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Asbestos in brownfield development

Event date: September 08, 2022

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8 September, 12:30โ€“13:15

Asbestos remains the leading cause of industrial disease and mortality in the UK, and more people die from asbestos-related causes than are killed on the roads. Work with asbestos is one of the most tightly regulated areas, with legislation governing all aspects of the process. It is also the case that most of this legislation is directed towards issues arising in the built environment and in premises themselves.

With the emphasis in recent years on broader suites of analysis as part of site investigations, asbestos is being identified as an issue on increasing numbers of sites. Industry polls indicate that around 80% of all brownfield development sites in the UK are impacted with asbestos in the soil or made ground at some level.

This webinar seeks to outline some of the major issues and pitfalls involved in the control of asbestos in made ground in site development, the potential impacts on options appraisal and techniques that can be used to minimise and mitigate against issues arising from these.

Speaker: Toby Gibbons

Toby has worked in asbestos consultancy since 2004, when he started work as a fresh-faced trainee. Significant parts of his career have focused on providing high level support to clients across the Middle East and Central Asia, with an emphasis on oil and gas and a strong foundation in the retail and public health spheres. He has developed specific skills and interests in asbestos in soil and in work as an expert witness. Toby joined RSK in 2015 and is operations director of RSK Asbestos. He holds a Certificate of Competence in Asbestos (CoCA) and is a Member of the Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management (MFAAM).

Moderator: Melissa Fox

Melissa Fox is the managing director of RSK Asbestos and has over 16 yearsโ€™ experience in asbestos consultancy. She has extensive knowledge and experience in assisting clients with all aspects of asbestos management and maintains a significant interest in asbestos-impacted land.

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