Category Archives: ATaC Member News

Acorn Analytical Services Ltd praise ATaC courses

Message from Acorn Analytical Services Ltd:

We recently sent one of our staff members on a survey course run by ATaC at their midlands office in Burton on Trent.

The course was very good and our staff member is now sitting looking at his qualification certificate five days after sitting the exam.

We as a company think that the turn round is exceptional and I would like to that the staff at ATaC and RSPH for their prompt service.

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The Analyst Project

This is an update on what HSE are looking for:

The analyst project started by HSE early this year and involves an initial questionnaire relating to procedures and how many 4 stage reoccupation test the laboratory conduct. HSE will then pick 25 laboratories at random who they will visit. This will be an office visit looking at procedures, asking pertinent questions and taking away samples and slides for re-analysis by the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL).

HSE are also looking at the ASB5 notification system. They will choose to visit asbestos removal contractors on the last day of the licensed asbestos work so that they can assess the analyst carrying out the 4 stage reoccupation test.

An ATaC member, has recently had an office visit by HSE as a part of this project and below are some points that were raised. Remember, the visit by HSE is nothing like a UKAS audit. The HSE are the enforcing authority and if necessary enforcement action could follow.

The meeting was all very friendly and frank, and they said the basic aim was to ensure the new HSG248 would be fit for purpose, but also to consider the health of analysts, as HSE are aware that ASLIC is 30 years old, and potentially there is a point around now where analysts maybe affected by mesothelioma.  They discussed decontamination for analysts, but in the main it was gaining information for statistical analysis.

The main points are as follows: Read more

Regional Meeting at ARCA training centre Rayleigh Essex Tomorrow

regional meetingThe ATaC team will be hosting our next regional meeting for our members at the ARCA training centre Rayleigh Essex, tomorrow.

The aims of our regional meetings are to engage with our members and ensure that we are on hand to answer any questions they might have. We intend to host as many regional meetings as necessary in order to ensure that all our members have the chance to join us.

If you would be interested in attending the regional meetings, please call us on 01283 566467 or alternatively email us at: info@atac.org.uk. Read more

Regional meetings for our ATaC members – 26th of November

The ATaC team will be hosting our next regional meeting for our members on the 26th  November at ARCA training centre Rayleigh Essex.

The aims of our regional meetings are to engage with our members and ensure that we are on hand to answer any questions they might have. We intend to host as many regional meetings as necessary in order to ensure that all our members have the chance to join us.

If you would be interested in attending the regional meetings, please call us on 01283 566467 or alternatively email us at: info@atac.org.uk.

We look forward to hearing from our members! Until then, we will keep you posted with updates here on our blog. Read more