See the latest from the Annual General Meeting

Published April 28, 2024

The AHCA hosted the Annual General Meeting at LinQ Bar. We’d like to thank everyone who was able to join us to learn about how everything is progressing, and see what we have envisioned for the future.

If you were unable to attend, we’ve uploaded the presentation for you to catch up on below.

Click here to download the presentation


2023 Asbestos Focus Month Webinar Downloads

Posted on November 26, 2023

The AHCA & AIOH co-hosted a great event during Asbestos Focus Month around the challenges that are presented […]

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AHCA June 2023 Networking Event

Posted on July 19, 2023

The AHCA’s latest June 2023 Networking Event is now online for those of you who were unable to […]

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AHCA April 2023 Meeting

Posted on May 4, 2023

Catch up on the latest news from AHCA and our guest speakers. This month we have Sam Giorgatzis […]

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Free Webinar: Asbestos and Natural Disasters

Posted on November 20, 2022

Join us this Thursday, the 24th of November, for a free webinar on Asbestos and Natural Disasters. This […]

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2023 Asbestos Focus Month Webinar Downloads

Published November 26, 2023

The AHCA & AIOH co-hosted a great event during Asbestos Focus Month around the challenges that are presented on asbestos contaminated lands. We had speakers from AIOH, ASEA, NSW EPA, NATA and Western Sydney University. This was a free event for members, and we highly encourage all of you to join us at our webinars in the future if you couldn’t make it this time.

If you missed the webinar we’re pleased to be able to share a free recording with you:

Asbestos Awareness Week Webinar On-demand from N W on Vimeo.

Western Sydney University: Non-Destructive Digging in Asbestos Contaminated Soil:
Click here to download the presentation

NSW EPA: Asbestos Remediation and Clean up in Aboriginal Communities and Remote Locations:
Click here to download the presentation

ASEA: Real-time Asbestos Detection:
Click here to download the presentation

The AHCA would like to thank all the speakers who took time out of their busy lives to present on such an important topic. A special thank you and shout out to Sharann Johnson from the AIOH, without who’s support this webinar couldn’t have happened.

 


See the latest from the Annual General Meeting

Posted on April 28, 2024

The AHCA hosted the Annual General Meeting at LinQ Bar. We’d like to thank everyone who was able […]

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AHCA June 2023 Networking Event

Posted on July 19, 2023

The AHCA’s latest June 2023 Networking Event is now online for those of you who were unable to […]

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AHCA April 2023 Meeting

Posted on May 4, 2023

Catch up on the latest news from AHCA and our guest speakers. This month we have Sam Giorgatzis […]

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Free Webinar: Asbestos and Natural Disasters

Posted on November 20, 2022

Join us this Thursday, the 24th of November, for a free webinar on Asbestos and Natural Disasters. This […]

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AHCA June 2023 Networking Event

Published July 19, 2023

The AHCA’s latest June 2023 Networking Event is now online for those of you who were unable to attend in person, or for anyone interested in reviewing the information.

This month we hosted many experts in the field, including Associate Professor Payam Zekavat – Western Sydney University, Jason Wall – State Inspector SafeWork NSW, Daniel Adler – Asbestos Policy Project Manager, Local Government NSW, and Jeremy Koh – Manager, Major Projects & Initiatives, NSW EPA.

Check out the video below to catch up, and download the presentations at the links beneath the video.

Download Jason Wall’s Presentation:
SafeWork NSW Presentation for Asbestos Health Monitoring Requirement

Download Associate Professor Payam Zekavat’s Presentation:
Western Sydney University Non-Destructive Digging in Asbestos Contaminated Soil Experiment Presentation

Download Daniel Adler’s Presentation:
Local Government NSW – Face to face asbestos risk communication for councils. Survey and recommendations

Download Jeremy Koh’s Presentation:
NSW EPA – NSW-Qld Integrated Waste Tracking Solution: A nationally consistent system


See the latest from the Annual General Meeting

Posted on April 28, 2024

The AHCA hosted the Annual General Meeting at LinQ Bar. We’d like to thank everyone who was able […]

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2023 Asbestos Focus Month Webinar Downloads

Posted on November 26, 2023

The AHCA & AIOH co-hosted a great event during Asbestos Focus Month around the challenges that are presented […]

Read the full story

AHCA April 2023 Meeting

Posted on May 4, 2023

Catch up on the latest news from AHCA and our guest speakers. This month we have Sam Giorgatzis […]

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Free Webinar: Asbestos and Natural Disasters

Posted on November 20, 2022

Join us this Thursday, the 24th of November, for a free webinar on Asbestos and Natural Disasters. This […]

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AHCA April 2023 Meeting

Published May 4, 2023

Catch up on the latest news from AHCA and our guest speakers.

