From the Editor

Welcome to the FAMANZ quarterly Newsletter… May 2022

I would like to welcome all FAMANZ members to the May 2022 edition of the FAMANZ Quarterly newsletter. There was a fantastic response from the first edition in February 2022, Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. In this issue:

  • FAMANZ News
  • News on future FAMANZ events
  • Asbestos Industry News across Australia and New Zealand
  • World Asbestos Industry News
  • Legislation updates
  • Sponsor’s corner
  • “What would you change in the regulations and why….”
  • COHLABS – TEM article

The asbestos industry is constantly evolving and striving for perfection but there is always room for improvement. As editor of the newsletter, I welcome information on articles, events and input from all FAMANZ members.

Contact me at [email protected] or FAMANZ at [email protected]

Best regards,

Jason Milner – CoC Asbestos, MFAMANZ, MFAAM
Editor


FAMANZ News

2022 Asbestos Safety and Management Conference | 18 – 20 May 2022

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) and Blue Mountains City Council (BMCC) hosted the 2022 Asbestos Safety and Management Conference, which was held from 18 – 20  May 2022 at the Fairmont Resort & Spa in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains.

The photo at the top of the newsletter shows two of our FAMANZ Directors; Philip Hibbs and Jackii Shepherd at the conference.

On Wednesday 18 May 2022 there was a half-day technical workshop by FAMANZ* covering the top issues facing local governments and those with the management of workplaces and residences impacted by asbestos or asbestos products.

On Thursday 19 and Friday 20 May 2022, FAMANZ Directors were amongst the professionals presenting at the conference. It was very well attended with a wide range of topics presented. Well done to everyone involved who ensured the event was a great success.

*There will be an opportunity for those that were unable to attend the conference to purchase access to the FAMANZ technical presentations in the near future.

 

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Scheme

A reminder that CPD Logs are overdue and were required prior to Monday 28 February 2022.
  

A total of 5 CPD points must be attained by Full Members Risk Management and Remediation per calendar year (1 January to 31 December inclusive).  Memberships purchased prior to December 2020, CPD Logs are now due.  Membership purchased between January 2021 and December 2021 are due in 2023.

To submit your CPD log, log in to your account, then https://famanz.org/create-cpd-return/.
Further information on the CPD Scheme

Upgrade your Membership


FAMANZ are inviting current members to upgrade their current membership  

Have you successfully completed new qualifications?

Have you been practicing for more than 3 years (to be eligible for technical membership) or 5 years (to be eligible for full membership)?

Do you qualify as a Technical or Risk Management FAMANZ member? 

To apply for a membership upgrade see the FAMANZ website HERE

FAMANZ Welcomes New Members

Why not send this email on to a prospective member? It could save lives…

Who is FAMANZ for?

Occupational hygienists, asbestos removal contractors, environmental consultants, asbestos assessors / surveyors, property managers, demolition contractors, recycling industry operators, disposal contractors, suppliers, and allied industries.

You do not have to be an asbestos professional to become an affiliate member of FAMANZ.

Membership benefits:

  • Minimise exposures to airborne respirable asbestos fibres for workers and the general public in Australia and New Zealand;
  • Pursue excellence for all those who practise in the asbestos assessment, management, and abatement professions;
  • Establish, develop and maintain standards of competence in asbestos assessment, management, and abatement for those who are members of FAMANZ.

Join FAMANZ now to keep up to date with the Asbestos industry news with free webinars for Members. 

FAMANZ Events

FAMANZ Webinar: An Introduction to Asbestos Removal Contractors Association NZ

Thursday 26 May, 2022 @ 2.00pm AEST | 4.00pm NZST | 12.00pm AWST

Presented by: Jason Catterall, Director of Morecroft Group.

Jason Catterall, Director of Morecroft Group will be sharing his vision for a new framework being developed for the New Zealand Asbestos industry by ARCA NZ.

In collaboration with ARCA in the United Kingdom, ARCA NZ is aiming to provide a reference point for excellence of service, quality and training, for both organisations and individuals who are committed to raising standards to the highest possible level.

Jason will be sharing the organisation’s view of the existing New Zealand industry landscape, highlighting the many areas where ARCA has been successful in the United Kingdom, and giving you a preview of the core offering and goals of the Organisation here in New Zealand.

