About The Event

The UK’s largest Asbestos Management Conference brought to you by Lucion Services, the UK’s leaders in Asbestos Management.

Asbestos The Truth Conference is the UK’s only Asbestos Management event that connects industry professionals to network, learn about changes to legislation and discover new solutions to support them in their roles.

Now in its 8th year Asbestos The Truth has the most comprehensive showcase of seminars and workshops the asbestos industry has to offer. With delegates spanning from procurement professionals in local authorities to project managers in the infrastructure sector, the conference provides a platform for businesses representing an entire spectrum of asbestos related industries.

WHERE

Hilton Deansgate Hotel
Manchester

WHEN

Wednesday
November 8th, 2017


Sector Specific Workshops

NEW FOR 2017

Tailored to the roles of individuals working in the following sectors:

• NHS & Healthcare
• Local Authority & Education
• Construction & Infrastructure
• Utility providers
• Industrial and Manufacturing

The format is structured to provide a platform for delegates to engage in discussions with their peers in same industry job roles, sharing skills experience and identifying solutions. “Ask the analyst” sessions will provide delegates with the opportunity to question our panel of experts from asbestos surveying, identification and removal, all of whom boast a vast array of experience throughout the industry.


Asbestos in Soils Workshop

NEW FOR 2017

Bolted on to our sector specific workshops are the asbestos in soils workshops. Providing delegates with the most current asbestos in soils and contaminated land guidance relating to their industry. Key outcomes of the sessions include:

• Understanding of your role during projects that involve
asbestos in soil and contaminated land issues

• Understanding of the stepped approach from identification
through to remediation

• Awareness of supporting tools, guidance and technology to
support you in your roles.


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Conference Schedule

  • AM

    Wed 8th Nov, 2017

  • 10:00 - 10:20
    Where
    Deansgate Suite

  • 10:30 - 11:15
    This case study follows the progress of a complex Part 2A Asbestos in Soils remediation project in the Midlands. Following a detailed site investigation carried out, soils within the front and rear gardens of several properties were identified as being contaminated with asbestos containing materials with the potential for ‘Significant Possibility of Significant Harm’ (SPOSH). Following a detailed assessment of the investigation data, the Local Authority (the Client) took actions to commence remediation of the properties under the Part 2A regulatory framework, and prevent any potential harm to local residents. The material included clearly identifiable fibrous asbestos products which required a remediation contractor with a high level of diligence, working in conjunction with a Licensed Asbestos Removal Contractor under ASB5 Notification. The presentation will highlight some of the testing, procedures, control measures and surprises encountered during the project right through from preliminary investigations, design, removal and reinstatement stages.
    Where
    YELLOW ZONE

  • 10:30 - 11:15
    In this heavy industry and utilities sector focused seminar, specialists in asbestos removal and land remediation, Rhodar, will cover aspects of contaminated land liability providing an overview of the relevant legislation and the enforcement powers that the regulators can bring to bear in cases where there is known pollution and what remediation aims to achieve.
    Where
    BLUE ZONE

  • 10:30 - 11:15
    In this session, Steve will cover key elements of CAR Soil (the remediation industries interpretation/guide to CAR 2012) and the key areas Clients and Constructors/main contractors should be considering; including- the implications and what you should expect from your site investigator and remediation/other ground based contractors. He will also show some examples of well managed works in progress relating to both remediation and ground based enabling. The session will assist clients and constructors to select the right teams for works relating to asbestos in soils and ensuring that duties are fulfilled. It will also highlight some of the options for managing asbestos contamination found in soils/beneath proposed developments.
    Where
    GREEN ZONE

  • 10:30 - 11:15
    Focusing on Simon's experience of working on industry initiatives and publications including CAR-SOIL guidance, SoBRA discussion papers and the Joint Industry Working Group on Asbestos in Soil, this session will highlight some of ways in which our industry can better work together to support future asbestos in soils initiatives and skill sharing to boost the knowledge throughout our sector. Simon will cover aspects of what these publications and initiatives have achieved, why they are of benefit, the pitfalls and how industry can better work together to support future asbestos in soils initiatives.
    Where
    RED ZONE

  • 11:55 - 12:40
    In this session, delegates will learn about the approach one South East Local Authority takes towards managing their domestic and commercial property stock. Craig Findlow of DCUK FM will discuss challenges faced, lessons learnt along the way and methods developed to provide long term solutions in managing asbestos in the UK's busiest city. Specifically developed for Local Authority attendees, delegates will have the opportunity to participate in a live q&a with the session speaker in addition to the delivery of the case study.
    Where
    YELLOW ZONE

  • 11:55 - 12:40
    In this session, delegates will learn about the approach one of the world's leading providers of diesel and gas engines takes towards managing their property portfolio. Mark Stottor of DCUK FM will discuss challenges faced, lessons learnt along the way and methods developed to provide long term solutions in managing asbestos for one of the world's largest engineering manufacturers. Specifically developed for attendees from heavy industry and utilities, delegates will have the opportunity to participate in a live q&a with the session speaker in addition to the delivery of the case study.
    Where
    BLUE ZONE

