British Occupational Hygiene Society invites asbestos professionals to 2021 Virtual Conference

The British Occupational Hygiene Society, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, and the Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management (FAAM) are inviting all asbestos professionals to the BOHS Asbestos 2021 Virtual Conference.

With the demand for qualified asbestos professionals being high due the backlog caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the shocking number of deaths caused by asbestos each year in the UK, the conference aims to support asbestos professionals to manage their duties and provide an update on the latest developments in the Asbestos industry.

The event will bring together researchers, academics, practitioners, and regulators, through various plenary talks and technical sessions with a programme that will include UK and international speakers, dealing with scientific topics covering key areas regarding the assessment, control and management of asbestos.

This year’s programme includes:

  • the presentation of an Automated Measurement System of Airborne Asbestos
  • a session on the ECHA Scientific report for the evaluation of limit values for asbestos at the Workplace
  • sessions on Mesothelioma, Asbestos Claims, Females and 4 Stage clearance testing and General Challenges to site analysis
  • a session on Destruction of Asbestos using Thermochemical Conversion Technology to Produce Non-Hazardous, Asbestos-Free Aggregate and one on Net Zero Carbon in the Licensed Asbestos Industry

Dr. Mavis Nye, CEO of the Mavis Nye Foundation, commented:

I’m a mesothelioma patient and I became an Asbestos Activist as it made me so angry when I found out that governments knew asbestos was causing cancer and didn’t protect the people early enough. Since then, it has become a never-ending battle to make buildings safe. I was so pleased to raise awareness of the need for FAAM on the launch day in London.

The aim to help to ensure asbestos professionals can operate with the relevant levels of competency and expertise so that the ongoing issues caused by asbestos can be reduced and keep people safe appealed to me. This led me to become an advocate of BOHS as the standard of training is really high.

I look forward to hearing about ‘The Challenges of the Site Analysis’ and learning about measuring airborne asbestos, which is becoming a problem as they demolish old buildings. Also, to the disposing of asbestos and turning it into asbestos free aggregate, as we just can’t keep burying. There is far too much left in buildings to think that is the answer. It isn’t, as they uncover these sites from the past as construction builds new housing estates and new motorways. So together we look to the future and make it safe.