This month we have Sam Giorgatzis from Praden, Julia Collins from ASEA and Anna Dawson from SafeWork NSW.

Check out the video below to catch up, and download the presentations at the links beneath the video.

Download Sam’s presentation on Praden

Download the ASEA presentation here

Download the SafeWork NSW presentation here


See the latest from the Annual General Meeting

Posted on April 28, 2024

The AHCA hosted the Annual General Meeting at LinQ Bar. We’d like to thank everyone who was able […]

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2023 Asbestos Focus Month Webinar Downloads

Posted on November 26, 2023

The AHCA & AIOH co-hosted a great event during Asbestos Focus Month around the challenges that are presented […]

Read the full story

AHCA June 2023 Networking Event

Posted on July 19, 2023

The AHCA’s latest June 2023 Networking Event is now online for those of you who were unable to […]

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Free Webinar: Asbestos and Natural Disasters

Posted on November 20, 2022

Join us this Thursday, the 24th of November, for a free webinar on Asbestos and Natural Disasters. This […]

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Free Webinar: Asbestos and Natural Disasters

Published November 20, 2022

Join us this Thursday, the 24th of November, for a free webinar on Asbestos and Natural Disasters. This webinar focusses on the experiences and lessons learnt from fires and floods in the management of asbestos to prevent exposures to workers and the communities caught up in the clean-ups. Our presenters have been on the front line dealing with the challenges of asbestos exposures during these tragic events.

Speakers include:

Jason Wall
SafeWork NSW, Assistant State Inspector, Asbestos and Demolition Unit
Impacts of Asbestos on the Community following NSW Wickham Fires

John Batty
Past President AHCA
Management of Asbestos during the NSW Black Summer Bush fire

John Formosa
NSW Public Works Dept, Environmental Manager / Project Manager
Public Works Emergency Management Experiences with Asbestos Clean-ups in Large Scale Emergencies in NSW

Dr Georgia Khatib
Assistant Director, ASEA
National Residential Asbestos Heatmap to Support Asbestos Management in Disaster Events

To book your slot, simply click the button below.


See the latest from the Annual General Meeting

Posted on April 28, 2024

The AHCA hosted the Annual General Meeting at LinQ Bar. We’d like to thank everyone who was able […]

Read the full story

2023 Asbestos Focus Month Webinar Downloads

Posted on November 26, 2023

The AHCA & AIOH co-hosted a great event during Asbestos Focus Month around the challenges that are presented […]

Read the full story

AHCA June 2023 Networking Event

Posted on July 19, 2023

The AHCA’s latest June 2023 Networking Event is now online for those of you who were unable to […]

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AHCA April 2023 Meeting

Posted on May 4, 2023

Catch up on the latest news from AHCA and our guest speakers. This month we have Sam Giorgatzis […]

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Asbestos Focus Month 2022

Published November 20, 2022

As part of Asbestos Focus Month (November 2022) the Asbestos & Hazardous Materials Consultant’s Association (AHCA) has put together a Members Campaign Pack which includes email content, animation posts, Microsoft Teams Background and other useful information/media resources.

Please take the time to share this very important message with your colleagues, friends and on your socials. With asbestos-related diseases continuing to increase among Australians as a direct result of exposure to asbestos fibres during home renovations or in the workplace; the importance of increasing awareness and educating Australians on how to manage asbestos safely in accordance with regulations cannot be overstated. Asbestos-related disease are preventable, and these campaigns are designed to reach as many of our friends, families and colleagues as possible so that people are aware of the risk and know exactly how to manage/control asbestos exposure.


