Program 2019 ‘Asbestos & Innovation’ – 14 & 15 November 2019, Van der Valk Hotel Oostzaan, Amsterdam

On the afternoon of Thursday 14 November 2019, 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. These round table ‘rounds’ will be interspersed with the following short presentations.

To begin, the award winning asbestos film ‘Breathless’ will be shown, with an introduction by Maarten Schmidt (Storyhouse), the director. Huig Bergsma (Asbetter Acids) will give a short presentation on why denaturation of asbestos is needed and how it can be safely achieved.  Jody Schinkel of Dutch scientific bastion TNO will present on a recent TNO report advocating a differentiation of asbestos risk classes and raise concern for both the over- and underawareness of asbestos risks. Last but not least, David de Vreede (St. ECAV) will explain the recent developments on the Dutch asbestos roof ban; and why he believes such a ban is still necessary. All presentations are unique and very relevant!

The workshops (including presentations) will take place from 13:00 to 17:00 hours.

On Friday 15 November 2019, 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 (President of the EAF Foundation)

Introduction of the Session Chairmen: Nick Garland (Assure360) and Jasper Kosters (Admanstars)

Plenary Session
09.15 – 10.00Opening Speech: the truth about asbestos diseases, by prof. Arthur Frank (Drexel University)
10.00 – 10.30What is asbestos?, by Sean Fitzgerald (Scientific Analytical Institute)
10.30 – 11.00Generating asbestos awareness through the media: Breathless, by Maarten Schmidt (Storyhouse)
11.00 – 11.20Break and refreshments
11.20 – 12.00Keynote Speech: the impact of asbestos on society, by prof. Jukka Takala
(President of the International Commission on Occupational Health)
12.00 – 12.45Buffet lunch
Photo exhibition by Tony Rich (Asbestorama)
Session A Asbestos and its impact on society. Session Chairman: Nick Garland
12.45 – 13.05The No Time To Lose asbestos awareness campaign, by Simon Butt-Bethlendy (IOSH)
13.05 – 13.25Asbestos in a biological environment, by Henk Koerten (Koerten Advies)
13.25 – 13.45Making asbestos awareness accessible, by Udo Waltman (SGS Search)
13.45 – 14.05Trump, Putin and Today’s Asbestos Industry, by Charles Pickles (Charles Pickles Associates)
14.05 – 14.20Break and refreshments
14.20 – 14.40A new testing method for asbestos in talc, by Sean Fitzgerald (Scientific Analytical Institute) and David de Vreede (St. ECAV)
14.40 – 15.00Pursuing justice in contaminated talc cases, by Brendan J. Tully (Phillips & Paolicelli LLP)
15.00 – 15.20Making Flanders (Belgium) asbestos safe, by Sven de Mulder (OVAM)
15.20 – 15.40The first museum for asbestos awareness: collecting evidence of murderous socio-political strategy, by Mark Wit (International Asbestos Awareness Foundation)
15.40 – 16.20Panel debate
16:20 – 16.35Break and refreshments
Session BAsbestos & Professional perspectives. Session Chairman: Jasper Kosters
12.45 – 13.05Multistep destruction of asbestos cement using waste
acids, by Huig Bergsma (Asbetter Acids)
13.05 – 13.25Denaturing asbestos – the challenges of innovation, by Graham Gould (Thermal Recycling Ltd.)
13.25 – 13.45Artificial Intelligence for automated fiber counting in air samples, by Nicholas Le Mintier (xRapid Group)
13.45 – 14.05Why the lack of an evidence-based approach leads to
riskier remediation, by Gerrie van Beljouw (Belas Asbestverwijdering Uden BV and VVTB)
14.05 – 14.20Break and refreshments
14.20 – 14.40How to promote innovation in the field of toxic building materials, by Simon Schneebeli (Bilbau)
14.40 – 15.00The evolution of the revolution: improving asbestos remediation, by Lloyd Ludlow (Soteria)
15.00 – 15.20The supertech way to prevent asbestos dumping, by Phil Cleary (SmartWater Technology Ltd.)
15.20 – 15.40Increasing the compliance of air monitoring equipment in the asbestos industry, by Will Patrick (FermionX Ltd.)

15.40 – 16.20Panel debate
16:20 – 16.35Break and refreshments

Plenary session
16.35 – 16.40Special Recognition Award
16.40 – 16.45Concluding speech, Yvonne Waterman
16.45 – 17.00Group photo of speakers
18.00 – 21.00Convivial closing drinks for networking
18.00 – 21.00Optionally: Conference Dinner