Seminar: Management of Asbestos – Guidance on Management and Abatement of Asbestos Containing Materials
Date: 26 February 2015
Time: 14:00 hrs – 16:00 hrs
Venue: The Gresham Hotel, Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
Fee: EUR0 – EUR60 [NISO Vouchers accepted as per terms and conditions]
Seminar: Management of Asbestos
This seminar will provide practical advice on measures to control asbestos in the workplace and prevent exposure to asbestos fibres or, where this is not reasonably practicable, to reduce exposure to asbestos fibres.
What is Asbestos? Asbestos is a term used for the fibrous forms of several naturally occurring minerals. There are six regulated types of asbestos in Ireland but Crocidolite (blue), Amosite (brown)and Chrysotile (white) were the main types of asbestos used.
What are the Health Effects? Asbestos is a Category 1 carcinogen and all six types can cause cancer. There is no cure for asbestos related diseases. Inhalation of asbestos fibre may lead to:
- Asbestosis: scarring of the lung tissue, which restricts breathing.
- Lung cancer: Smoking greatly increases the risk of developing asbestos related lung cancer.
- Mesothelioma: a cancer of the cells that make up the lining around the outside of the lungs, ribs (pleura) or abdominal organs (peritoneum). The diseases can take many years (15-60) to develop, and there are no immediate changes in someone’s health after breathing in asbestos.
Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) can be hidden in any building built or refurbished before the year 2000.
ACMs can be found in the following areas [non exhaustive list]:
- Roof and exterior walls
- Boiler, vessels and pipework
- Interior Walls / Panels
- Flooring Materials
- Air Handling Systems
- Domestic Appliances
- Other: e.g. fire blankets, water tank, brake/clutch lining
The Guidelines on Management and Abatement of Asbestos Containing Materials aim to prevent occupational illness from exposure to respirable asbestos fibres. Darren Arkins will discuss this comprehensive guide and provide information and guidance to delegates on how to identify asbestos in the workplace and the appropriate action to take on identification of asbestos. Darren will also speak on the duty-holders and their roles when it comes to dealing with asbestos in the workplace.
Speaker: Darren Arkins, Senior Inspector, Health and Safety Authority
Darren works as a senior inspector with the Health and Safety Authority since 2008. Darren heads up the Occupational Hygiene Unit (OHU) in the Chemical and Prevention Division of the Authority. The Unit has responsibility for enforcement, policy and administration of legislation in relation to asbestos, chemical agents, carcinogens and biological agents. He has prepared Authority Guidance on many aspects of occupational hygiene including the new Asbestos Guidelines.
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