ATaC joins the Contamination Expo Series 2018

New date and venue for Expo

ATaC, the Asbestos Testing and Consultancy Association, is pleased to announce attendance at the Contamination Expo Series 2018 to be held at the NEC Birmingham.

This is the third year the Contamination Expo Series has been held, however it is the first year the Expo will be at the NEC. The event will be made up of seven sectors, including hazardous waste and land remediation, all focussed on providing information on, and solutions for, contamination issues.

“Exhibiting at the Contamination Expo will help us to continue communicating how crucial it is for duty holders, such as property owners and managers, to understand how to manage asbestos safely,” commented Stephen Platkiw, the ATaC Manager.

“We are delighted that ATaC is joining Contamination Expo Series again this year,” stated Daniel Rogers, Events Director of the Contamination Expo Series. “The event attracts visitors from a number of different sectors, many of which the risks from asbestos could affect, whether in buildings or in the ground.”

Contamination Expo will be held on 12-13 September and entrance to the exhibition and seminars is free – tickets can be ordered at www.contaminationexpo.com

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

ATaC Announces Charity Week 2018

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.

Get Involved

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.

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.”

Contractors Handover Form for Analyst

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.