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How is UKATA progressing in the asbestos world?

The United Kingdom Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) Annual General Meeting(AGM), guest speaker seminars followed by the 1stUKATA awards were held at the Radisson Blu in the East Midlands on 6thJuly 2018.

A diverse mix of businesses, guest speakers and the UKATA board came together to reflect on the past year. During the evening until the early hours we celebrated successes of those in the challenging asbestos world.

“Coming together in an often silent industry to support and applaud is tremendous”

Gemma Victoria Voaden, UKATA and All Survey director

Key points from the 10thUKATA AGM:

  • The Asbestos Leadership Group (ALG) has invited UKATA to attend meetings as a guest. UKATA members will benefit from swift information and actions discussed during the ALG meetings to help the asbestos industry come together in the battle against the deadly mineral.
  • CITB has asked UKATA to work with them on the asbestos training courses regarding awareness, non-licensed and licenced works.
  • Non-licensed removal membership has increased. Online asbestos awareness has shown a slight decline.
  • Excitingly 3 new members of staff have joined UKATA, all of whom are apprentices.
  • New UKATA website will be released in 3 stages:
    • Phase 1, due imminently, will allow easier navigation and increased information.
    • Phase 2 will see the integration of the certificate generator, meaning that 1 website and login will give full access.
    • Phase 3 will allow members to better advertise the courses they provide.
  • Jacqui has been re-elected as a director for a further 2 years. and 2 new directors have been elected following their pen portraits to join the UKATA board.

Chairmans closing remarks:

  • Having carried out a business risk assessment, and to ensure the security of the associations risk in the future Craig will succeed into a new role as Chief Operating Office. Craig has developed processes and procedures, that have propelled UKATA forward and offering him this challenge will ensure sustainability and a driving force for the future.
  • Protect the brand, report those misusing, including 3rd partly resellers.

Samantha Lord of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

HSL research presented by the Health & safety executive (HSE)

Samantha Lord of the HSE opened with interesting facts about when Uruguay banned the mineral and the french regulations surrounding Amiante as asbestos is known in France. Samantha attended to showcase how well the Health & Safety Laboratories (HSL) research named “exposures and work practices in the licensed asbestos removal industry”has progressed. The research is ongoing, but has already highlighted improvements to be implemented and led to the production of a new in mask monitor device.

Roger’s 40 year anniversary in the asbestos industry

Guest speak Roger Willey, presented his plotted history, named “A little journey”. His Asbestos journey started in 1977 analysing. In 1987 he researched the protection factor of masks produced for the standard British head. He has claim to the first ever remediation of land badly contaminated with asbestos in the UK. He found he was very good at measuring the unmeasurable using X-ray diffraction and light microscopy. He set up the ACS risk group. He has been on the UKATA board almost the full 10 years, but is observing his 40 year anniversary in the asbestos industry. He noted that his coal mining family all died in their 50's and he has acted as expert witness in 664 cases.

The 1st UKATA awards

UKATA awards 2018 winners

Kriss Akabusi hosted and entertained the 1stUKATA awards; reminiscing about his triumphs as an athlete. A charity silent auction proved popular with many pieces of art leaving the hotel with new owners. The presentation of the glass trophies symbolised those excelling and leading the asbestos industry here in the UK and the night truly allowed celebration of that fact. Next year’s awards are in the pipeline and should encourage others to follow in the footsteps of this year’s winners.

 

How much do you know about Asbestos?

All Survey provide open UKATA asbestos awareness training at our premises in Oldham every 4th Wednesday of the month. To enquire about availability and next dates - contact our friendly team on 0161 628 2555 or via email info@allsurvey.co.uk

Need a course session just for your organisation? Up to 15 delegates can attend a course at 1 set fee, we can come to you or the delegates can come to us in Oldham.

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Dying in a Material World: the Asbestos Threat in Buildings

 
There are many myths that are out there about asbestos. Small amounts are harmless. It's easy to identify. It's safe to remove if you where a mask.
 
The fact is, asbestos is deadly, and the myths surrounding it are hazardous. It can lead people to underestimate the threat of asbestos.
 
A Miraculous Mineral?
 
Like many things that are now recognised as dangerous, asbestos was at one time seen as a beneficial material. It is strong, lightweight and heat-resistant. Its fibres can mix with other materials and shaped into many different forms.
 
The mineral occurs naturally, mining for asbestos boomed in the 19th century alongside the industrial revolution. Soon manufacturers began incorporating asbestos into an ever-growing number of products.
 
“Asbestos was used in building materials, such as boarding, cement products, textured coating and tiles,” Gemma Voaden of Manchester-based asbestos detection and removal specialists All Survey points out.
 
Many buildings will still contain asbestos-based materials. This could include pipe insulation, ceiling boards, toilet cisterns and floor tiles.
 
“The danger is that people see asbestos as something from the past,” Gemma states, “when in fact it is very much present in the here and now.”
 
Too Easy to Ignore
 
How well is the presence of asbestos managed on a national level? A construction company or local builders go into a building to begin refurbishments, are they prepared for the threat of asbestos?
 
“Asbestos can be embedded in places we work and live,” Gemma explains. “Which makes it dangerous when it comes to someone carrying out otherwise routine work. They could unknowingly disturb it.”
 
Disturbing asbestos releases its fibres into the air. If these are breathed in, they can cause fatal lung diseases such as mesothelioma, or lung cancer. It is the cause of asbestosis. In fact around 5,000 people a year in the UK die from asbestos-related diseases.
 
“A survey by the British Lung Foundation found that 45% of homeowners did not realise that asbestos was used as a building material,” Gemma says. Raising awareness for everyone about its dangers, and the sheer range of materials it can be found in, is vital, on a national level.”
 
All Survey is currently campaigning for a national asbestos register, to help protect people from the continuing threat of asbestos in buildings and materials throughout the UK.