AoC Health and Safety Conference for UKATA

17 May 2017

Asbestos Association set to attend on 4 MayThe UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) will mark its first appearance at the Association of Colleges (AoC) Health and Safety Conference on 4 May by educating delegates on the ongoing dangers of asbestos. UKATA Director and renowned asbestos specialist Professor Roger Willey will be delivering a keynote speech on the subject of asbestos in the 21st Century.

Taking place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nottingham, the Conference is an opportunity for delegates to gain insight from inspirational speakers and thought leaders and hear about good practice and from other institutions. Sessions will look into health and safety legislation, how to have effective health and safety conversations, work placements, the prevent duty, stress prevention and wellbeing.

“This year will be the first time UKATA has attended the AoC event and we are really looking forward to it,” said UKATA General Manager Craig Evans. “Professor Willey is taking one of the afternoon breakout sessions at 3:50 pm and if his previous appearances at other Conferences are anything to go by, it will be a popular session and those who are unaware of Professor Willey’s reputation are in for a rare treat.”

As one of the world’s foremost experts on asbestos and hazardous materials, Professor Willey needs no introduction. With over 35 years of industry experience, the UKATA Director undertakes speaking engagements worldwide and is a respected expert witness in asbestos related court cases. This has included cases in Scotland; the High Courts of Ireland and Australia, as well as acting as Court Appointed Expert in the High Court in London. The Professor has served as Branch Chairman of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and Advisor to the Secretary of State for Scotland on Sustainable Development and remains a Director of UKATA and sits on the National Executive Committee.

As part of his presentation entitled Asbestos in the 21st Century, Professor Willey will be covering changes in death patterns, the mesothelioma cycle, Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) and how to break the mesothelioma cycle.

“AoC Conference is another opportunity to debate the issues and confront the challenges facing today’s health and safety professionals,” added Craig. “As asbestos remains the UK’s biggest workplace killer, Roger’s lecture will bring delegates up to speed on the issues they need to be aware of and importantly, some of the solutions.”

UKATA exists to set and verify standards and to emphasise the importance of best practice in training when it comes to the safe handling, removal and disposal of asbestos. Tasked by the HSE in 2008 for taking-on, managing and developing the list of training providers for licensed asbestos work in the UK, UKATA is now the leading authority in all levels of asbestos training in the UK. A full list of Training Providers can be found by visiting: www.ukata.org.uk/http://www.ukata.org.uk/training-provider-directory/.

For further information on UKATA, visit www.ukata.org.uk or call 01246 824 437.

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Olympic legend Kriss Akabusi to host UKATA 2018 Excellence Awards
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Olympic legend Kriss Akabusi to host UKATA 2018 Excellence Awards

Olympic track and field legend Kriss Akabusi MBE is set to host the UK Asbestos Training Association’s (UKATA) inaugural Excellence Awards.

Once a star of track and field, Kriss’ engaging personality, inspirational speaking style, and remarkable backstory has made him one the UK’s best-known sports personalities and TV presenters. At the black tie ceremony, which takes place on Friday 6 July at the Radisson Blu at East Midlands Airport, Kriss will present awards to six finalists.

UKATA General manager, Craig Evans, explained: “We are delighted to have Kriss Akabusi on board with our first ever UKATA Excellence Awards. His dedication, commitment and achievement throughout his career mirrors UKATA’s growth since it was set up in 2008.

Celebrating the Association’s 10th anniversary, the awards will recognise the member companies and individuals who have made an impact on UKATA and the wider asbestos industry.

Entries to the free-to-enter UKATA Excellence awards are open until Thursday 31 May. UKATA members can propose people and organisations in six categories – Advertising Campaign; Corporate Social Responsibility; Customer Service; Workforce Development; Training Initiative; and Innovation.

Craig urged: “You’ve got to be in it to win it so, I would urge all our members to enter and nominate. You are all doing wonderful work and deserve to be recognised; our Excellence Awards are the platform to do this.”

UKATA members can nominate and enter up to three categories in the Excellence Awards. To enter the awards, please click here

The glittering award ceremony follows UKATA’s Annual General Meeting and Asbestos Conference which will see a number of high profile guest speakers address more than 100 delegates.

Craig added: “The dinner dance and awards are a great opportunity to both share our success and recognise that of others in the industry. Together, we are ensuring more people are aware of, and combating the risks, of asbestos.

“I look forward to seeing everyone at the awards and drinking a toast to everything we have achieved in the industry together.”

Recognised as the key event for members and industry watchers alike, UKATA prides itself on delivering an AGM and Asbestos Conference focused on asbestos awareness. members interested in attending should register here

UKATA is the leading authority for asbestos training provision in the United Kingdom. Tasked by the HSE in 2008 to manage the licensed asbestos training providers, UKATA has gone from strength to strength and now has more than 180 member organisations from all corners of the UK.

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UKATA commended for Campaign of the Year at SHE Awards in April
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UKATA commended for Campaign of the Year at SHE Awards in April

The UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA), has been awarded a certificate of commendation for the Campaign of the Year, at the Safety and Health Excellence Awards on 11 April at VOX, Resorts World, Birmingham.

