Monthly Archives: April 2015

ARCA to hold ‘How to Manage Asbestos Safely’ seminars in Ireland

ARCA is hosting ‘How to Manage Asbestos Safely’ seminars in Ireland in July 2015.

The Association’s aim is to raise awareness of asbestos – a hidden danger – as this is vital in helping reduce the health risks faced by workers today.

Guest speakers are experts in health & safely, and asbestos removal, surveying & analysis.

They will highlight the practical guidelines of managing asbestos for the safety of the work force and also the public, and provide knowledge and advice on asbestos removal, surveying and analysis.

‘How to Manage Asbestos Safely’ is an event not to be missed by property owners, facility managers, and members of the construction and all trade industries.

For more details and to book a place visit

Regulations change for Notifiable Non-Licensed Work on Asbestos

Medical examinations needed for all workers carrying out NNLW on asbestos from 1st May 2015

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 requires medical surveillance for workers undertaking licensed asbestos work, and from 1st May 2015, will also cover workers carrying out Notifiable Non-Licensed Work (NNLW) on asbestos.

A worker planning to carry out any NNLW, on or after 1st May 2015, must have a medical examination before this work can be commenced, unless the worker has had a suitable examination in the previous three years. These examinations can be carried out by an appropriate fully registered medical practitioner and must be repeated every three years (or before if advised by the medical practitioner) while this type of work is undertaken or excepted to be undertaken.

An award-winning artist has created a tribute to loved ones killed by asbestos

Some 5,000 people still die from asbestos-related diseases each year, making it a bigger killer than road traffic accidents. Award-winning artist Joe Joiner, whose great-grandmother died after being exposed to the substance, has created a moving new art installation in tribute.
The installation, which is on display in Covent Garden London, is made up of heartfelt messages from people who have lost loved ones to asbestos-related diseases.

The Management of Asbestos in Schools policy review March 2015

The Department for Education (DfE) – The Management of Asbestos in Schools policy review March 2015

The Department for Education has reviewed its policy on asbestos management in schools and invited views from stakeholders through a call for evidence.

The steps they will take are:
a) Develop better and more targeted guidance on asbestos management in schools.
b) Enhance the scrutiny on duty holders for managing asbestos in their schools.
c) Look at ways to improve their evidence base, including thorough air sampling in schools.
d) Continue to fund the removal of asbestos where appropriate, directly and indirectly, through their funding programmes.
e) Encourage more academies to join the Risk Protection Arrangement.

You can read more in the latest issue of the ATaC / ACRA News – Issue 88