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OCS manager joins the ARMI ranks

02 June 2016

Mike Brookes, OCS senior project manager, is one of nine people in the UK to have been accepted as a Fellow of the Asbestos Removal Management Institute (ARMI).

In the rigorous training and assessment process, Brookes demonstrated his knowledge and competence of working with materials containing asbestos, as well as exemplary standards of health and safety management.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has previously identified leadership and management as a major failing within the asbestos removal industry.

An ARMI Fellow is required to hold a level five qualification in this, and Brookes needed to demonstrate five core elements of leadership and management, outlined by the HSE as commitment, worker engagement, compliance, measurement and learning.

Bob Taylor, OCS UK CEO, commented: “We would like to congratulate Mike on his achievement. This is further testament to our expert team and their skill and resource to ensure projects are delivered safely in hazardous, demanding and sensitive environments.”

Brookes added: “OCS Environmental Services safety record is second to none. The team has been awarded the Royal Society for the Protection of Accidents (RoSPA) Gold Medal for outstanding occupational health and safety and a Gold Award for Training from the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA). The fellowship award is an honour and will help to build on this success.”

The ARMI is a joint venture between the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA), Asbestos Control and Abatement Division (ACAD), and National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC).

The institute was established to create a professional body that recognised and promoted management and leadership within the industry.

Its members are required “to pursue exemplary standards of leadership and management” and “are encouraged to develop a culture of continuous improvement and to demonstrate competency.”

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