 

Hosted by Rory Bremner, the event saw UKATA join more than 400 of the UK’s leading specialists for an evening of networking that celebrates excellence in all things health and safety.

 

Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe Campaign, delivered thousands of hours of free asbestos training to small business and sole traders nationwide. With asbestos still the biggest killer in the UK workplace, the campaign was conceived to offer free asbestos training to those who need it most yet are least likely to be aware of the dangers.

 

“Our campaign to spread awareness of and combat the risk of asbestos in the Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe Campaign was given recognition for the significant improvement in health and safety intended.  On a personal level, collecting the award on behalf of UKATA was a true honour, to receive official praise (outside of the organisation) for a campaign that I have been responsible for organising and managing, means a lot”. Said Victoria Castelluccio Events & Marketing.

 

The awards were judged by a vastly experienced panel comprising many years’ experience in health and safety including the chief executive of NEBOSH Teresa Budworth, Neal Stone – former policy and standards director of the British Safety Council and Colin Webb advisor to Oxford University.

 

UKATA was up against Jaguar Land Rover and Edinburgh Airport to name but a few of the competition.

 

UKATA is the leading authority for asbestos training provision in the United Kingdom. Tasked by the HSE in 2008 to manage the licensed asbestos training providers, UKATA has gone from strength to strength and now has over 180 member organisations from all corners of the UK. For further information visit

www.ukata.org.uk  or call 01246 824 437.

 

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UKATA Working Well Together on 17 April
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UKATA Working Well Together on 17 April

On Tuesday 17 April from 8.30 am, UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) Director Chris Bishop will address between 60 -100 delegates at the North East Working Well Together (WWT) event, held at The Durham Centre. Further details on the Getting on track event can be found at http://wwt.uk.com/eventsall/04/2018.aspx

 

Following feedback from the last North East event on what topics should be covered, delegates felt they needed more information on the types of training needed for some aspects of asbestos work. This led to Chris being invited to discuss the topics, including what type of information, instruction and asbestos training is necessary, including notifiable non-licensed work, surveys and asbestos essentials.

“WWT has established itself as a key driver of health and safety performance and we are delighted Chris has been asked to speak at the event,” said UKATA General Manager Craig Evans. “The fact that delegates have asked for this talk suggests our message on asbestos safety is getting through.”

Established in 1998, WWT was set up by the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC), recognising the need for the industry itself to do more to improve its own health and safety performance, particularly among smaller businesses. 50,000 people have attended WWT events and more than 60 events are held each year, with this one addressing vital issues surrounding asbestos safety.

“UKATA share concerns over improving health and safety among smaller businesses.  Our messages on asbestos safety will be reaching the right people and we look forward to attending and contributing to more of these events in the future”, added Craig.

Chris will cover the categories of asbestos work and the typical training needed for each; plus examples of types of work covered under each category. Chris will provide delegates with a snapshot of asbestos essentials and will also address the issue of surveys; covering what’s involved, who should undertake them and importantly, to recognise what makes for a good and a bad survey.

Places are still available at the event, which will feature a speaker from the HSE on Enforcement and Inspections strategy, with others discussing CDM selection of contractors; Monitoring; Behaviour Change and other construction industry concerns.

 

UKATA is the leading authority for asbestos training provision in the United Kingdom. Tasked by the HSE in 2008 to manage the licensed asbestos training providers, UKATA has gone from strength to strength and now has over 180 member organisations from all corners of the UK. For further information, visit  www.ukata.org.uk  or call 01246 824 437.

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Asbestos at the NEC
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Asbestos at the NEC

The UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA), has announced its intention to exhibit at Contamination Expo Series 2018, taking place this year at Birmingham’s NEC on 12 and 13 September. This will be the third year UKATA has attended and from stand 5S80, UKATA will be raising awareness of the ongoing risks associated with asbestos while advising delegates on membership opportunities and associate status’.

This year will also see UKATA host several seminars in theatre 5U60, where delegates will be able to hear from key industry experts, asbestos professionals and health and safety specialists who will discuss the main asbestos issues impacting on business and employees today.

“The last two years has proven the value of attendance at the Expo, so UKATA is delighted to be involved for a third year,” said UKATA General Manager, Craig Evans. “Delegates will still be able to source information from our stand, but the seminar theatre allows us to address the issues that delegates told us mattered to them in 2018 in more depth. We look forward to welcoming people along.”

The Contamination Expo Series 2018 brings together the latest solutions, suppliers and experts in the field of contamination, over six specific shows. With Asbestos in Soils such a big issue, UKATA is based in the Land Remediation Expo. With the government target of 300,000 new homes by the middle of the next decade, brownfield development is coming to the fore and with it, a knowledge of asbestos in soils.

“We will certainly be speaking a lot about asbestos in soils, but we have our wider remit to educate on the risks associated with working with asbestos generally to address,” added Craig. “We will have a lot to say from our stand about our existing members and our approved asbestos training providers nationwide, while our experts have the expertise and hands on experience to drive home the message that asbestos remains the UK’s biggest workplace killer. The Expo is the perfect place to do just that.”

