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ATaC adds Full Decontamination to Analyst Qualification

Association supports industry following HSE report findings

Today ATaC announced that all candidates taking the RSPH Level 3 Award in Air Monitoring and Clearance Procedures with the Association will undertake full decontamination.

A key finding of the “Asbestos Analysts Inspection Programme 2014/2015”, commissioned by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), highlighted that analysts’ decontamination procedures were poor, due to no written procedures and no practical training provided. Some analysts were not following procedures putting themselves at risk, by wearing domestic clothes underneath overalls, were unshaven, and unsure how to use a DCU for decontamination.

When delivering the RSPH Level 3 Award in Air Monitoring and Clearance Procedures, ATaC, has always used an actual DCU so all candidates are familiar with the unit and are walked through the decontamination procedure.

Following the recent report findings, ATaC has taken immediate action by enhancing the decontamination content of this qualification. Now all candidates will undertake full decontamination. This means that candidates, as well as being taught when to use a DCU and the decontamination procedure, will now physically go through the full decontamination process, including showering.

“When we heard this finding from the HSE report, we looked at how we could further support the industry. When we deliver the RSPH qualification we cover all these findings, however we thought we could take it a step further by including full decontamination,” stated Stephen Platkiw, ATaC Manager. “This enhancement will increase the analysts’ competency and safety.”

“This is a very positive move by ATaC, as it will support the health and safety of analysts, and the professionalism of the analytical industry,” commented Richard Burton, Director of Qualifications at The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).

For further information on the RSPH Level 3 Award in Air Monitoring and Clearance Procedures qualification please visit the ATaC website.

ATaC offers New RSPH Competency Qualification

New qualification in Asbestos Laboratory & Project Management accepted by UKAS and Ofqual regulated

ATaC, the Asbestos Testing and Consultancy Association, is pleased to announce the availability of the new Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) competency qualification for laboratory and project management.

This new RSPH Level 4 Certificate in Asbestos Laboratory and Project Management, which has been approved by the qualifications’ regulator Ofqual, has been designed to satisfy the LAB 30 requirement to have a designated competent person at a UKAS accredited laboratory. Therefore, it is an assessment of the skills and knowledge of managers, in both laboratory management and asbestos removal project management, to help ensure that their work is to the correct quality standard.

Steve Platkiw, Manager of ATaC, commented “After running a successful pilot last year we are pleased to be able to offer this new RSPH competency qualification. This management qualification now offers the asbestos laboratory industry an alternative route to competency, and an Ofqual regulated route.”

The qualification consists of two units; laboratory management and project management which are assessed by assignments; and a professional interview. Before candidates can undertake the qualification, they will attend an ATaC induction day for each unit, during which assignments will be set. Each unit is required to be completed in eight weeks and the first unit will need to be successfully completed before moving to the second unit. Once all assignments have been completed successfully, there is a final professional interview regarding the submitted assignments.

“We are delighted that our asbestos laboratory and project management qualification has been given equal standing to the existing certificate in competence by UKAS, and that it has been added to the Register of Regulated Qualifications” stated Richard Burton, Deputy Director (Head of Qualifications) at RSPH.

“This means candidates have access to a qualification which has been accepted by UKAS, meets the requirements of LAB 30, and is nationally recognised through Ofqual.”

More information about this qualification is available here

ARCA and ATaC members support young children with tumours

A fund of £27,000 raised for Indee Rose Trust

Last year, through social events and auctions, and for the first time, a Charity Week, many members and staff got involved to raise funds for the Association’s two charities.

One charity ARCA chose to support was the Indee Rose Trust, as through donations this charity supports children, who have been diagnosed with a brain or spinal tumour, and their families.

“I became aware of the Indee Rose Trust a few years ago,” said Grant Beglan, Chairman of ARCA. “Jane and Russell, who founded the charity in 2009 in memory of their daughter, do a tremendous job. One way they support children, who spend such a long time in hospital, is by putting together personlised treasure boxes, with gifts to bring some enjoyment to the children and make them smile.”

“A few months ago, I had the pleasure of delivering one of these treasure boxes to two-year old Ben Price while he was in hospital receiving treatment. I found this experience very moving as although he was extremely poorly his little face lit up after opening a few gifts. This confirmed to me that our fundraising activities are so important.”

Russell Dopson, co-founded of the Indee Rose Trust, commented; “We are so overwhelmed by your generosity. Thank you to every single person who took the time to fundraise. This donation will go a very long way to help us help many children and their families.”

“We are currently helping two children every week, to this will help us make up lots more treasure boxes for these children. It will also support the running of our holiday homes which we offer to families to enjoy a break when the child has completed their treatment. We feel this is vital, as it allows the child and their close family to spend precious time together. Again, this year our holiday homes are fully booked.”

Many ARCA and ATaC members got involved in the ARCA Charity Week 2016 by taking part in and holding various events, including running, biking, climbing and cake baking, and made their donations to the Indee Rose Trust or to be shared between the Association’s two charities.

RSPH Asbestos Surveying Qualification available in May

ATaC is running the RSPH Level 3 Award in Asbestos Surveying in May at its facility in Burton and Glasgow.
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This RSPH qualification, which is approved by the qualifications’ regulator Ofqual, is held over three days starting on 17th May.

Full details on this qualification and fees can be found online.

To book your place call ATaC on 01283 505777