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.”
As a trade association ATaC is working as part of the Trailblazer Group to produce the first Trailblazer Apprenticeship scheme for asbestos analysts and surveyors.
Following the approval of the industry standard for this apprenticeship, the Trailblazer Group is pleased to confirm that funding has been allocated.
Also an assessment plan has now been completed and submitted to the Department of Education (DfE) for approval.
For more information, please visit the ATaC Apprenticeship webpage.
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 28th September in Glasgow, at the IET Glasgow Teachers Building.
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.
These seminars 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.
For more information, and to book a place, at just £35.00 plus vat, please visit ‘ATaC Seminars’.
ATaC will discuss clients’ legal duties on managing the risks from asbestos
ATaC, a partner of the new Contamination Expo, will be supporting the event by exhibiting and discussing the regulations on managing the risks from asbestos, a Category 1 carcinogen.
At the seminar Stephen Platkiw, the ATaC Manager, will highlight the legal responsibilities of all duty holders. whether a property owner or manager; on managing the risks from asbestos in buildings.
The presentation will cover the duty holder’s legal duties as defined in Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and also the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.
Join ATaC in Theatre 12 on Wednesday 12th October at 13:15
Contamination Expo 2016 is being held on 12th and 13th October at ExCel, London. Don’t miss this event … pre-order your free entrance tickets at www.hazardousmaterialexpo.com