Physical and Virtual Smartcards now available through the Association
ATaC is pleased to announce that asbestos analysts and surveyors can now obtain both temporary red cards and Academically Qualified Person (AQP) white cards from the Association, as it is operating the ARMI Skills Card Scheme under licence from CSCS.
ATaC is now accepting applications, from employers and individual asbestos analysts/surveyors, for temporary (red) cards and 5-year AQP white cards. To apply for an ATaC ARMI Skills Card applicants will need to prove they have the qualifications required for that particular card.
The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) set the specification for industry card schemes carrying the CSCS logo, under which the ARMI Skills Card Scheme was approved as a nationally recognised scheme, enabling the use of the CSCS logo. Following this the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) and Asbestos Testing and Consultancy Association (ATaC) successfully completed an audit, confirming compliance with the CLC requirements.
“I’m pleased to say that from today, ATaC is able to issue CSCS cards to support our members gain access to many construction and demolition sites,” stated Stephen Platkiw, ATaC Manager.
“As well as physical smartcards, virtual smartcards can also be issued to applicants, at no additional cost, which will enable the cardholder to store their card on an app on their smartphone or tablet.”
Asbestos Management – Communication between all parties
As a partner of the Contamination Expo Series, ATaC will be supporting the event by speaking on the safe management of asbestos.
The ATaC seminar is highly recommended for commercial property owners and facility managers, and asbestos analysts and removal contractors, as Stephen Platkiw will discuss their roles in an asbestos removal project, in relation to effective communications to ensure the legal responsibilities of all parties are met.
Join ATaC in Theatre 9 on Wednesday 27th September at 12:45 or Thursday 28th September at 14:15 in Theatre 13.
Contamination Expo Series is being held at ExCel London on 27th and 28th September – tickets are free by registering at www.hazardousmaterialexpo.com
Over the last few weeks a number of analysts have undertaken full decontamination while on the RSPH qualification with ATaC.
Two months ago, the Asbestos Testing and Consultancy Association (ATaC) announced that they would deliver full decontamination on the RSPH Level 3 Award in Asbestos Air Monitoring and Clearance Procedures qualification. This was after the publication of the finding of the ‘Asbestos Analysts Inspection Programme 2014/15’ commissioned by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), which highlighted that some analysts’ decontamination procedures were poor.
“It was very encouraging to see how quickly ATaC supported the industry following the report findings,” stated Jonathan Francis, Managing Director of Riverside Environmental. “Through ATaC, analytical companies can now be confident that their staff receive thorough training on the decontamination procedures, using a live decontamination unit.”
ATaC offers the full range of RSPH asbestos qualifications, which are independently regulated by Ofqual. Full details are available online.