Category Archives: ATaC Member News

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.

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