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Program 2017 ‘Asbestos & Industry’ – 25 & 26 September 2017, Hilton Canary Wharf Hotel, London


On Monday 25 September 2017, the EAF conference will host ‘round table’ workshops in which participants will meet many speakers face to face and freely discuss in-depth on a wide variety of asbestos related topics. This has proven to be the ideal formula for meeting relevant specialists, exchanging knowledge and building up lasting networks.

A delicious buffet lunch is included and will be open from 12:30 to 13:30 hours, after which the workshops will go on until 16:30 hours.

On Tuesday 26 September 2017, the EAF Conference will take place, concluded by an optional conference dinner. Please note that speakers and presentations may be subject to change. See below for further details.

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08.30 – 09.00Registration and light continental breakfast
09.00- 09.15Welcome by Yvonne Waterman (EAF Foundation)
Introduction of the Conference Chairman, Hans van der Wart (KIWA Compliance International), and Session Chairmen Mark Winter (Beacon International) and Ron Symonds (Royal Mail Group)
Plenary Session
09.15 – 09.45Opening Speech, by Dr. Penny Woods (British Lung Foundation)
09.45- 10.05 Are Frameworks killing quality? Matthew Timms (Silverwood Ltd.)
10.05 – 10.30A Mesowarrior’s Journey, Mavis Nye BCAh (Mavis Nye Foundation)
10.30 – 10.45Break and refreshments
10.45 – 11.15Shaken and stirred: asbestos response after natural disasters, Terry Coleman (Coleman Consulting Ltd New Zealand and Pacifica Environmental Ltd Fiji)
11.15 – 11.45Keynote Speech: Role of a Trade Association in the Asbestos Removal Industry, Stephen Sadley (ARCA)
11.45 – 12.45Buffet lunch
Photo exhibition by Tony Rich (Asbestorama)
Session AAsbestos and its impact on society
12.45 – 13.05Asbestos and its effect on English society, Harry Steinberg QC (12 King’s Bench Walk)
13.05 – 13.25Challenges for insurers regarding asbestos in industry, Christian Lahnstein (Rachel Carson Center, University of Munich)
13.25- 13.45Raising asbestos awareness in the workplace, Jasper Kosters (Admanstars)
13.45 – 14.05Real risk versus perceived risk, prof. Roger J. Willey (UKATA)
14.05 – 14.20Break and refreshments
14.20- 14.40Building national consensus around asbestos management – the Australian experience, Geoff Fary (former Chairman of the Australian Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council
14.40 – 15.00The Portuguese approach to asbestos in industry, Ana Nogueira (Portuguese Dep. de Saude Ambiental, Unidade de Ar e Saude Ocupational)
15.00 – 15.20New developments in the treatment of Malignant Mesothelioma, prof. Nico van Zandwijk (former Director of the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute)
15.20 – 15.40Asbestos still kills – what difference can YOU make?, Colette Willoughby (BOHS)
15.40- 16.20Panel debate
16:20 – 16.35Break and refreshments
Session BAsbestos & Professional perspectives
12.45 – 13.05Complex projects for a simple product, Hein Tersteeg (Asis-t, active for ExxonMobil Rotterdam)
13.05 – 13.25Removing asbestos in a nuclear environment, Mark Winter (Beacon International)
13.25 – 13.45The Global Game Changer, Dale Timmons (ARI Global Technologies)
13.45 – 14.05Compliance in industry, Dr. Martin Gibson (HSE)
14.05 – 14.20Break and refreshments
14.20 – 14.40

Delivering ‘real reassurance’ asbestos air testing, Charles Pickles (Lucion Services Ltd)

14.40 – 15.00

Putting asbestos policy into practice at a major airport, Jeroen Kersten (Sodexo)

15.00 – 15.20The global asbestos industry and the worldwide pursuit of justice, Brendan J. Tully (Phillips & Paolicelli LLP)
15.20 – 15.40

The summit of the bell curve: UK asbestos litigation, Malcolm Keen (BLM Law)

15.40 – 16.20Panel debate
16:20 – 16.35Break and refreshments
Plenary session in the Grand Ballroom
16.35 – 16.40Special Recognition Award
16.40 – 16.45Concluding speech, Yvonne Waterman and Hans van der Wart (KIWA Compliance International)
16.45 – 18.00Convivial closing drinks for networking
18.00 – 21.00Optionally: Conference Dinner