The presentation will take approximately 40 minutes, with 20 minutes for Q&A and discussions. 

Available to members and non members.  Register online now. 

What would you change in the regulations and why….”

This is a conversation many professionals have in regards to current legislation for their chosen profession, the asbestos industry is no different. I am welcoming input from readers with suggestions and more importantly: validation. Having worked in the asbestos industry in the public sector and consultancy since 2004 another common discussion I have in New Zealand with fellow professionals is; mandatory asbestos awareness training. Let’s look at the facts…..

Mandatory asbestos awareness training 

Asbestos exposure is the No. 1 cause of work-related deaths in the world. The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 people die every year as a result of occupational exposure to asbestos. An estimated 125 million people worldwide remain at risk of occupational exposure to asbestos.

An estimated 4000 Australians and 250 New Zealanders die annually from an asbestos-related disease. Australia has one of the highest measured incidence rates of mesothelioma in the world. Each year in Australia, between 700 and 800 people are diagnosed with this rare and aggressive cancer.

These statistics are worrying, but are they accurate? There could be many more fatalities from respiratory diseases which are not attributed to asbestos even though a person has been exposed to asbestos previously and it has not been documented. An asbestos-related disease not only affects the person directly but also family and friends.

How can asbestos-related deaths be prevented?

Education, Education, Education…..!!

Introduce mandatory asbestos awareness training for all workers working in buildings built on or before the year 2000**. In the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) state, Australia asbestos awareness training is mandatory but why is it not mandatory across the whole of Australia and New Zealand?  

Conclusion 

Asbestos kills thousands of people each year. Asbestos education could prevent or lower these needless fatalities. Death itself is not an incentive to encourage people to complete asbestos awareness training as people think “It won’t happen to me”. When it does happen to them, it’s too late!

That is why asbestos awareness training should be a mandatory legislative requirement across Australia and New Zealand. 

“What would you change in the regulations and why….?” – Contact me at [email protected] or FAMANZ at [email protected]

** The statement “buildings built on or before the year 2000” is an approximate guide only. Asbestos Containing Materials have been identified in buildings built post the year 2000.

Sponsors Corner

FAMANZ would like to introduce another one of our important sponsors Hibbs.

Hibbs is a specialist consulting company with approximately 25 highly qualified, permanent full time consultants. All Hibbs consultants have been handpicked to ensure they bring to the table an extensive depth and range of experience which complements our business platforms. Hibbs is one of the very few companies in Australia (whether private or public) currently employing four full time certified occupational hygienists.

As a relatively small company, we are able to adapt and respond quickly to our client’s needs with subject matter experts in Risk Management. This is facilitated by the company maintaining a fairly flat organisational structure and empowering our highly professional team of consultants.

For more information, visit https://hibbs.com.au/ or call 02 9746 3244.

Contact Details:
Phone (Sydney Office): 02 9746 3244
Phone (Melbourne Office): 03 9894 0955
Phone (Brisbane Office): 07 3181 4313
Email: [email protected]

Become a FAMANZ Sponsor……

The Faculty of Asbestos Management of Australia & New Zealand (FAMANZ), is the largest not for profit association in Australia & New Zealand, dedicated to promoting professional asbestos management.

Any company or organisation can show their support of FAMANZ.  We offer benefits to all businesses and have a tiered sponsorship structure that offers supporters a range of marketing, advertising, profiling and co-branding opportunities. Read more

Industry News

The WHS Act and accompanying regulations came into effect on 31 March 2022

The Government announced WA’s new Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws commenced on Thursday March 31st 2022.

In an Australian first, the laws bring together most WA workplaces under one Act. To cater for unique working conditions, three sets of regulations covering general workplaces, mining and petroleum have been developed. View HERE.

SafeWork SA publishes new guidance on respiratory protective equipment

SafeWork SA has published special guidance on respiratory protective equipment (RPE), after identifying widespread non-compliance with fit-testing and other requirements aimed at protecting workers from airborne contaminants like asbestos and crystalline silica.

RPE is a last defence in protecting the wearer from airborne contaminants but is ineffective if it does not fit correctly or is unsuitable for the type of hazard or task.

The new guidance includes advice on: identifying hazardous substances and the most appropriate RPE for them; using RPE; fit-testing and fit-checking; inspecting, maintaining, repairing and storing RPE; monitoring the health of workers required to use RPE; and record-keeping.

