The Specialist in Land Condition (SiLC) Register is a high-quality professional registration for people who are qualified to assess the condition and remediation of brownfield sites. The professional body holds an annual forum that brings together professionals, from a broad range of backgrounds, who advise on land-condition matters. This year’s event will take place on Tuesday, 30 March 2021. It will feature a stellar line up of expert industry speakers, together covering a wide array of topics. Presentations will be on subjects that include the importance of early contractor involvement and mechanisms to engage with contractors pre-contract; an introduction to the new national group for contaminated-land officers and a contaminated-land officer’s perspective on the national quality mark scheme for land contamination; the UK Sustainable Remediation Forum (SuRF UK) sustainability process and indicators; and the impacts of Brexit on the recognition of professional qualifications.
The virtual event will feature RSK Geosciences Director Dr Tom Henman, who was recently elected as deputy chair of the SiLC professional and technical panel. Tom will speak about effective risk communication and stakeholder engagement. The 20-minute segment will examine the key principles of good practice for communicating land-contamination risk, illustrated by his work for the Buchanan St. Ambrose Schools independent review that won the 2020 Brownfield Award for Best Public Engagement and Participation. “I am looking forward to presenting on this important, but sometimes neglected, topic,” said Dr Henman. “The case study I am presenting will illustrate how exemplary stakeholder engagement, combined with a rigorous independent investigation, was effective in resolving concerns that had been raised about land contamination and its possible links to health impacts at a major school campus in central Scotland.”
The event is open to all interested parties and will appeal to current and prospective SiLCs, regulators and contractors. It is free to attend for local authority staff, this year.
For a full list of the event’s programme, including the speakers and topics, click here.