See the latest from the Annual General Meeting

Posted on April 28, 2024

The AHCA hosted the Annual General Meeting at LinQ Bar. We’d like to thank everyone who was able […]

Read the full story

2023 Asbestos Focus Month Webinar Downloads

Posted on November 26, 2023

The AHCA & AIOH co-hosted a great event during Asbestos Focus Month around the challenges that are presented […]

Read the full story

AHCA June 2023 Networking Event

Posted on July 19, 2023

The AHCA’s latest June 2023 Networking Event is now online for those of you who were unable to […]

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AHCA April 2023 Meeting

Posted on May 4, 2023

Catch up on the latest news from AHCA and our guest speakers. This month we have Sam Giorgatzis […]

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AHCA 2022 AGM

Published August 30, 2022

We’d like to thank John Batty for his service as President of the AHCA over the past 18 months. Please find his President report and recording of the AGM.

Another special thank you for outgoing Treasurer Fraser Elder. Fraser has been the Treasurer of the AHCA since it’s inception and has been instrumental in the success of the AHCA.
We’d like to welcome the new AHCA executive committee for 2022-23 under new President Jason North.

Download the President’s Report here

Download the Powerpoint Presentation from the AGM here


See the latest from the Annual General Meeting

Posted on April 28, 2024

The AHCA hosted the Annual General Meeting at LinQ Bar. We’d like to thank everyone who was able […]

Read the full story

2023 Asbestos Focus Month Webinar Downloads

Posted on November 26, 2023

The AHCA & AIOH co-hosted a great event during Asbestos Focus Month around the challenges that are presented […]

Read the full story

AHCA June 2023 Networking Event

Posted on July 19, 2023

The AHCA’s latest June 2023 Networking Event is now online for those of you who were unable to […]

Read the full story

AHCA April 2023 Meeting

Posted on May 4, 2023

Catch up on the latest news from AHCA and our guest speakers. This month we have Sam Giorgatzis […]

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April Seminar and Networking Event

Published November 29, 2021

We were lucky enough to host both the EPA and ASEA at our April Seminar, to learn more about the latest news in the asbestos and hazardous materials world. We’ve recorded all the videos for you to check out, and attached links for each presentation underneath each video.

A big thanks to Allens for their sponsorship of this event.

EPA Presentation

Download the EPA Presentation

ASEA Presentation

Download the ASEA Presentation

AHCA Presentation

Download the AHCA Presentation


See the latest from the Annual General Meeting

Posted on April 28, 2024

The AHCA hosted the Annual General Meeting at LinQ Bar. We’d like to thank everyone who was able […]

Read the full story

2023 Asbestos Focus Month Webinar Downloads

Posted on November 26, 2023

The AHCA & AIOH co-hosted a great event during Asbestos Focus Month around the challenges that are presented […]

Read the full story

AHCA June 2023 Networking Event

Posted on July 19, 2023

The AHCA’s latest June 2023 Networking Event is now online for those of you who were unable to […]

Read the full story

AHCA April 2023 Meeting

Posted on May 4, 2023

Catch up on the latest news from AHCA and our guest speakers. This month we have Sam Giorgatzis […]

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Sign up for a Free Webinar, hosted by AIOH

Published November 8, 2021

Our friends over at AIOH are hosting a free webinar that you’re invited to join. This is for practitioners involved in the characterization of asbestos containing materials to give them an update on issues as well as improve their knowledge and skills.

This is panel discussion with representatives from ASEA, AHCA, AIOH, FAMANZ and NATA

AHCA – Asbestos & Hazardous Materials Consultants Association

AIOH – Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists

ASEA– Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency

FAMANZ – Faculty of Asbestos Management Australia and New Zealand

NATA – National Association of Testing Authorities

The webinar will be facilitated by Kris Thomas, with the following program:

  • Gavin Chappell, AHCA, The challenge of collecting representative and sufficient asbestos bulk and dust samples along with case studies.
  • Neil Shepherd, NATA, Sampling and unacceptable practices such as using sticky tape and the reporting on forms with NATA logo.
  • Yanel Lara, AIOH, The Australian Standard 4964 and update of current issues being discussed.
  • Belinda Brown, ASEA, Asbestos identification innovations i.e. heat mapping and real time asbestos identification project

See the latest from the Annual General Meeting

Posted on April 28, 2024

The AHCA hosted the Annual General Meeting at LinQ Bar. We’d like to thank everyone who was able […]

