Category Archives: ATaC News

ATaC announces Exclusive Offer

Following the recently available RSPH competency qualification, ATaC now offers the full range of qualifications asbestos surveyors and analysts need to gain competent person status. To mark this ATaC has announced an exclusive offer.

This range of asbestos qualifications are through the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and were specifically developed for professionals working in UKAS accredited organisations involved in asbestos management.

Why choose an RSPH asbestos qualification?
• Regulated independently by Ofqual
• UKAS recognised for compliance with LAB 30 and RG 8
• Service standard for issuing results/certificates 10 working days or less

Why choose ATaC to deliver asbestos qualifications?
• Trainer and assessor independent
• All assessments carried out by TAQA qualified assessors
• Conducted under ISO 9001 certified management system
• Scheduled qualifications available across the country and throughout the year

Exclusive Offer!

Now all the RSPH qualifications that asbestos surveyors and analysts need to gain competent person status are available, ATaC is offering ‘3 qualifications for the price of 2’.

Don’t miss ‘3 for 2’ … book before 29 September 2017!

“3 for 2” offer details, and terms and conditions, are available on the ATaC website here

ATaC Speaking at Contamination Expo 2017

The Asbestos Testing and Consultancy Association (ATaC) will be supporting Contamination Expo Series 2017 by exhibiting and discussing some of the legal duties on asbestos management.

During the seminar, Stephen Platkiw, ATaC Manager, will discuss the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012) and Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015), and the roles of the client, analyst and asbestos removal contractor, in relation to effective communications to ensure the responsibilities of all parties are met.

Contamination Expo Series 2017 will be held on 27-28 September at ExCel London and ATaC will be on stand C7180, in the hazardous material section of the event.

Asbestos Management requires effective Communication between all Parties. Don’t miss this free seminar, visit to pre-order your free ticket to this event.

ATaC adds Full Decontamination to Analyst Qualification

Association supports industry following HSE report findings

Today ATaC announced that all candidates taking the RSPH Level 3 Award in Air Monitoring and Clearance Procedures with the Association will undertake full decontamination.

A key finding of the “Asbestos Analysts Inspection Programme 2014/2015”, commissioned by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), highlighted that analysts’ decontamination procedures were poor, due to no written procedures and no practical training provided. Some analysts were not following procedures putting themselves at risk, by wearing domestic clothes underneath overalls, were unshaven, and unsure how to use a DCU for decontamination.

When delivering the RSPH Level 3 Award in Air Monitoring and Clearance Procedures, ATaC, has always used an actual DCU so all candidates are familiar with the unit and are walked through the decontamination procedure.

Following the recent report findings, ATaC has taken immediate action by enhancing the decontamination content of this qualification. Now all candidates will undertake full decontamination. This means that candidates, as well as being taught when to use a DCU and the decontamination procedure, will now physically go through the full decontamination process, including showering.

“When we heard this finding from the HSE report, we looked at how we could further support the industry. When we deliver the RSPH qualification we cover all these findings, however we thought we could take it a step further by including full decontamination,” stated Stephen Platkiw, ATaC Manager. “This enhancement will increase the analysts’ competency and safety.”

“This is a very positive move by ATaC, as it will support the health and safety of analysts, and the professionalism of the analytical industry,” commented Richard Burton, Director of Qualifications at The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).

For further information on the RSPH Level 3 Award in Air Monitoring and Clearance Procedures qualification please visit the ATaC website.

ATaC offers New RSPH Competency Qualification

New qualification in Asbestos Laboratory & Project Management accepted by UKAS and Ofqual regulated

ATaC, the Asbestos Testing and Consultancy Association, is pleased to announce the availability of the new Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) competency qualification for laboratory and project management.

This new RSPH Level 4 Certificate in Asbestos Laboratory and Project Management, which has been approved by the qualifications’ regulator Ofqual, has been designed to satisfy the LAB 30 requirement to have a designated competent person at a UKAS accredited laboratory. Therefore, it is an assessment of the skills and knowledge of managers, in both laboratory management and asbestos removal project management, to help ensure that their work is to the correct quality standard.

Steve Platkiw, Manager of ATaC, commented “After running a successful pilot last year we are pleased to be able to offer this new RSPH competency qualification. This management qualification now offers the asbestos laboratory industry an alternative route to competency, and an Ofqual regulated route.”

The qualification consists of two units; laboratory management and project management which are assessed by assignments; and a professional interview. Before candidates can undertake the qualification, they will attend an ATaC induction day for each unit, during which assignments will be set. Each unit is required to be completed in eight weeks and the first unit will need to be successfully completed before moving to the second unit. Once all assignments have been completed successfully, there is a final professional interview regarding the submitted assignments.

“We are delighted that our asbestos laboratory and project management qualification has been given equal standing to the existing certificate in competence by UKAS, and that it has been added to the Register of Regulated Qualifications” stated Richard Burton, Deputy Director (Head of Qualifications) at RSPH.

“This means candidates have access to a qualification which has been accepted by UKAS, meets the requirements of LAB 30, and is nationally recognised through Ofqual.”

More information about this qualification is available here