Keynote Speaker: Robin Howie, Robin Howie Associates
Protecting children and teachers through tighter asbestos controls
By Robin Howie, Robin Howie Associates
Robin Howie will look at the quantified mesothelioma risk to teachers in schools and at the levels of exposure to asbestos required to ensure that children in schools or in the home are
not exposed to mesothelioma risks above the one per million per year level deemed to be “acceptable”.
He will also look at the sampling and analysis techniques required to enable such exposure levels to be quantified.
Robin Howie first became involved in occupational in 1974, He was awarded a BERBOH Diploma in Comprehensive Occupational Hygiene in 1982 and was President of the British
Occupational Hygiene Society in 1998-99. He has worked mainly in the fields of the reality of PPE performance in the workplace and in asbestos sampling and data and risk analysis.
During the early 1990s he designed and led a major HSE-funded study to determine the performance of powered respirator during asbestos removal operations. The results of this study led to the rewriting of BS4275 on the selection and use of RPE and in lowering the assumed protection factor of such devices from 2000 to 40.