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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 – 09.00 Registration and light continental breakfast
09.00- 09.15 Welcome 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 – 09.45 Opening Speech, by Dr. Penny Woods (British Lung Foundation)
09.45- 10.05 Are Frameworks killing quality? Matthew Timms (Silverwood Ltd.)
10.05 – 10.30 A Mesowarrior’s Journey, Mavis Nye BCAh (Mavis Nye Foundation)
10.30 – 10.45 Break and refreshments
10.45 – 11.15 Shaken and stirred: asbestos response after natural disasters, Terry Coleman (Coleman Consulting Ltd New Zealand and Pacifica Environmental Ltd Fiji)
11.15 – 11.45 Keynote Speech: Role of a Trade Association in the Asbestos Removal Industry, Stephen Sadley (ARCA)
11.45 – 12.45 Buffet lunch
Photo exhibition by Tony Rich (Asbestorama)
Session A Asbestos and its impact on society
12.45 – 13.05 Asbestos and its effect on English society, Harry Steinberg QC (12 King’s Bench Walk)
13.05 – 13.25 Challenges for insurers regarding asbestos in industry, Christian Lahnstein (Rachel Carson Center, University of Munich)
13.25- 13.45 Raising asbestos awareness in the workplace, Jasper Kosters (Admanstars)
13.45 – 14.05 Real risk versus perceived risk, prof. Roger J. Willey (UKATA)
14.05 – 14.20 Break and refreshments
14.20- 14.40 Building national consensus around asbestos management – the Australian experience, Geoff Fary (former Chairman of the Australian Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council
14.40 – 15.00 The Portuguese approach to asbestos in industry, Ana Nogueira (Portuguese Dep. de Saude Ambiental, Unidade de Ar e Saude Ocupational)
15.00 – 15.20 New developments in the treatment of Malignant Mesothelioma, prof. Nico van Zandwijk (former Director of the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute)
15.20 – 15.40 Asbestos still kills – what difference can YOU make?, Colette Willoughby (BOHS)
15.40- 16.20 Panel debate
16:20 – 16.35 Break and refreshments
Session B Asbestos & Professional perspectives
12.45 – 13.05 Complex projects for a simple product, Hein Tersteeg (Asis-t, active for ExxonMobil Rotterdam)
13.05 – 13.25 Removing asbestos in a nuclear environment, Mark Winter (Beacon International)
13.25 – 13.45 The Global Game Changer, Dale Timmons (ARI Global Technologies)
13.45 – 14.05 Compliance in industry, Dr. Martin Gibson (HSE)
14.05 – 14.20 Break 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 – 15.20 The 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 – 16.20 Panel debate
16:20 – 16.35 Break and refreshments
Plenary session in the Grand Ballroom
16.35 – 16.40 Special Recognition Award
16.40 – 16.45 Concluding speech, Yvonne Waterman and Hans van der Wart (KIWA Compliance International)
16.45 – 18.00 Convivial closing drinks for networking
18.00 – 21.00 Optionally: Conference Dinner