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UKATA Director Joins SHW Live Panel

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UKATA is thrilled to announce, that Board Director, Chris Ivey will join a panel of experts to address delegates at Safety, Health & Wellbeing Live (SHW) North this coming January 2024.

This event takes place 23 – 24 January 2024, at Manchester Central. Located in the heart of the city, Manchester Central is a world-class events venue within easy reach for thousands of occupational health & safety professionals travelling from anywhere across the north of England.

Chris was elected as a director at the 2023 UKATA AGM on 7 July, and his 20 years of experience in the asbestos industry will bring valuable contribution to the panel discussion. He is passionate about raising awareness of the risks posed by harmful materials like asbestos and giving back to the industry. He was invited to return to SHW Live, following his attendance at SHW Live South in Farnborough this September.

He will be joined by Paul Salisbury, FireSafe International Ltd on Wednesday 24th January, 1.30 – 2pm in the HSM Knowledge Hub, on the session titled - “The Importance of Selecting Suitable Respiratory Protection”.

Respiratory protective equipment (RPE) is a particular type of personal protective equipment (PPE) designed to protect the wearer from breathing in harmful substances or from oxygen-deficient atmospheres when other controls are either not possible or insufficient on their own.

Employers are responsible for implementing and managing RPE selection and use or delegating that responsibility to another trained person. Additionally, they are responsible for providing, replacing and paying for personal protective equipment.

PPE should be used when all other measures are inadequate to control exposure. It protects only the wearer, while being worn.

HSE state that around 9,000 PPE-related accidents are reported each year. The construction industry reports the largest number of fatal injury accidents. It also has one of the highest fatal injury rates. The largest number of major injury accidents are reported in the manufacturing and service industries, whilst the highest rates are reported in the agriculture and construction industries.

Of the £252m annual costs of PPE-related accidents, hand/arm protection (£75m) and foot protection (£85m) are the most significant. Around £96m of the £252m costs could not have been prevented or mitigated by the PPE provided. Failure to consider PPE resulted in costs of around £49m, whilst not using the PPE provided resulted in costs of around £65m.

Chris Ivey, UKATA Director on speaking at the forthcoming event said “PPE and in particular RPE are a vital protection measure for people working with asbestos. Choosing and using the correct type of RPE is literally a life and death matter. That is why I am looking forward to speaking at SHW live and extending beyond the classroom UKATA’s message that all workers must be protected against this significant and widespread hazard”.

UKATA Chief Operating Officer, Craig Evans said of the collaboration, “SHW Live North, provides a perfect platform to reach an audience that can benefit from this important and informative session on implementing a PPE programme.

Chris Ivey is extremely passionate about sharing knowledge and fully supports UKATA and its objectives, building an instant rapport with delegates from any walk of life.”

Following the presentation, delegates will have the opportunity to meet with Chris Ivey and the UKATA team at UKATA’s exhibition stand 47.

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.

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Published on Tuesday 5th December 2023

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