matt.”