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2023 Asbestos Focus Month Webinar Downloads

Posted on November 26, 2023

The AHCA & AIOH co-hosted a great event during Asbestos Focus Month around the challenges that are presented […]

Read the full story

AHCA June 2023 Networking Event

Posted on July 19, 2023

The AHCA’s latest June 2023 Networking Event is now online for those of you who were unable to […]

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AHCA April 2023 Meeting

Posted on May 4, 2023

Catch up on the latest news from AHCA and our guest speakers. This month we have Sam Giorgatzis […]

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Announcing Asbestos Focus Month

Published October 26, 2021

This November, we’re helping to spread information about asbestos and the associated risks with our network and the wider community at large. We’ll be posting interest asbestos facts, some information about Australia’s history with asbestos, and testing your knowledge on certain topics. You can find all this and more on our LinkedIn page throughout the month of November.

To raise awareness around the Asbestos Focus Month, we’ve created some handy resources for you to download and help spread the message, including Zoom/Teams backgrounds and email signatures. Let us know if you’d like these in any other format and we will be able to help.


See the latest from the Annual General Meeting

Posted on April 28, 2024

The AHCA hosted the Annual General Meeting at LinQ Bar. We’d like to thank everyone who was able […]

Read the full story

2023 Asbestos Focus Month Webinar Downloads

Posted on November 26, 2023

The AHCA & AIOH co-hosted a great event during Asbestos Focus Month around the challenges that are presented […]

Read the full story

AHCA June 2023 Networking Event

Posted on July 19, 2023

The AHCA’s latest June 2023 Networking Event is now online for those of you who were unable to […]

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AHCA April 2023 Meeting

Posted on May 4, 2023

Catch up on the latest news from AHCA and our guest speakers. This month we have Sam Giorgatzis […]

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NATA Update

Published October 18, 2021

The AHCA would like to highlight to members and the wider industry a recent statement released by NATA clarifying the NATA position regarding the use of adhesive tapes and/or swab sampling techniques and associated analysis for asbestos.

The AHCA supports NATA’s position statement and intends to run a seminar on the potential flaws and inconstancies associated with the adhesive tapes and/or swab methodology in November.

AHCA cautions members and the wider industry against using such techniques due to the limited data set provided to undertake a robust risk assessment.

NATA statement:

NATA continues to receive questions on the applicability of AS 4964 2004 to the analysis of dust samples collected using adhesive tape and swabs/wipes.  NATA has sought technical advice on this matter and has concluded as a result that samples of dust collected using adhesive tape, swabs or wipes fall outside of the definition of a bulk sample and therefore are not covered by the scope of AS 4964 2004.  NATA supports method development.  It is recommended that validation studies be undertaken for both techniques to demonstrate collection of samples in this way is fit for purpose and the outcome of these studies published to allow for peer review.

NATA is writing to advise applicant and accredited facilities that testing of dust samples collected using adhesive tape, swabs or wipes is not covered by the scope of accreditation and as such results cannot be issued with the NATA endorsement.  This advice will also be provided to NATA’s stakeholders and circulated via NATA’s social media platforms. 


See the latest from the Annual General Meeting

Posted on April 28, 2024

The AHCA hosted the Annual General Meeting at LinQ Bar. We’d like to thank everyone who was able […]

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2023 Asbestos Focus Month Webinar Downloads

Posted on November 26, 2023

The AHCA & AIOH co-hosted a great event during Asbestos Focus Month around the challenges that are presented […]

Read the full story

AHCA June 2023 Networking Event

Posted on July 19, 2023

The AHCA’s latest June 2023 Networking Event is now online for those of you who were unable to […]

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AHCA April 2023 Meeting

Posted on May 4, 2023

Catch up on the latest news from AHCA and our guest speakers. This month we have Sam Giorgatzis […]

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Health Monitoring for Workers Carrying Asbestos Related Works

Published October 18, 2021

As a part of National Safety Month, AHCA provides the following reminder relating to the obligation of monitoring health for workers carrying out asbestos related works. This includes, but is not limited to Licenced Asbestos Assessors (LAAs).

  • How is your business managing the assessment of who is an asbestos-related worker?
  • How does your business manage, monitor and document health surveillance of workers?

