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28th March 2019 - Radisson Blu Hotel, Frankland Lane, Durham DH1 5TA
Managing ASbestos WORKSHOP 2019

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The imminent publication of the new HSE 'The Analysts' Guide', recent changes to sentencing guidelines, duty to manage and even the outcomes of Grenfell, increasingly require building owners, advisers, contractors and test houses to look at how they work together to manage risk.

Leading experts together with HSE speakers come together in this 1 day workshop to discuss changes in advice and thinking on best practice in Asbestos Management and Removal.


  • Asbestos 4-stage clearance and other key changes in the new analyst guide.
    (Dr Martin Gibson - HSE)
  • Recent changes to standards, forms and feedback that impact testing laboratories.
    (Frank Smith - UKAS)
  • The Asbestos industry is doomed, unless …
    (Gary McKendrick - Omega Asbestos Consulting)
  • Why the UK needs tighter Asbesto control
    (Charles Pickles - Lucion Services)
  • Asbestos and other hazards during the pre-construction phase – client responsibilities, the designers role and information flows.
    (James Ritchie – Architect and RIBA CDM Specialist Practice Consultant.)
  • How decisions commonly made by main contractors, designers and clients can negatively affect Asbestos abatement projects.
    ( Darren Payne - Rhodar Ltd )
  • Asbestos surveys - do you know what you're buying?
    (Paul King – SGS Environmental)
  • Learning lessons
    (Alan Willoughby - NORAC)
  • Current exposures and work practices in the licensed Asbestos removal Industry - an update on HSE research.
    (Daniel Barrowcliffe - HSE)
  • A breath of fresh air, managing risk through innovations in enclosure monitoring and management systems.
    (Ray Gravener – Federation of Decontamination Equipment Manufacturers)

(We reserve the right to modify and/or change the agenda)


This event will be of particular interest to Advisers, Contractors, Designers, Duty holders, Property owners and Surveyors.


Tickets cost £100 +VAT.

You can book tickets online below or call the office on 01732 897451


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Speaker Profiles 

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Dr Martin Gibson

HM Principal Specialist Inspector, HSE

Dr. Martin Gibson has worked for HSE since 1986 and has been involved in much of HSE’s work on asbestos over the last 15 years, including the development of the Control of Asbestos Regulations (2006 and 2012) and the associated Approved Codes of Practice; and also on the production of technical guidance on asbestos such as the Licensed Contractors’ Guide (HSG 247), the Analyst’s Guide (HSG 248) and the Survey Guide (HSG 264).

Dr. Gibson was a member for the Senior Labour Inspectors’ Committee (SLIC) which investigated the hazards causes by asbestos at work in 2000 and a member of the SLIC steering group which produced a guide to  best practice on asbestos in 2006 for the European Commission.

He frequently produces Expert Witness statements and reports in the enforcement of the Control of Asbestos Regulations

Frank Smith

Frank Smith

Operations Support Manager, UKAS

Frank specialises in asbestos inspection and set up an asbestos management system for large London Local Authority. He moved to global consultancy in 2003 and set up Quality and Technical Procedures for Asbestos Inspection, gaining UKAS accreditation. Frank later moved to UKAS 2009 as Assessment Manager primarily conducting assessments to ISO17025 and 17020 of asbestos organisations
(in addition to delivering training and internal audit)

Franks responsibilities include:- 
•             Monitoring of staff for initial authorisation and ongoing competence.
•             Delivery of internal and commercial training
•             Emergency cover – conducting assessments
•             Internal audit (to ISO17011)
•             Representing UKAS