Last week during National Asbestos Awareness month, The Australian Government's Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency organised the 2 nd annual “ International Conference on Asbestos Awareness and Management 2015”. Held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, the aim of the conference was to promote and educate practitioners in best practice and international leadership in managing the risks of and preventing hazardous exposure to asbestos.
CETEC consultant Scott Stevens attended this conference along with approximately 350 delegates. These stakeholders included asbestos removal companies, asbestos consultants, CFMEU delegates, lawyers, government representatives, plus charitable organisations, Asbestos Related Disease (ARD) support groups and families currently dealing with the health repercussions from Australia’s asbestos filled past.
There was a range of very interesting speakers and perspectives and the conference focused on:
The conference also welcomed international speakers from Vietnam and the USA, who gave an insight into the still ongoing use of asbestos products throughout the world, and the many obstacles other countries are facing in order to ban the importation and use of all asbestos.
The conference was an engaging and informative event and provided all those in attendance a far greater understanding of the ongoing legacy of our past asbestos usage, not just here in Australia, but also internationally.
All those in attendance no doubt came away with an improved understanding of the impacts asbestos can have on communities and a determination to implement best practice to help contribute to an asbestos-free Australia in the near future.