Asbestos kills around 5000 workers each year, with around twenty tradesmen dying each week as a result of past exposure. Tackling issues related to asbestos remains a challenge, with the UK still possessing one of the highest rates of mesothelioma (a type of cancer linked to asbestos exposure) in the world.
As the leading provider of asbestos management and consultancy services, SOCOTEC are participating in the roadshows, alongside other organisations including the HSE, to provide advice on asbestos in soils. In his presentation, Denis Morgan, technical manager at SOCOTEC Asbestos, discusses the origins of asbestos, risks, current guidance and how to protect workers and the public during earthworks.
The roadshows are being run by BOHS, in conjunction with HSE, and are aimed at companies who work with asbestos, in addition to those with responsibility for managing asbestos risks. The events are critical for anyone who wants to keep up to date with key developments in the industry, including information regarding the duty to manage, and the HSE’s asbestos analyst inspection programme.
BOHS launched the Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management (FAAM) on 11 October 2017 to provide a home for asbestos professionals. The main aims are to establish, develop and maintain standards of competence as well as acting as the guardian of professional standards and ethics. With the introduction of FAAM, SOCOTEC’s experienced and qualified asbestos professionals will have an opportunity to be part of a professional network with many associated benefits.
Denis Morgan, technical manager, SOCOTEC Asbestos, commented: “Asbestos contamination within the ground has become increasingly challenging for anyone seeking to develop brownfield sites. While there is a growing amount of practical guidance available, there is often still uncertainty around the most appropriate approach to take and as a result more and more clients are relying on the specialist advice offered by SOCOTEC's technical teams. It is a great opportunity to be able to demonstrate our expertise in this field at the BOHS roadshows, and partner with an organisation that continues to pioneer excellence in standards setting in the field of asbestos.’