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UKATA announce their keynote speaker at Contamination EXPO 2016

Friday 7th October 2016

UKATA announce their keynote speaker at Contamination EXPO 2016

EXPO Partner names eminent Professor to speak on behalf of UKATA

In addition to being Partners for the Contamination EXPO on 12 & 13 October at ExCeL in London, the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) can now confirm that eminent Professor Roger J. Willey will be speaking on behalf of the Association in seminar at 11.45am in Theatre 11.

Entitled the Remediation of Asbestos Contaminate Soils, Professor Willey’s seminar will provide a description of modern site management techniques and the problems of dealing with the apparently conflicting health and safety, environmental and waste legislation when it comes to asbestos. The seminar is free to attend and delegates can secure a ticket from the event website here.

“I am delighted to be able to confirm that Professor Willey will be speaking on behalf of UKATA,” said Craig Evans, General Manager of UKATA. “Only recently has the problem of asbestos in soil started to be dealt with as an issue in its own right and Roger’s seminar is part of UKATA’s educational mission to see the topic debated with the level of seriousness it deserves and this year’s EXPO is a great place to start.”

No discussion of site management would be complete without addressing the presence of asbestos in soil. In 2015, UKATA developing a suite of Asbestos in Soil courses covering risk assessment and legal requirements. Factors such as soil composition, moisture content, weather and land use need to be accounted for when assessing the risk of asbestos in soil. Professor Willey is the perfect person to address the issues, having monitored fibre concentrations during demolition of Red Road Flats in Glasgow in 2015 – the largest asbestos removal programme in Europe.

“Roger’s work has demonstrated both the dangers of asbestos on the one hand but on the other, how its legacy can be confronted safely,” added Craig. “These issues are not going away and anyone involved with site management and legislation ought not to miss what he has to say at this year’s EXPO.”

A major new European Exhibition, the Contamination EXPO offers the latest knowledge, products and innovations to manage all aspects of contamination, from land remediation, spill response to air pollution and hazardous materials and will feature 120 expert-led seminars from specialists like Professor Willey.

A highly regarded expert witness, in the last 10 years Professor Willey has acted in over 500 cases in senior law courts. With over 35 years’ experience of asbestos research, consultancy and training, he works closely with HSE in the development of training packages to introduce new concepts following the introduction of Regulation 3 in the Asbestos Regulations 2002.

“A debate on asbestos in soil can no longer be ignored,” added Craig. “We will be using our stand at the Contamination EXPO to make people aware of the facts and we are looking forward to meeting delegates on stand C770 and hearing more from Professor Willey.”

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