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The Value of ARCA Membership

The Value of ARCA MembershipSteve Sadley - ARCA Chief Executive

The ARCA Site Audit Accreditation Scheme remains the vehicle for full contracting members to continually demonstrate that they are working to the very high standards required in the industry today. Indeed successful participation in the scheme is requirement for continued membership of the association. Many companies now realise the value of independent auditing and the role that it plays in ensuring that standards of workmanship continue to be maintained and the opportunities for improvement that it highlights. In response to requests by members of the Association, ARCA is now able to offer independent site audits in addition to those already carried out as part of the site audit accreditation scheme. Any member company wishing to take advantage of the independent site audit service should contact Geoff Silver at the ARCA offices.

12 months have passed since the training credits were included in the annual membership subscription for full contracting members. It was initially envisaged that these training credits would only be valid for the membership subscription period of 12 months. However, as this is the first year of the revised membership package including training credits, the Governing Council of the Association have decided that the training credits for the first year of the new membership package will continue to be valid for a further three months following membership renewal.

I am pleased to report that Howden Insurance Brokers have been selected as ATAC’s recommended provider of liability insurance cover to its membership. Howden is a leading Lloyd’s broker offering a range of specialist insurances. Miles Smith remains ARCA’s recommended insurance broker and Miles Smith’s continuing sponsorship of the Site Audit Accreditation Scheme has been integral to the success of the scheme since its inception. The ARCA Governing Council has approved a new grade of membership which will be known as corporate membership. This grade of membership is aimed at companies or organisations involved in building, construction or property including trade associations and local authorities concerned with these disciplines. The package offered to these organisations will include 5 places on Asbestos Awareness Courses (including CPD points), ARCA News and all ARCA Information, Certificate of Membership and Membership Prices on all ARCA training. This membership grade will also allow ARCA and ATAC to engage with those companies and individuals who procure the services of ARCA and ATAC members.

The HSE have received some preliminary feedback regarding the pilot asbestos awareness campaign which was run in the North West of the country during February / March this year. The initial feedback is very encouraging with the HSE confident that they have substantially raised the awareness of asbestos to the target group of plumbers, electricians and general tradesmen. Once the final analysis of the feedback has been carried out the HSE will use the methods which have proved to be successful to launch a nationwide awareness campaign in October of this year. This campaign will once again have a target audience of plumbers electricians and general tradesmen and this time will also include carpenters who have been identified as one of the current ‘at risk’ groups from asbestos exposure.

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