LAAs are required to undertake health monitoring as per the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017. A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that health monitoring is provided to a worker carrying out work for the business or undertaking if the worker is carrying out asbestos-related work and is at risk of exposure to asbestos when carrying out the work.

Asbestos-related work is defined in the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017 as “work involving asbestos (other than asbestos removal work to which Part 8.7 applies) that is permitted under the exceptions set out in clause 419(3), (4) and (5)”. This includes sampling and identification of asbestos.


See the latest from the Annual General Meeting

Posted on April 28, 2024

The AHCA hosted the Annual General Meeting at LinQ Bar. We’d like to thank everyone who was able […]

Read the full story

2023 Asbestos Focus Month Webinar Downloads

Posted on November 26, 2023

The AHCA & AIOH co-hosted a great event during Asbestos Focus Month around the challenges that are presented […]

Read the full story

AHCA June 2023 Networking Event

Posted on July 19, 2023

The AHCA’s latest June 2023 Networking Event is now online for those of you who were unable to […]

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AHCA April 2023 Meeting

Posted on May 4, 2023

Catch up on the latest news from AHCA and our guest speakers. This month we have Sam Giorgatzis […]

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Catch up on our WA Guidelines Webinar

Published October 14, 2021

The Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Consultant’s Association (AHCA) recently hosted a webinar on “Western Australia Department of Health: Guidelines for the Assessment, Remediation and Management of Asbestos Contaminated Sites in Western Australia”.

Our guest speakers and topics of discussion included:

  • Pierina Otness, Senior Toxicologist, WA Department of Health
    The key changes / Regulator’s perspective
  • Peter Alderson, WA Accredited Contaminated Sites Auditor
    The Auditor’s perspective
  • Loek Munnichs, Principal and CEnvP SC
    The Practitioner’s perspective

Catch up on the video here:

You can also access the supporting documents from our speakers here:

AHCA Intro PDF
Auditor’s Perspective PDF
Practitioner’s Perspective PDF
Regulator’s Perspective PDF


See the latest from the Annual General Meeting

Posted on April 28, 2024

The AHCA hosted the Annual General Meeting at LinQ Bar. We’d like to thank everyone who was able […]

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2023 Asbestos Focus Month Webinar Downloads

Posted on November 26, 2023

The AHCA & AIOH co-hosted a great event during Asbestos Focus Month around the challenges that are presented […]

Read the full story

AHCA June 2023 Networking Event

Posted on July 19, 2023

The AHCA’s latest June 2023 Networking Event is now online for those of you who were unable to […]

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AHCA April 2023 Meeting

Posted on May 4, 2023

Catch up on the latest news from AHCA and our guest speakers. This month we have Sam Giorgatzis […]

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Catch up on our latest Asbestos Webinar

Published August 24, 2021

We were lucky enough to host two great speakers at our latest webinar, Laurent Fenouil from COHLABS TEM, and Carl Strautins from Safe Environments.

This was a great chance to learn about SEM, TEM & XRD Advanced Techniques and Interpretation of Results.

To read up on the presentations, click here:
Download the COHLABS Presentation
Download the Safe Environment Presentation

Watch the video below to learn more:


See the latest from the Annual General Meeting

Posted on April 28, 2024

The AHCA hosted the Annual General Meeting at LinQ Bar. We’d like to thank everyone who was able […]

Read the full story

2023 Asbestos Focus Month Webinar Downloads

Posted on November 26, 2023

The AHCA & AIOH co-hosted a great event during Asbestos Focus Month around the challenges that are presented […]

Read the full story

AHCA June 2023 Networking Event

Posted on July 19, 2023

The AHCA’s latest June 2023 Networking Event is now online for those of you who were unable to […]

Read the full story

AHCA April 2023 Meeting

Posted on May 4, 2023

Catch up on the latest news from AHCA and our guest speakers. This month we have Sam Giorgatzis […]

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AHCA Annual General Meeting

Published April 1, 2021

Catch up on our latest AGM with this video recording of the event. We’re announcing some new members in the Executive Committee, reviewing the financial status of the Association, and announcing some future events.

