Marcel Brouns

Why, exactly, is asbestos such a serious health hazard and the reason for worldwide commotion? What makes it so dangerous? Marcel Brouns will explain the answer to this essential question and apply his findings to a broader perspective.

Marcel has a profoundly deep, life-long interest in chemistry. Awarded a Ph.D with highest honours in 1970, he has gone on to study associated scientific fields of interest, such as general inorganic and organic chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, microbiology, spectro-chemistry and radioactive phenomena. Also of a practical nature, he has over thirty years of business experience regarding analytical laboratories, analytical services, analytical techniques, procedures and instruments; particularly with regard to metals/minerals, mineral/crude oils and environmental testing. Marcel is no stranger either to giving speeches and presentations at many occasions, well-known for being interesting and thought-provoking.

Terry Coleman

Terry Coleman, of Coleman Consulting Ltd and Pacifica Environmental Services Ltd Fiji, has decades of experience in both the demolition and asbestos industry. Known for his dedication to furthering the causes of asbestos education and eradication, he is also the Secretary of the New Zealand Demolition and Asbestos Association (NZDAA) and a respected advisor on asbestos issues to several Pacific governemental agencies. His favorite quote: “One death is too many. Asbestos diseases are 100% preventable.”

Terry is passionate about his profession and spends hours each week on the NZDAA helpline for asbestos concerns. He was instrumental in initiating New Zealand’s first Asbestos Awareness Week and a conference in April of this year.

Kees van Dongen

Kees van Dongen has studied law at the university of Nijmegen and completed several studies in personal coaching. He has a lot of experience as a Director in a Board of several non-profitorganisations

He is the independant chairman of Ascert.

Claus Dyring

Claus Dyring will share with us what is happening on the asbestos front in Denmark. For Denmark was the first country in the EU to ban asbestos insulation material (1972) and asbestos cement (1980 and more comprehensively in 1985). Compare that to the Netherlands, where the production of asbestos cement was only prohibited as of 1993 (and still relatively early in comparison with Eastern European countries). So what has been the effect of these very early bans? And now that awareness of other health hazards in buildings is increasing – think mould, radon, legionella, etc. – how should limited budgets be allocated to the best possible effect when it comes to removing such health hazards? What should be given priority and why?

Claus has followed a long road that has led him trough the trenches of engineering, construction and environmental health and safety. He has even been responsible for the overall offshore telecom system design, delivery and installation at the Euro 12 billion Greater Ekofisk Area development in Norwegian part of the North Sea! Presently, he is the General Manager at Dansk Bygningsanalyse A/S, which specialises in surveys and consultancy within hazardous materials, mould and wood rot which harm the environment in buildings. His firm is an independant consultant with its own laboratory capacity. It has been on the market for decades and is widely known for the pristine quality of services.

Arjan Endhoven

What does asbestos mean for the value of Industrial real estate? It’s a difficult question and one that Arjan Endhoven is highly qualified to answer.

Arjan studied Tax Economy at the University of Amsterdam. After finding his wings at an international tax practice of an American based global audit, he switched to BDO in 1999 and became partner in 2007.

Arjan is now the leading tax partner of the Real Estate Services Group within BDO. In connection with this, Arjan is active in BDO’s advisory group on sustainability issues and environmental taxes.

On behalf of BDO Netherlands, Arjan is the contact partner in the BDO International Competence Centre in Real Estate. Arjan is an accredited partner within BDO NL for its due diligence practice. He has written  various publications and regularly acts as guest teacher and speaker at various seminars. Arjan is a member of the Dutch Order of Tax Advisors.

Jan Kees Gijsbers

Jan Kees Gijsbers works as a policy officer on environmental and technical issues at De Alliantie, which is a large housing association with 62,000 homes in Amsterdam and the wider area. De Alliantie has been one of the first and leading Dutch housing associations to plan and enact policy on asbestos and has acquired a great deal of experience on the subject over the course of many years.

Important points in his work are risk management, safety and asbestos. On behalf of the Dutch organisation Aedes, which promotes the interest of 363 housing associations, he has also been a longtime member of the Committee of Experts of Ascert, the leading Dutch organisation on asbestos regulation. 

Jan Kees will explain how his housing association prepares for asbestos incidences by means of policy, management and communication methods with tenants and media. Asbestos is a sensitive subject in every sense: ‘Handle with care!’

Jeroen Kersten

Nothing asbestos related ever happens (or should happen) at Schiphol Airport without being run by Jeroen Kersten first! An expert on asbestos and fire hazards, Jeroen is the ‘asbestos man’ for the entire huge complex, of which only a small part may be seen above ground. The specific nature of an airport can lead to surprising and unexpected asbestos situations. Still, Jeroen makes a point of careful planning and putting policy into practice, focusing especially on prevention of exposure. Sometimes that is just not as easy as it sounds and he will explain why.

Heinz Kropiunik, Dipl.-Ing.

Heinz Kropiunik has a broad experience and knowledge of managing natural resources and environmental aspects, such as water, fire and asbestos. He has also been responsible for what may have been the largest asbestos removal project ever, certainly in Europe, of the Vienna International Centre, home to the United Nations Office (‘UNO City’) and workplace to thousands of employees. This project will be the backdrop of his presentation on the importance of a Due Diligence in the real estate sector, covering asbestos in conjunction with the regulation EN ISO 16000-32.

Jessy Middelkoop

Jetty Middelkoop will be our specialist speaker on asbestos fires! She studied at the Higher Laboratory School and the Agricultural University. She completed the officers’ training course of the Royal Netherlands Army and worked at the Inspectorate Nuclear Energy and a Radiation Protection Service of two Ministeries. In her present function, she is standby 24/7 for incidents where hazardous substances are involved, such as fires, dumpings and leakages. Jetty is the call-to person for any questions on hazardous substances, teaching classes to fire brigade departments and third parties, publishings and advising on plans and procedures involving hazardous substances such as asbestos. Whenever an asbestos fire occurs, Jetty is the expert on the job. Presently, she is involved in revising a national protocol for handling asbestos incidents.

Mavis Nye BCAh

Mavis Nye will speak of her five year fight with an invariably fatal asbestos cancer, mesothelioma, which usually claims its victims within a year of diagnosis. Having initially only been given three months to live, she set upon a difficult journey through four chemo regimes and two Phase I trials, only to be told no more treatment was available… to go home and make her affairs in order. That was not acceptable to her; she decided to widen her search and with success! Mesothelioma did not know what it took on, when it took on Mavis Nye. See