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Contractors Handover Form for Analyst

As from 15 February 2018 licensed asbestos removal contractors should complete a ‘Handover Form’ which should be given to the Analyst before the 4-stage clearance starts.

At the February 2018 ALG Meeting it was discussed that the licensed asbestos removal contractors should ensure that the asbestos enclosure or work area has been thoroughly cleaned by the contractor and that a thorough visual inspection has been completed by the contractor.

Following this the contractor should complete a ‘Handover Form’ which should be given to the Analyst before the 4-stage clearance starts. The Analyst should not start the clearance until the Handover Form has been received and is satisfactory, at which time the Analyst should sign and date the form.

In summary, the contractor should not arrange for the 4-stage clearance procedure to start until satisfied that:

• All the asbestos has been removed as detailed in the POW;
• The area inside the enclosure and airlocks is both clean and dry and has already passed their own thorough visual inspection;
• A Handover Form has been prepared for the Analyst;
• Sealant has not been applied.

ATaC Members can find a copy of this ‘Handover Form’ in the Member Portal within the Resources section.

Association issues 100th CSCS card

Following announcing the availability of CSCS Cards through the Association, 100 ARMI Skills Cards have now been issued.

These cards, for asbestos removal operatives and managers, together with cards for asbestos analysts and surveyors, have been issued as both physical smartcards and also as virtual smartcards.

“The volume of take up has been quicker than we thought,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA.

“Also, virtual smartcards have been requested by the majority of applicants, as they can have a card on their phone (after downloading the app) within minutes of the application being processed. There have been some applicants who have left their application to the last minute, so this service has definitely been a benefit to them!”

Information and application forms for ARMI Skills Cards can be found here.

ATaC now issuing Asbestos Analyst and Surveyor CSCS Cards  

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.”

To read more on the ATaC ARMI Skills Card Scheme and to download a relevant application form please visit the Asbestos Analyst Card or Asbestos Surveyor Card webpage or call 01283 505778

ATaC News Magazine Autumn 2017 available online

In this Autumn issue read about the full range of RSPH qualifications and ARCA audits and find the day/time to join ATaC’s seminar at Contamination Expo.,

Also, there is an article on ‘what clients need to know about asbestos surveys’.

Don’t miss reading the latest issue of the ARCA / ATaC News magazine, the journal for asbestos management professionals … available online here