Read the AGM Minutes
See the AHCA 2019-2020 Financials
Read the AHCA President’s Report


See the latest from the Annual General Meeting

Posted on April 28, 2024

The AHCA hosted the Annual General Meeting at LinQ Bar. We’d like to thank everyone who was able […]

Read the full story

2023 Asbestos Focus Month Webinar Downloads

Posted on November 26, 2023

The AHCA & AIOH co-hosted a great event during Asbestos Focus Month around the challenges that are presented […]

Read the full story

AHCA June 2023 Networking Event

Posted on July 19, 2023

The AHCA’s latest June 2023 Networking Event is now online for those of you who were unable to […]

Read the full story

AHCA April 2023 Meeting

Posted on May 4, 2023

Catch up on the latest news from AHCA and our guest speakers. This month we have Sam Giorgatzis […]

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March Lead Webinar

Published March 11, 2021

A huge thank you to our special guests, Dr Julia Norris and Alan Ly, for joining us for our Lead Webinar. We discussed lead, exposure pathways, health effects, current Australian Guidelines, waste disposal / classifications, removal of lead, and approved industry practices.

We’ve uploaded the video to our Youtube page for anyone who wasn’t able to make it to our live event. Click through the video to see the timecodes for all our speakers.

To download a copy of these presentations, simply right click a select “Save as” on the following links:
AHCA Introduction
Occuhealth Presentation
EPA Presentation


See the latest from the Annual General Meeting

Posted on April 28, 2024

The AHCA hosted the Annual General Meeting at LinQ Bar. We’d like to thank everyone who was able […]

Read the full story

2023 Asbestos Focus Month Webinar Downloads

Posted on November 26, 2023

The AHCA & AIOH co-hosted a great event during Asbestos Focus Month around the challenges that are presented […]

Read the full story

AHCA June 2023 Networking Event

Posted on July 19, 2023

The AHCA’s latest June 2023 Networking Event is now online for those of you who were unable to […]

Read the full story

AHCA April 2023 Meeting

Posted on May 4, 2023

Catch up on the latest news from AHCA and our guest speakers. This month we have Sam Giorgatzis […]

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Catch up on our Lead Exposure Webinar

Published July 13, 2020

On July 2nd we were proud to host a webinar dealing with the exposures associated with working with lead. This was a great chance for our members to hear from some experts in the field and learn more about the challenges faced with this task.

We were happy to host Abe Lau (SafeWorkNSW) and Andrew Orfanos (AIOH), who both presented excellent insights into this field.

If you were unable to attend, we’ve posted the video on our Youtube account for you to catch up. Click below to watch the video now:


See the latest from the Annual General Meeting

Posted on April 28, 2024

The AHCA hosted the Annual General Meeting at LinQ Bar. We’d like to thank everyone who was able […]

Read the full story

2023 Asbestos Focus Month Webinar Downloads

Posted on November 26, 2023

The AHCA & AIOH co-hosted a great event during Asbestos Focus Month around the challenges that are presented […]

Read the full story

AHCA June 2023 Networking Event

Posted on July 19, 2023

The AHCA’s latest June 2023 Networking Event is now online for those of you who were unable to […]

Read the full story

AHCA April 2023 Meeting

Posted on May 4, 2023

Catch up on the latest news from AHCA and our guest speakers. This month we have Sam Giorgatzis […]

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Join us for our lead webinar

Published June 24, 2020

Join the AHCA to discuss exposure risks associated with lead paint and dust with special guests from SafeWork and the AIOH

Special guests:

Abe Lau – Principal Inspector – Hygiene and Toxicology at SafeWork NSW.

Andrew Orfanos – President of the AIOH.

We’d love to have you join us to learn more about the challenges associated with lead exposure.

AHCA members will receive free tickets upon emailing admin@ahca.org.au with request.

Non-members can purchase tickets via the link below.

All ticket holders will receive a link to the webinar prior to the event.


See the latest from the Annual General Meeting

Posted on April 28, 2024

The AHCA hosted the Annual General Meeting at LinQ Bar. We’d like to thank everyone who was able […]

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2023 Asbestos Focus Month Webinar Downloads

Posted on November 26, 2023

The AHCA & AIOH co-hosted a great event during Asbestos Focus Month around the challenges that are presented […]

Read the full story

AHCA June 2023 Networking Event

Posted on July 19, 2023

The AHCA’s latest June 2023 Networking Event is now online for those of you who were unable to […]

Read the full story

AHCA April 2023 Meeting

Posted on May 4, 2023

Catch up on the latest news from AHCA and our guest speakers. This month we have Sam Giorgatzis […]

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ASBINS Working Group

Published May 14, 2020

Dear Members and Associates,

Subsequent to the initial presentations from SafeWork NSW, NSW EPA and industry, the AHCA has formed the ASBINS Working Group, based on an expression of interest. The group started meeting regularly in early 2020, initially meeting every fortnight to gain momentum, with a guest observer in attendance from the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency.

