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BOHS Roadshow, Cardiff 2017

We attended the BOHS Roadshow event in Cardiff on 31st October. The packed programme of presentations for the day, delivered by some of the pre-eminent figures in the asbestos industry included discussions on; Asbestos in Soils and the qualifications pertinent to this specific sector, Assessing Risks and finding solutions in regard to Asbestos in Soils, The Duty to Manage, Analysts Issues Based on the HSE Analysts Inspection Programme, Managing Asbestos on a Large Property Estate, New Sentencing Guidelines and Asbestos Prosecutions, the meaning of “As Low As Reasonably Practical” and a review of CAR 2012 and the future.

There was also a presentation given by Martin Stear in respect of BOHS’ newly launched: Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management (FAAM).

FAAM aim to provide a community for professionals in the asbestos industry, its vision is to:

  • Pursue excellence for all those who practise in the asbestos assessment and management profession.
  • Establish, develop and maintain standards of competence in asbestos assessment and management practice for members.
  • Act as the guardian of professional standards and ethics in the profession.

If you are interested the Faculty then details can be found at www.iamfaam.org

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In Court on Asbestos charges

London based Barroerock Construction Limited plead guilty to repeated asbestos failing’s resulting in a hefty fine of three-quarters of a million pounds.

Canterbury Crown Court heard how between the years of 2013 and 2014, two investigations were carried out by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) to a site in Ashford, Kent where Barroerock carried out works to a nine-storey office building known to contain asbestos.

The first, a routine inspection, identified that a refurbishment and demolition (R&D) survey had been carried out however the contractor had failed to act upon it. In turn, 40 workers were known to be exposed to harmful asbestos during the demolition project.

HSE inspector Melvyn Stancliffe said after the hearing:

“The company’s failings in this case has put many workers at risk to the exposure of asbestos. It was clear there was an endemic failure to effectively manage the construction work on the site in a way which ensured that asbestos materials were not disturbed until removed under appropriate conditions. Failing to prevent the breathing in of asbestos fibres on the site is reckless.”