Asbestos Association set to see SHE focus on soil in 2018
The UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) will use its fifth attendance at the Safety and Health EXPO (SHExpo) held at ExCeL in London from 19-21 June 2018 to continue to raise awareness of the ongoing dangers of asbestos. Visitors to stand T350 will be able to learn about not only the existing training offered by UKATA members nationwide, but how to join and discuss all things asbestos. People can register their interest in SHExpo at: http://ubm.safety-health-expo.co.uk/register-your-interest-1/
Organised by UBM EMEA, the Safety and Health Expo is the leading global exhibition for the Health and Safety industry. The line-up for 2018 is still under wraps, but as last year’s keynotes included Professor Brian Cox OBE and Dame Kelly Holmes, attendees can expect another high profile guest list; while over 60 dedicated health and safety sessions and educational programmes will take place all under one roof.
“The fact this will be UKATA’s fifth attendance at SHExpo tells you the association see the Expo as a must attend event on our promotional calendar,” said Craig Evans, General Manager of UKATA. “Last year we turned the spotlight on asbestos in soils and with brownfield development increasingly targeted to resolve the UK housing crisis, I am sure this issue will be high on the agenda of many delegates once more.”
Traditionally seen as an airborne hazard, only now is the risk posed by asbestos in soils beginning to be taken seriously. Soil composition, moisture content, weather and land use all need to be considered when assessing the risk of asbestos fibre release from soils and training is essential. The UKATA courses assist employers in meeting legal obligations and highlight how to avoid risks from Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) in soil. Full details can be found here
“As part of our educational brief, UKATA will be going into detail about the threat of asbestos in all areas, not just soils,” added Craig. “Over 5,000 people still die every year in the UK from breathing in asbestos fibres, so no one can afford to ignore the wider concerns and SHExpo is ideal for getting this vital message across.”
UKATA is the leading authority for asbestos training provision in the United Kingdom. Tasked by the HSE in 2008 to manage the licensed asbestos training providers, UKATA has gone from strength to strength and now has over 180 member organisations from all corners of the UK.
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