  • 11:55 - 12:40
    In this session, delegates will learn about the approach the UK's largest airport takes towards managing their property portfolio. Jamie Carraher of DCUK FM will discuss challenges faced, lessons learnt along the way and methods developed to provide long term solutions in managing asbestos for one of the UK's busiest airports. Specifically developed for attendees from construction and infrastructure sectors, delegates will have the opportunity to participate in a live q&a with the session speaker in addition to the delivery of the case study
    Where
    GREEN ZONE

  • 11:55 - 12:40
    In this session Steve Platkiw of ATac will look at the relationship between the Client, Licensed Asbestos Removal Contractor (LARC), Analytical Companies, and their responsibilities. In all types of asbestos work, co-operation is required from general good working practices through to legislation. Steve will look at all the parties involved and their individual and combined responsibilities.
    Where
    RED ZONE

  • PM

    Wed 8th Nov, 2017

  • 13:40 - 13:45
    Where
    Deansgate Suite

  • 13:45 - 14:15
    In this keynote session from Bob Watt, Property Asbestos Condition Specialist at Nottinghamshire County Council, the presentation will detail the circumstances faced in Nottinghamshire with CLASP schools and the legacy of asbestos that has to be managed. Areas covered include: How Nottinghamshire manage the asbestos contained within their buildings across a property portfolio of over 500 sites, what happens when something goes wrong and the other challenges faced such as FOI requests and schools converting to Academies.
    Where
    Deansgate Suite

  • 14:15 - 14:45
    In this keynote session "Pitfalls, Pinch-points and Positives", Senior SHE Manager at Kier Group plc, David Lambert will focus on asbestos risk management from the perspective of a large, multi-disciplinary organisation working across a range of industry sectors. David will cover areas including: Conflicts of interest, contractual hurdles, information and scoping, changes and creep, design and responsibilities, transfer of learning and developing frameworks.
    Where
    Deansgate Suite

  • 15:05 - 15:40
    In the 1960s the Asbestosis Research Council (ARC) developed the membrane filter method for air testing for asbestos; a method still used today, albeit with many significant developments since then. In 1984, HSE established the ‘Clearance Indicator’ of 0.01 fibre/ml, based on this method, stating it was reasonably practicable to achieve this inside and outside the enclosure at the end of works. Not a ‘safe’ level but simply the lowest limit that the method could detect, yet some 33 years later, it is still used as an arbitrary measure of safety in many situations, well beyond its original purpose. Simply stating that there is 10,000 respirable fibres (of any kind) in a cubic metre of air is often not good enough. Electron microscopy (scanning and transmission) can do much better, telling us if the fibres are asbestos and reporting down to much lower levels, yet even this very sensitive method can be abused – such as one single fibre detected and resulting in concerns and costly clean-ups. So in 2017 how should we be using these methods to properly understand risk and achieve proportionate control.
    Where
    Deansgate Suite

  • 15:40 - 16:10
    Following on from Martin Stear's session "Asbestos Testing, up in the air" the panel discussion "SEM, the case for greater reassurance air monitoring in schools" will be addressing the growing public concern over the potential harmful effects of asbestos in schools and the current measures taken to prevent exposure vs that of improved measures such as SEM. It has long been recognised that the disturbance of asbestos containing materials in schools can lead to harmful fibres being released, becoming airborne and being inhaled. This can lead to damaging health effects on both teachers and children. To safeguard the occupants of schools there is legislation in place that places various responsibilities on duty holders to assess and manage the risks from asbestos to employees and others. Although airborne sampling is not normally needed in schools, it is required to provide a safety ‘clearance indicator’ to demonstrate that a working environment is safe following any asbestos removal works. Modern air monitoring and analytical techniques now have the capability to detect much lower concentrations of any asbestos fibres present, yet in 2017 our industry still uses a 1960's method as a means to safeguard children and teachers. Against a background of scarce resource in local authorities and educational institutions, could this method now provide the solution to properly allocate budgets for the treatment and removal of the most dangerous ACMs in schools? With a rising number of annual cases relating to mesothelioma claims and national news reports revealing councils in England have paid out at least £10m in compensation, could SEM be the answer in demonstrating that buildings containing asbestos are being well maintained and that occupants are not being exposed to dangerous levels of airborne fibres? Facilitated by Dr Patrick Morton, the panel discussion will see Adrian West of Wrexham County Borough Council, Colette Willoughby of BOHS and former HSE Principal Inspector Martin Stear all take to the stage to share their unique insights on this popular subject.
    Where
    Deansgate Suite

  • 16:10 - 16:30
    Where
    Deansgate Suite

 

Location

Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel - 303 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LQ

Renowned as one of the most exclusive conference and events venues in the city. Combining creativity, gastronomic flair, and the ability to rise to the occasion, Hilton Manchester Deansgate provides the perfect space for this years event.

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