ARCA Members Lead the Way in New Training

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The first of three new courses were today (6th June) launched by the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) to complement its existing range of courses. The first IOSH - Managing Safety in Construction Course was delivered for Erith Contractors Ltd, based in Erith, Essex for 20 managers in the company. Managers attended over a four week period, one day a week to successfully complete the course.

The first of three new courses were today (6th June) launched by the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) to complement its existing range of courses. The first IOSH - Managing Safety in Construction Course was delivered for Erith Contractors Ltd, based in Erith, Essex for 20 managers in the company. Managers attended over a four week period, one day a week to successfully complete the course.

In addition to the IOSH - Managing Safety in Construction, ARCA will be delivering Construction, Design and Management (CDM) 2007 regulations seminars, Confined spaces courses and Contract Management courses. HSE and ARCA members are keen to improve the health and safety employees through training.

Tony Darsey, Managing Director, Erith said: "I myself attended the IOSH course along with our site managers, contract managers and additional team members. We felt it was an important step to enable us to become a more rounded organisation in terms of health and safety. HSE expectations on all of us are increasing and this course gave us that additional knowledge to show we are a progressive organisation."

ARCA is widening the range of courses it offers to members to ensure that courses are available when members need them. Industry changes such as new regulations, practices and technological advances are incorporated into much of the existing courses. However, the new courses introduced provide a new range of skills that applies to members from company directors through to operatives.

"With the right training, staff will feel more confident, satisfied, self-reliant and actively communicate more effectively. Introducing and implementing asbestos training programmes will have a ripple effect throughout a company, thus improving morale, retention, efficiency and productivity", said Satish Patel, ARCA Training Manager, "Training is at the heart of ARCA; all courses are suitable for all members and we actively encourage them to take up the new courses."

For further information on ARCA's wide-ranging training courses visit http://www.arca.org.uk/training.

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