When managing health and safety risks arising from respiratory hazards, knowing the correct form(s) a hazardous substance takes is important in ensuring the most appropriate and effective control measure is implemented.

View HERE.

NZDAA fund an independent review into the state of the Asbestos Industry and Management within New Zealand

The NZDAA have commissioned an independent review of the asbestos industry and in particular changes that have occurred since the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016.

The review is being conducted by Mike Cosman who is one of New Zealand’s most experienced health and safety specialists. Mike was the only professional on the Independent Ministerial Taskforce set up after Pike River that resulted in the 2015 HSWA and the establishment of WorkSafe, as well as the Independent Forestry Safety Review. Mike is an independent consultant who has a particular interest in asbestos matters that started when he was one of the HSE Inspectors specially trained to inspect asbestos manufacturing (that shows how long he has been in the industry!) and removal activities.

He subsequently had oversight of the HSE’s construction sector including the Asbestos Licensing Unit before coming to NZ in 2004 as National Operations Manager and Chief Advisor Health and Safety for OSH/DoL. He was the Managing Director of Impac for 7 years before setting up his own firm CosmanParkes Ltd in 2014.

The review is largely qualitative and involves talking to a wide range of stakeholders in the industry from surveyors, removalists, Licenced Asbestos Assessors/analysts, consultants, training providers, laboratories, doctors, clients, WorkSafe, waste disposal etc..

Mike is looking at each of the key processes and artefacts introduced by the regulations and seeking feedback on how well they perform; for example Asbestos surveys and Asbestos Management Plans, the licensing process and WorkSafe’s oversight, ARCPs, NZQA training, etc.. He is also in discussion with WorkSafe about analysing some of their data from their various interventions.

Mike is still in the discovery phase of the project and would be happy to talk to anyone who would like to contribute to the review. The review is expected to be completed by June 2022 and will be made available by NZDAA at that time

You can contact Mike at the following email: [email protected] 

HASANZ – H&S Generalist career pathway initiative

HASANZ has launched three new guides for the Health and Safety Generalists profession.

The development of these guides is part of a joint initiative between the Health and Safety Association of NZ (HASANZ), NZ Institute of Safety Management (NZISM) and the NZ Safety Council to address the growing need for more Health and Safety Generalists in the workforce.

HASANZ want to create awareness for individuals and organisations about the growing demand and the changing nature of skills required for a role as a Health and Safety Generalist.

View HERE.

First NATA Accredited
Transmission Electron Microscopy Asbestos Laboratory in Oceania

In the February 2022 newsletter we covered the COHLABS-TEM joint-venture between 3 different companies that decided to collaborate their skills to bring Transmission Electron Microscopy to Australia for the purpose of improving scientific rigour to the asbestos industry.

 

Laurent Fenouil provided an insight into the TEM joint venture…..

COHLABS-TEM was first established in 2020 and is a joint-venture between 3 different companies (ITGA, COHLABS and PPS) that decided to collaborate their skills to bring Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) to the to Asia Pacific Region for the purpose of improving scientific rigour to the asbestos industry. Our journey to date while exciting, has also faced its challenges from seeking capital to fund our initiative, sourcing specialised international carriers to ship several tonnes of delicate and expensive equipment from France, limited TEM installers in Australia and no industry recognised NATA TEM asbestos assessors in Australia. COVID Lockdowns further added to the challenge as equipment supply issues and restriction on travel delayed our start up. Despite all the challenges COHLABS-TEM was accredited in December 2021 for both bulk and filter membrane by theNational Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA) to the ISO17025:2017 laboratory standard, the first of its kind in the region.

COHLABS-TEM Senior Analyst is Mr Jordan Ogor. Originally from Liffré in France, Jordan graduated with an engineering degree in physics and chemical science. During his masters, Jordan completed a 5 month internship at RioTinto on aluminium electrolysis and another 6 months internship at a Naval Group on proton exchange membrane electrolysis. He has been a TEM analyst for over 5 years and has worked with international experts in Europe before arriving in Australia in 2020.

