Chirmarn – December 2020 Update
Chirmarn are delighted to announce 2 major pieces of good news received in the second week of December 2020; firstly, Chirmarn Group have been awarded a 3 year licence again with HSE meaning Chirmarn has held a licence for asbestos for over 30 years. A massive effort from the staff having showcased our ability, capacity and the successful integration of LilQuest Asbestos into the Group.
Secondly, having held ISO 9001 for a number of years, we have been awarded both renewal of 9001 and also ISO 14001 and 45001 following the efforts of the Operations and Technical Teams over the summer.
We would like to reassure you that we remain fully operational to support our clients, partners and stakeholders nationwide to manage their expectations. We are fully committed to ensuring business continuity, whilst at the same time protecting our people.
As a responsible business, we have implemented procedures to safeguard our employees, while best serve the needs of our clients. At a time when we are generally restricting travel, our office professionals have successfully relocated to remote working environments; those employees that work on-site have implemented strong safety measures such as reduced team sizes, strict hygiene requirements, reduced face to face contact with third parties and continual monitoring of the public health guidance issued by local governments.
In spite of all the new rules during these difficult times, our business continues and our work is conducted efficiently.
There are inevitably some impacts to projects, the supply chain and our partners but we are a dynamic organisation – we will continue to work with you all as effectively as possible. Whilst the way we work has changed, our commitment to quality delivery remains resolute.
On behalf of our business, I would like to wish you all a happy new year. I also offer my thanks to our clients and employees for your continued effort and dedication. We recognise that this may be a long road to recovery and I want to assure you that we are committed to supporting you through these challenges.
Chirmarn – LilQuest Merger Statement 19th February 2020
We are delighted to announce the imminent merger of LilQuest Asbestos Management and Chirmarn Asbestos into one leaner and agile single business unit, which is in line with of our planned growth strategy. This merger amalgamates two established and trusted brands in the asbestos removal sector, with a proven pedigree over the last several decades.
This change represents an exciting transformation and advancement for our businesses, combining mutual knowledge and expertise to the benefit of all key stakeholders, i.e. clients, supply partners, regulators and employees.
Our companies are progressive leaders in the sector with a desire to adapt to continual change. Our success is testament to our dedicated and loyal workforce. From the management team through to the site operatives, improvements and growth have culminated in us realising our expansion targets.
As part of this integration, a thorough change management plan is currently in process to ensure we implement best practice across the whole business – we aim to align shared resources (including technical, operational, sales, finance, IT, HR etc) and identify synergies to lower costs to enable us to service clients outside our traditional technical and geographical limitations. Through this change we intend to enhance our core services, rationalise the cost base, leverage our purchasing capability to drive economies of scale and maximise further growth opportunities.
Whilst our plans are being implemented, it will remain ‘business as usual’ throughout 2020, with seamless access to our existing management, processes and systems. Once the integration is finalised, we intend to rebrand the business, however, we will communicate with our key stakeholders with significant announcements to be made during the process.
The merger of our existing businesses is we believe a natural next phase in the development of the Bing Bing Group. Lilquest Facilities will also be integrated into the same group, which then allows us to offer clients a project turnkey solution for asbestos abatement works and all associated services for maintenance, fire, refurbishment and development.
We will provide further key announcements throughout the year and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support; we could not have achieved any of this without you.
Please direct any questions to the following:
- Licence renewal application support on-goingby ARCA Blogger on August 12, 2020 at 9:02 am
After over 10 years of supporting members prepare for their licence renewal, a lockdown due to COVID-19 did not stop ARCA continuing to support members. Applications for asbestos licence renewal still had to be prepared and/or electronically submitted to the HSE during lockdown, and ARCA was there to assist members by holding remote meetings, either The post Licence renewal application support on-going appeared first on ARCA.
- Working safely on site during COVID-19by ARCA Blogger on July 16, 2020 at 12:58 pm
The latest Government guidance for workers on outdoor sites and how to support the NHS Test and Trace service is available. To support workers’ and site visitors’ health during the COVID-19 pandemic, this guidance includes topics such as; social distancing, PPE, managing the workforce (e.g. shift patterns and creating distinct groups to reduce the number The post Working safely on site during COVID-19 appeared first on ARCA.
- Contract managers can now convert L4 Certificate to Diplomaby ARCA Blogger on July 14, 2020 at 8:33 am
Licensed asbestos removal contract managers, who achieved an RSPH Level 4 Certificate within the last five years, can now convert this to the RSPH Level 4 Diploma. To successfully complete the conversion contract managers need to pass two written examinations to verify their knowledge and understanding of Units 3471 and 3472. That is the principles The post Contract managers can now convert L4 Certificate to Diploma appeared first on ARCA.
- Revised asbestos licence application formby ARCA Blogger on July 8, 2020 at 8:58 am
The HSE has made some small changes to the asbestos licence application form following discussion with the ALC Licensing Sub-Group. These revised documents will be used for licences that expire from November 2020 onwards. Asbestos Licence Application Form V7.2 The evidence document/information required is now listed in the pre-populated evidence table, and if an applicant The post Revised asbestos licence application form appeared first on ARCA.
- New ARCA training venue in Leedsby ARCA Blogger on July 7, 2020 at 8:41 am
ARCA is pleased to announce a new training venue in Leeds, following a partnership with Rhodar Ltd (a member of the Association), to support members in the North with practical refresher training for asbestos removal operatives and supervisors. “With the addition of this venue we now offer practical asbestos training at seven venues, so supporting The post New ARCA training venue in Leeds appeared first on ARCA.
- New application process for CHAS via ARCAby ARCA Blogger on June 29, 2020 at 9:41 am
Reduced rates for ARCA asbestos removal members There is a new application and assessment process when applying for or renewing CHAS (H&S) accreditation from 1st July 2020. The CHAS assessment process was changed to be in line with the SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement) requirement for all schemes to see greater evidence of all the The post New application process for CHAS via ARCA appeared first on ARCA.
- New developments and pricing for Member Internal Audit Appby ARCA Blogger on June 25, 2020 at 9:07 am
The Association’s Internal Audit App, for Asbestos Removal Members, has been enhanced and a ‘site observation’ audit for contract managers is now available within the App. The App has recently been updated in line with the latest ARCA Site Audit Accreditation Scheme audit form, which includes the provision to include additional comments for each audit The post New developments and pricing for Member Internal Audit App appeared first on ARCA.
- ARCA reinstates additional audits for membersby ARCA Blogger on June 24, 2020 at 8:45 am
Following ARCA resuming the membership site audit scheme at the beginning of June, the Association is now accepting requests from members for additional site audits to be undertaken from 1st July 2020. This is another step ARCA is taking to support members as asbestos removal contractors get back to work following the ease of COVID-19 The post ARCA reinstates additional audits for members appeared first on ARCA.
- New ARCA training venue in Southamptonby ARCA Blogger on June 22, 2020 at 9:18 am
ARCA is pleased to announce a new training venue in Southampton, following a partnership with ABP Associates Ltd (a member of ATaC). To support members in the South West a practical training programme for asbestos removal operatives and supervisors will commence on 1st July 2020. “This new training venue is a great way to support The post New ARCA training venue in Southampton appeared first on ARCA.
- ARCA centres reopen for trainingby ARCA Blogger on June 15, 2020 at 9:53 am
Next Monday, 22nd June, the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) will reopen its centres and resume practical asbestos training. All ARCA training at its training centres will be delivered strictly in accordance with guidance on safe working during COVID-19, and this includes; reducing the number of candidates per course to ensure 2m social distancing can The post ARCA centres reopen for training appeared first on ARCA.