Last year, the Association held their second Charity Week. A huge thank you to all of the ARCA / ATaC members and their staff for supporting the Charity Week by donating, biking, skydiving, baking (and eating), the total funds raised were fantastic.
This year, you can get involved during the 10th – 14th September, whether you run, walk, cycle, bake or hold a raffle, all donations can make a difference.
ARCA / ATaC Charity Week 2018 will support two charities; Mesothelioma UK and Wigan and Leigh Hospice.
“We are hoping that even more of our members and their staff get involved with the Charity Week this year to help support our charities”, commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA.
The funds you raise can make a difference to those suffering with an asbestos related cancer and to people with a life-limiting illness.
Mesothelioma UK – a national resource dedicated to supporting people with this asbestos cancer, providing specialist Mesothelioma information, support & improved care and treatment. This is achieved through a growing network of specialist Mesothelioma nurses (now 18 posted at NHS hospitals throughout the UK).
Wigan and Leigh Hospice – has been providing palliative care for adult patients across Wigan Borough for more than 30 years and provide skilled care, help and support for over 1,000 people with a life-limiting illness every year.
As from 15 February 2018 licensed asbestos removal contractors should complete a ‘Handover Form’ which should be given to the Analyst before the 4-stage clearance starts.
At the February 2018 ALG Meeting it was discussed that the licensed asbestos removal contractors should ensure that the asbestos enclosure or work area has been thoroughly cleaned by the contractor and that a thorough visual inspection has been completed by the contractor.
Following this the contractor should complete a ‘Handover Form’ which should be given to the Analyst before the 4-stage clearance starts. The Analyst should not start the clearance until the Handover Form has been received and is satisfactory, at which time the Analyst should sign and date the form.
In summary, the contractor should not arrange for the 4-stage clearance procedure to start until satisfied that:
• All the asbestos has been removed as detailed in the POW;
• The area inside the enclosure and airlocks is both clean and dry and has already passed their own thorough visual inspection;
• A Handover Form has been prepared for the Analyst;
• Sealant has not been applied.
ATaC Members can find a copy of this ‘Handover Form’ in the Member Portal within the Resources section.
ATaC will be delivering the RSPH Level 3 Award in Asbestos Surveying at its facilities in Rayleigh on the 14th February.
This qualification, which is held over three days consists of four units, with full details and pre-reading information available at www.atac.org.uk
To book your place, call ATaC on 01283 505777.
Physical and Virtual Smartcards now available through the Association
ATaC is pleased to announce that asbestos analysts and surveyors can now obtain both temporary red cards and Academically Qualified Person (AQP) white cards from the Association, as it is operating the ARMI Skills Card Scheme under licence from CSCS.
ATaC is now accepting applications, from employers and individual asbestos analysts/surveyors, for temporary (red) cards and 5-year AQP white cards. To apply for an ATaC ARMI Skills Card applicants will need to prove they have the qualifications required for that particular card.
The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) set the specification for industry card schemes carrying the CSCS logo, under which the ARMI Skills Card Scheme was approved as a nationally recognised scheme, enabling the use of the CSCS logo. Following this the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) and Asbestos Testing and Consultancy Association (ATaC) successfully completed an audit, confirming compliance with the CLC requirements.
“I’m pleased to say that from today, ATaC is able to issue CSCS cards to support our members gain access to many construction and demolition sites,” stated Stephen Platkiw, ATaC Manager.
“As well as physical smartcards, virtual smartcards can also be issued to applicants, at no additional cost, which will enable the cardholder to store their card on an app on their smartphone or tablet.”
To read more on the ATaC ARMI Skills Card Scheme and to download a relevant application form please visit the Asbestos Analyst Card or Asbestos Surveyor Card webpage or call 01283 505778
ATaC will be delivering the RSPH Level 3 Award in Air Monitoring and Clearance Procedures on the 11th September, at its facility in Burton.
During the four days, candidates will undertake full decontamination. This qualification is included in ATaC’s exclusive offer, “3 qualifications for the price of 2,” full details can be found here.
To book your place, call ATaC on 01283 505777.