COHLABS-TEM primary objective is to complement existing PLM/PCM asbestos laboratories in analysis of samples such as naturally occurring asbestos (NOA) and commercial samples which are limited by the resolution of the optical microscope and sometimes by the masking effects of other materials that comprise the balance of the sample. Asbestos fibres with widths below approximately 0.2 µm are unlikely to be detected by PLM/PCM.  The concept of the TEM is to produce electron at the top of the microscope within the electron gun by heating a tungsten filament which will send, through a vacuum column, electrons through the sample. Electron microscopy allows the analyst to have a magnification much higher than PCM/PLM analysis. The minimum object size detection for TEM is down to 1 nm.

COHLABS-TEM looks forward to offering a unique service which supplements the existing asbestos analytical industry for better worker and public health outcomes.

 

COHLABS-TEM Link HERE

World Asbestos Industry news

UK HSE publish ‘RR1176 – Asbestos exposures to workers in the licensed asbestos removal industry’ research report

The aim of this research was to provide information on asbestos exposures to licensed removal workers in Great Britain and to assess compliance of work practices with HSE guidance.

HSE scientists visited eight removal sites during 2016 to 2019. Removals included asbestos insulating board (AIB), insulation and sprayed coating. The researchers monitored airborne fibre concentrations using samplers and observed work practices.

Read More Here

Industry Events

ASBESTONOMY

The inaugural ASBESTONOMY event will take place on 16th & 17th of June 2022 at the ILEC CONFERENCE CENTRE in London.

Organised by Cédille Editions, it will bring together on an international scale, key players in the asbestos industry. An evening of exchange and networking followed by a day of conferences to learn, understand and discover the latest innovations in asbestos risk management.

Asbestonomy’s main ambition is to share international expertise and create a community to act in the best possible way, and thus limit the risks of exposure to asbestos wherever you are in the world.

Find out more HERE:

ASTM Johnson/Rook Conference on Asbestos  | 25th – 29th July 2022

The ASTM Johnson/Rook Conference on Asbestos will be held July 25, 2022 through July 29, 2022. The conference is organized by ASTM Committee D22 on Air Quality, and will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton, South Burlington, VT, .

Since 1986, the Johnson Conferences have served as forums for the discussion of asbestos issues. Held in the beautiful summers of northern Vermont, the Johnson Conference is being renamed the “Johnson/Rook Conference” in honor of Dr. Harry S. Rook, chair of the first eight Johnson Conferences.

Find out more HERE:

CASANZ22: Climate for change | A better air quality future  |
12th – 14th September 2022

CASANZ promotes awareness and understanding of the issues affecting air quality. With the support of local and world-renowned leaders in the sector, we proudly present the 26th International Clean Air and Environment Conference on the 12-14 September 2022 at The Stamford Grand Adelaide Hotel, located in Glenelg, South Australia.

We are living in an age of transformation where air quality has become an increasingly important public concern, receiving additional focus across scientific fields and policy arenas. Technology is driving innovation in the areas of renewable energy and transport promising the potential for large emission reductions and improvements in air quality.

Find out more HERE:

BOHS – Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management (FAAM) | Asbestos 2022 Conference | 18th – 19th October 2022
12th – 14th September 2022

 

2022 sees the fifth annual asbestos conference organised in conjunction with the Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management (FAAM) and this year we return to an in-person event with an option to watch all the recordings of the 2 days sessions with a digital delegate pass.

The event will bring together researchers, academics, practitioners and regulators, through various plenary talks and technical sessions with a programme that will include UK and international speakers, dealing with scientific topics covering key areas regarding the assessment, control and management of asbestos.

The conference takes place on 18th & 19th October 2022 at The Birmingham Conference & Events Centre

Find out more HERE:

 

HASANZ Conference 2022 | Te Papa, Wellington, NZ | 16th – 18th November 2022

 

HASANZ CONFERENCE 2022 is the flagship conference for workplace health and safety professionals in New Zealand, organised by the industry for the industry. It also has wide appeal to every business with an interest in health and safety and attracts sector influencers, educators, regulators and decision makers.

Find out more HERE:

 

Next Newsletter – AUGUST 2022

FAMANZ require questions for our new newsletter section:

“Ask the Expert”

FAMANZ has the resources of various regulators across Oceania as well as members of the FAMANZ board who will provide a comprehensive reply as “Reasonably Practicable”.

Thank you for reading & Keep safe…..

Best regards,
Jason Milner – CoC Asbestos, MFAMANZ, MFAAM

Editor
Contact me at [email protected] or FAMANZ at [email protected]