PCA Weekly News - 8th February 2020

In your weekly PCA update this week:

  • Just 1 Week until PCA’s First Ever Webinar!
  • CITB Funding – Have you claimed your FREE MONEY?
  • National Apprenticeship Week 2020
  • PCA Supports New Amenity Standard
  • EHCA Inspections on Hazardous Chemicals
  • PCA Training – Calling Invasive Weed Technicians
  • Managing the Risks of Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Surveyor Training – Wood ID
  • Welcome to our New Members
  • Welcome back to the PCA
  • In the News

Just 1 Week until PCA’s First Ever Webinar!

ONLY ONE WEEK to go until the PCA’s first ever webinar! We now have over 170 individuals registered for the “Avoiding Failures in Podium Deck Waterproofing” webinar, which takes place on 13th February (8-9am) and will be hosted by PCA Board member Ben Hickman, CSSW.LONDON. Register via the button below.

Look out for more monthly webinars coming soon. Additional information will follow in the coming weeks….

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CITB Funding – Have you claimed your FREE MONEY?

Have you received your £5,000 funding from CITB this year? Members are reminded that if you are a levy payer you could be eligible for between £5,000 and £10,000 for the training and development of your staff. What’s not to like about that?

And don’t just take our word for it, read what Annabelle Webster thinks about FREE MONEY for training… If you haven’t claimed yet, need more information or guidance, get it touch with Jade on 01480 400000.

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National Apprenticeship Week 2020

Today is the final day of National Apprenticeship Week, so why not be inspired with an apprenticeship? Join the:

  • 92% of employers who believe it has led to a more motivated & satisfied workforce
  • 83% who rely on apprenticeships for their future workforce
  • 80% who see a significant increase in employee retention!

We’re here to help you invest in your team and get them qualified through an apprenticeship with an Level II Structural Waterproofing Below Ground NVQ:

  • March 2020 – Tues 10th to Fri 13th
  • October 2020 – Tues 20th to Fri 23th

Contact Jade on 01480 400000 or jade@property-care.org for more information.

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PCA Supports New Amenity Standard

The Amenity Standard was launched on Tuesday at the Scottish Government and Amenity Forums ‘Amenity Management in Scotland’ conference. Steve Hodgson and Andy Ferguson attended the launch along with a few PCA members too and we’re pleased to report that the new Amenity Standard was warmly received.

We encourage all PCA Invasive Weed Group members to start using the new standard (https://theamenitystandard.co.uk) and logo (click here to access) within your own marketing plans.

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EHCA Inspections on hazardous Chemicals

PCA manufacturer members are advised of ECHA’s plans to crack down on online sellers of hazardous chemicals (including biocides being sold without necessary checks).

We wish them every success, but in the meantime, we encourage all our timber treatment members to ensure they are fully up-to-date with the latest Regulations on the use of wood preservatives. You can gain formal accreditation via our Safe Use of Biocides for Professional Users course and candidates who pass the assessment receive a ‘Professional Biocide User’ identification card, which is similar to the NPTC licence for herbicide use.

Contact Jo in the training team to book your place or for more information, on 01480 400000.

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PCA Training – Calling Invasive Weed Technicians

Japanese Knotweed On-site Contamination and Cell Burial Course

Aimed at technicians/operatives working on-site in the invasive weed sector wanting to gain further knowledge on the use of geomembranes for on-site encapsulation and burial. This one-day workshop will provide candidates with both theory and practical considerations to the design and implementation of geosynthetics/geomembranes both on-site and in the ground.

Contact the training team today on 01480 400000 or email jo@property-care.org.

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Managing the Risks of Musculoskeletal Disorders

HSE has published revisions of two leaflets for employers on managing the risks of musculoskeletal disorders, providing practical, helpful advice for our members:

INDG143 Manual handling at work
This updated version brings the risk assessment process in line with Appendix 1 of HSE’s Guidance on the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (L23).

INDG171 Managing upper limb disorders in the workplace
This leaflet is aimed at employers giving practical advice on reducing the risk of upper limb disorders (ULDs).

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Surveyor Training: Wood ID

Wood Identification for the Infestation Surveyor

Ideal for delegates who need to understand how to identify the most common structural timbers found in house construction, using a variety of methods and to help them develop the necessary practical skills.

Contact the training team today on 01480 400000 or email jo@property-care.org.

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Welcome to our New Members

We are very pleased to welcome the following provisional contractor into PCA membership:

Zen Knotweed Ltd (Provisional Status Contractor – Invasive Weed Sector)
15 Cornish Close
CF11 7BR


Welcome back to the PCA

We are delighted to let members know that Lisa Holdich has returned to the PCA following her maternity leave. Lisa will be working on a part-time basis going forward and will be in the office Tuesday’s, Thursday’s and Friday’s.

Lisa will continue as Complaints Manager together with responsibility mainly for CITB, Trailblazers and our Best Practice Awards. Lisa’s contact details are lisa@property-care.org and telephone 01480 400004 if you need to get in touch.


In the News

The PCA’s support and involvement as foundation partner for the New Amenity Standard has appeared in the following publications: Landscape and Amenity (& Twitter), Pitchcare.com, Turfbusiness (& Twitter), Horticulture Week (& Twitter), Grounds Training and The Weed Control Daily.


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