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Asbestos body happy to tackle critic

LETTERS

Sir, I was surprised to read John Bridle's letter attacking the P402 asbestos proficiency certification (Letters, June 3).

To my knowledge the British Occupational Hygiene Society never claimed that this proficiency module is UKAS-accredited or has 'official approval'But this did not stop Mr Bridle advertising the same certification on his letterhead.

His statement with regard to being 'not guilty'would appear to differ from that of the Vale of Glamorgan magistrates. It is not difficult to see if Mr Bridle does or does not hold the certification of which he so proudly boasted.

With regard to his comments on the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association, Mr Bridle has made repeated allegations on numerous occasions regarding alleged wrongdoings of our members. As a result he has been invited to submit these complaints in writing to our Standards Committee for them to address.This has never happened but, through your publication, I would like to again offer Mr Bridle this opportunity.

The Asbestos Watchdog is a commercial enterprise and we at ARCA would question its ability to provide unbiased information and advice on asbestos when its principal, Mr Bridle, as pointed out in your article on May 6, acts as a consultant for the Asbestos Cement Product Producers Association.

Terry Jago Chief executive, ARCA Burton upon Tren t Staffordshire