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UKATA is the leading authority for asbestos training provision in the United Kingdom. Tasked by the HSE in 2008 to manage the licensed asbestos training providers, UKATA has gone from strength to strength and now has over 180 member organisations from all corners of the UK. For further information, visit www.ukata.org.uk or call 01246 824 437.

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UKATA marks ten years of training the nation
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UKATA marks ten years of training the nation

A decade of dedication to asbestos training and prevention

In January 2018, the UK Asbestos Training Association marks a decade since the Association was first established to manage training providers for licenced asbestos work and monitor standards. The last ten years have seen profound changes for both UKATA and the wider world and while enormous strides have been made in asbestos training and awareness in the last decade, more remains to be done.

UKATA is marking ten years of asbestos training and safety with a series of special events and initiatives throughout 2018, including a special AGM, awards, additional charity work and an expansion of the Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe campaign, which has already delivered thousands of hours of free asbestos awareness training across the country to those who otherwise have been unable to access it.

“In January 2008, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) passed responsibility for managing the list of training providers for licenced asbestos work to UKATA, tasking us with monitoring training standards,” said UKATA General Manager Craig Evans. “Ten years on, UKATA has evolved from the original brief to fill the vacuum that existed in asbestos training, to offer our support and expertise to educate the nation on asbestos awareness.”

Back in 1999, asbestos was banned after the Government pledged to “deal effectively with the problems of asbestos”, but eight years on, millions of public buildings still contained the substance. The HSE Asbestos Training Providers’ Working Group (ATPWG) directed training enquiries to available providers but it was clear more needed to be done. The need for change was recognised and the formation of a training body was suggested, and the rest, as they say, is history.

“Until asbestos related deaths are consigned to history, UKATA has a key role to play until asbestos is consigned to history,” added Craig. “A decade down the line, asbestos remains a hidden killer, despite the latest HSE figures for 2015 showing over 5,000 asbestos related deaths keeping asbestos in top spot as the biggest killer in the UK workplace. UKATA has built on the vision of our founders to improve the wider health and safety landscape. Yet with these figures projected to remain the same for the next decade, now is the time to redouble efforts to seeing a significant fall in the number of deaths from asbestos related illnesses like mesothelioma.”

UKATA is the leading authority for asbestos training provision in the United Kingdom. Tasked by the HSE in 2008 to manage the licensed asbestos training providers, UKATA has gone from strength to strength and now has over 180 member organisations from all corners of the UK.

For further information, visit www.ukata.org.uk or call 01246 824 437.

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UKATA set to attend South Wales Safety Group Alliance Annual Conference, 18 April
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UKATA set to attend South Wales Safety Group Alliance Annual Conference, 18 April

UKATA set to attend South Wales Safety Group Alliance Annual Conference, 18 AprilThe UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) is attending The South Wales Safety Groups Alliance 3rd Annual Conference and Exhibition on Wednesday 18 April. Over 300 delegates will gather at Cardiff City Stadium this year, they will also have the opportunity to hear from UKATA Director and globally recognised asbestos expert, Professor Roger Willey.

Aiming to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of employees in South Wales, The South Wales Safety Groups Alliance comprises of the Wales Branch IIRSM; the South Wales Branch IOSH; South Wales Construction Safety Group; Cardiff and South East Wales Occupational Health and Safety Group and Swansea and West Wales Occupational Safety Group. The inaugural Conference and Exhibition was held in Cardiff in 2016 and success led to a second event in Swansea in 2017. UKATA will be making its debut at the event when it returns to Cardiff this year.

“UKATA is delighted to be attending the Safety Groups Alliance Conference,” said UKATA Marketing and Events Officer, Victoria Castelluccio. “In addition to Professor Willey speaking from 12.05-12.45, UKATA’s General Manager Craig Evans and myself will also be there, to promote UKATA Members, support Roger and answer any questions delegates may have concerning asbestos training post Roger’s address.”

Professor Willey is one of the world’s foremost experts on asbestos and hazardous materials; having spoken across the globe and served as an expert witness in asbestos related court cases. This has included cases in Scotland; the High Courts of Ireland and Australia, as well as acting as Court Appointed Expert in the High Court in London. The Professor has served as Branch Chairman of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), as Advisor to the Secretary of State for Scotland on Sustainable Development, and remains a Director of UKATA and sits on the Executive Committee.

“Roger has over 35 years of experience in the field, with many delegates attending events just to hear him speak,” added Victoria. “Roger will cover current issues, the dangers of exposure and as always, will have his own unique style of delivering best practice messages for delegates to take away with them,” she concluded.

UKATA is the leading authority for asbestos training provision in the United Kingdom. Tasked by the HSE in 2008 to manage the licensed asbestos training providers, UKATA has gone from strength to strength and now has over 180 member organisations from all corners of the UK. For further information, visit www.ukata.org.uk or call 01246 824 437.

Tickets for the event can be booked by calling: 0116 257 3197 or  clicking here 

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