Tim Clifford has become a member of the Asbestos Removal Management Institute (ARMI). Following an interview held at the Institute’s offices in November 2014 he was been awarded Fellowship status – the highest of three grades of membership available.
The ARMI is a joint venture between three trade bodies – the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA), the Asbestos Control & Abatement Division (ACAD) and the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC). It was launched in February 2014 to recognise and promote effective leadership and management within the asbestos removal management industry.
Tim believes the asbestos sector has for some time sought to have a professional standing for senior management: “Membership of ARMI is a demonstrable benchmark of personal development,” he said, “The necessity to achieve increasing levels of NVQ required to obtain membership means that ARMI can only improve standards in both the asbestos removal and demolition industries. I believe that the future will see demand for membership of ARMI increasing as ‘managers’ from supervisors to managing directors, seek to improve their personal skill set.”
Asbestos management is invariably a factor in almost every demolition project and being heavily involved in both disciplines, it made sense for Clifford Devlin to participate in this new cross-sector initiative:
“I believe that it is incumbent upon the management of demolition businesses who are likely to either carry out removal in their own right, or to manage a licenced removal contractor, to be able to demonstrate a strong knowledge of the work involved and to be able to communicate authoritatively with their own client or professional team, as well as with a removal team,” explained Tim, “Membership of ARMI will go a long way to providing clients and professional teams with confidence that the asbestos remediation task is being managed with a proven level of competence.”