Contamination Expo Series, Europe’s leading event for environmental professionals, ran alongside RWM, The Marine and Coastal Civil Engineering Expo this year at the NEC in Birmingham.
The event took place 12th and 13th September with over 15,000 professionals and 600 exhibitors packing out the venue.
The first day saw an unprecedented rush of eager delegates, as representatives from leading environmental organisations from across the world flocked to NEC Birmingham to get the first glimpse of everything the 2018 event had to offer.
Headline speaker Graham O’Mahony, UKATA Chair opened Seminar Theatre 24 with his presentation Asbestos in Soils Training: As clear as mud. With an audience filling the theatre and overflowing into the networking area, talks are already underway about plans for 2019 to ensure delegates can get the most of their experience and not miss their chance to hear the presentations they have travelled to attend.
UKATA stand 5S80, located next to the keynote theatre acted as a hub of information for delegates enquiring about asbestos training and guidance. Opportunities were available throughout the day for attendees to meet with Mesothelioma activist Mavis Nye and Expert witness Professor Roger Willey who addressed the keynote theatre in the afternoon with his seminar titled Asbestos: Real Risk, Perceived Risk and The Cost of Land Remediation.
Day two started with UKATA Director Chris Bishop opening Theatre 24 with his seminar titled ‘Asbestos: What’s the fuss?’ Chris has an extensive knowledge of asbestos and has been working within the industry for over 20 years. Delegates were invited to discuss their questions with Chris following his seminar on UKATA’s stand.
As the morning seemed to pass in the blink of an eye, the afternoon saw Mavis Nye discuss her journey with asbestos and her current health following recent treatment in UKATA Theatre 24. UKATA Chief Operating Officer Craig Evans presented Mavis Nye with an award to recognise her contribution to raising asbestos awareness and said, “It was my pleasure to present this remarkable woman with the UKATA Outstanding Contribution Award, very well deserved”.
Exhibitors included several UKATA Members to include ACE, Essential Site Skills, Franks Portlocks, Keltbray and SMH who were all promoting their portfolio of UKATA approved asbestos training.
Plans for 2019 will be announced soon.
UKATA Chair Graham O'Mahony has provided a copy of his presentation below:
If you require any further information regarding the risks associated to working with asbestos, or have any training requirements see www.ukata.org.uk
Victoria Castelluccio, Marketing Officer