After working towards and developing procedures to transition from ISO9001:2008 to the new ISO9001:2015, earlier this month the Association gained certification to the new standard with no non-conformances or opportunities for improvement identified.
The Association has followed and been audited under the ISO9001 quality management system for the last thirteen years. The ARCA quality management system (QMS) describes the approach, procedures and processes to be followed in order to demonstrate the Association’s ability to consistently provide quality membership, training and auditing services.
This new standard includes more emphasis on assessing leadership; what are the organisation’s goals and how will these be achieved. Also, there is more on risk based thinking; ability to look at the bigger picture to see and take action on any risks to the business, as well as opportunities.
The auditor from NQA commented in his report; ‘the QMS was found to be comprehensive and continues to meet the needs of the Association.’
“I’m delighted to say ARCA obtained this new standard with no issues reported,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA. “The team has worked hard over the last twelve-months to transition to this new standard, and the result of the audit highlights our commitment to continually deliver a first-class service.”
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.
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
Asbestos Management – Communication between all parties
As a partner of the Contamination Expo Series, ATaC will be supporting the event by speaking on the safe management of asbestos.
The ATaC seminar is highly recommended for commercial property owners and facility managers, and asbestos analysts and removal contractors, as Stephen Platkiw will discuss their roles in an asbestos removal project, in relation to effective communications to ensure the legal responsibilities of all parties are met.
Join ATaC in Theatre 9 on Wednesday 27th September at 12:45 or Thursday 28th September at 14:15 in Theatre 13.
Contamination Expo Series is being held at ExCel London on 27th and 28th September – tickets are free by registering at www.hazardousmaterialexpo.com
Over the last few weeks a number of analysts have undertaken full decontamination while on the RSPH qualification with ATaC.
Two months ago, the Asbestos Testing and Consultancy Association (ATaC) announced that they would deliver full decontamination on the RSPH Level 3 Award in Asbestos Air Monitoring and Clearance Procedures qualification. This was after the publication of the finding of the ‘Asbestos Analysts Inspection Programme 2014/15’ commissioned by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), which highlighted that some analysts’ decontamination procedures were poor.
“It was very encouraging to see how quickly ATaC supported the industry following the report findings,” stated Jonathan Francis, Managing Director of Riverside Environmental. “Through ATaC, analytical companies can now be confident that their staff receive thorough training on the decontamination procedures, using a live decontamination unit.”
ATaC offers the full range of RSPH asbestos qualifications, which are independently regulated by Ofqual. Full details are available online.