Category Archives: ATaC News

ARCA and ATaC Staff Complete Bike Challenge for Charity

Team covers 480 miles in 24 hours!

The team started their challenge on Monday, leaving Rayleigh at 9am, and after 24 hours on an exercise bike in the office, they reached Glasgow!

There were some difficult and painful times but the team – Alannah, Coryn, Geoff, Giulia, Isabelle, James, Louisa, Mark, Sarah B, Sarah H, Satish, Shaun and Steve – were determined to make it to Glasgow!

Congratulations to all members of the team for their fantastic effort to raise funds for Mesothelioma UK, and the Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

You can still reward the team’s effort by donating at www.justgiving.com/teams/ARCACharityWeek18

ATaC News magazine Spring 2018 available online

This latest issue of the ATaC / ARCA News magazine includes asbestos industry news, guidance and information on CSCS cards for asbestos surveyors and analysts.

Also, there are articles on research being undertaken by the HSE Science Division, developing people in the workplace and a short piece highlighting the amendments to the Asbestos Essential (HSG 210) task manual.

In January 1992 the first issue of ARCA News was published, now you can read the 100th issue of the journal for asbestos management professionals … available online here

Association transitions to new ISO9001:2015 with flying colours

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.”

Association issues 100th CSCS card

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.

ATaC News Magazine Autumn 2017 available online

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