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Highlights from UKATA Asbestos Conference 2024

UKATA Asbestos Conference: Confronting Asbestos Together: Pathways to Progress, held on 25 June 2024 brought together over 100 delegates, industry experts, and stakeholders for a day filled with invaluable insights and networking opportunities.

The conference opened with an address from UKATA Chief Operating Officer, Craig Evans, followed by sessions from Dr Yvonne Waterman (EAF), Colette Willoughby (NORAC), Graham Gould (Thermal Recycling), before breaking for the first networking session of the day, where delegates had the opportunity to visit exhibitors including Elisian Software, Mesothelioma UK, Start Software and UKNAR.

Following the morning break, Sam Johnson (Vertex Access), Mairead Dixon, Mesothelioma Nurse Specialist & Jill Lemon (Mesothelioma UK), Michelle Spencer (Mesothelioma Victim), Emma Willey & Cristian Ramirez, Director of BRISA SA took to the stage covering topics including using drones and thermal imaging technology to modernise and de-risk condition survey, Advancing Mesothelioma Care and The Journey of Asbestos Regulation in Chile.

After lunch and more networking opportunities, the conference resumed with Keynote Speaker Emma Wilkinson, Previous HSE Inspector & Risk Management Consultant at PCR Global. Her presentation was eye opening, relevant and informative.

The event closed with a panel session including all speakers who invited the audience to ask questions relating to their area of expertise. This interactive session provided valuable insights and fostered lively discussions.

Speaking on the event, UKATA Events & Marketing Manager, Victoria Castelluccio said “We are excited to share that presentations from the event will be available soon. I would like to thank all the speakers, exhibitors, delegates and UKATA staff for making this event possible. We highly value your feedback as we strive to improve future events and look forward to receiving this.”.

Feedback from the conference so far has been extremely positive:

Delegate Wayne Bagnall said, “So good to see a well organised and run conference by #UKATACON24 team supported by excellent speakers and good audience participation, a super event”.

Another delegate, Alan Turner commented “Thank you for an absolutely brilliant and at times very moving conference on the challenges faced in the management and control of asbestos. This silent known killer will not go away for a very long time. Balancing health and safety priorities may seem problematic, but be assured this has to be at the top of those priorities when manging risks in properties. All speakers were outstanding. Once again thank you UKATA”.

Stay tuned for our forthcoming events, including The Asbestos in Colombia Conference, UKATA AGM, and The Contamination Expo. We are also excited to announce a unique event, the Asbestos Mock Trial, taking place in Nottingham on October 28, 2024. This event will offer insights into recent asbestos prosecutions, a live mock trial, and a tour of the National Justice Museum. Reserve your spot for the Asbestos Mock Trial.

UKATA, a leading association, is dedicated to enhancing the quality and standards of asbestos training with the aim to shield workers and the public from the hazards of asbestos exposure.

The association collaborates closely with its members to guarantee that they have access to the latest information, training resources, and industry updates. They provide a suite of support services to assist them in accomplishing their training objectives. Their membership encompasses a diverse array of organisations involved in asbestos training, including training providers, asbestos removal contractors, consultants, and equipment suppliers.

UKATA is fervent about promoting safe and responsible working practices, committed to working with members and partners to realise a shared vision of protecting workers and the public from the hazards linked with asbestos exposure.

Published on Tuesday 2nd July 2024