Several key topics from industry have been drafted as focus points for the Working Group, including:

  • Use of vacuum trucks and associated guidance,
  • The appropriate reporting of asbestos in soils in a laboratory setting,
  • AF/FA and its relationship to remediation strategy and
  • A review of associated industry documents and position papers with the Draft ALGA ASBINS position paper being the starting point, which we encourage all members to read.

The first task undertaken by the Working Group was to provide feedback and comments on the revised Draft Western Australia Department of Health Guidelines (WA DOH) for Guidelines for the Assessment, Remediation and Management of Asbestos-Contaminated Sites (2020).

A comprehensive review was undertaken by the Working Group and the AHCA response was submitted on the 6th of March 2020, the outcomes of the public consultation process will be presented to members once available.

 


See the latest from the Annual General Meeting

Posted on April 28, 2024

The AHCA hosted the Annual General Meeting at LinQ Bar. We’d like to thank everyone who was able […]

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2023 Asbestos Focus Month Webinar Downloads

Posted on November 26, 2023

The AHCA & AIOH co-hosted a great event during Asbestos Focus Month around the challenges that are presented […]

Read the full story

AHCA June 2023 Networking Event

Posted on July 19, 2023

The AHCA’s latest June 2023 Networking Event is now online for those of you who were unable to […]

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AHCA April 2023 Meeting

Posted on May 4, 2023

Catch up on the latest news from AHCA and our guest speakers. This month we have Sam Giorgatzis […]

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Mental Health Check-In

Published May 5, 2020

The challenges we are all facing with COVID-19 are universal with every person in the world affected directly or indirectly. It’s a very sobering reminder how important looking after our health and the health of others both physically and psychosocial is.

As an industry we have been advocating for the health and safety of the Australian workforce and society for decades and during this time we can continue to advocate and help others navigate through the current challenges. We can’t eliminate the impacts on people of shutdowns but we can help to mitigate those impacts by looking after ourselves, our loved ones, our workplaces and leading by example.

It has been great to see that many of our business members are offering guidance on the physical hazards and how to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. I addition to those efforts the AHCA would like to highlight the importance of everyone’s (including your) mental health, as hundreds of thousands of people have quickly turned their homes into places to work with minimal interaction with colleagues, family, friends and nowhere to blow off steam it can be no surprise that peoples mental health is being effected.

If you haven’t already done so, we’d strongly encourage you to check in with your family, your colleagues and your clients.
 
Everyone please look after your health and wellbeing we’re in this together and remember none of us should be too proud to reach out.

Please keep safe and make sure you find a balance between contributing to your work and ‘being there’ for the most important people in your life. There’s simply nothing more important.

If you or someone you know needs help the following services are available:

 

Beyond Blue

The new Beyond Blue Corona Virus mental well-being support service is up and running. Beyond Blue has begun providing 24/7 mental health support, both online and by phone, delivered by mental health professionals (in conjunction with Medibank). It is providing information and advice around coping with COVID-19, isolation and connection, workplace and financial hardship, and how best to support the mental health of others.

https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au

Talk to a trained mental health professional any time of the day or night. Calls are confidential. They will listen, provide information and advice and point you in the right direction to seek further support.
Get in contact at 1300 22 46 36

 

Mates in Construction

MATES recognise the massive and rapid change to our everyday lives and work situations. This can have an impact on workers mental health and that of their families. MATES field officers are visiting construction sites, in accordance with site management and government advice, to hand out Fact Sheets and helpful advice with links to information about financial hardship, being out of work and mental health related issues.

Visit the website www.mates.org.au to download Fact Sheets and discover the other benefits offered.
Get in contact at 1300 642 111

 

Lifeline

24-hour crisis support telephone service. Lifeline provides 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Get in contact at 131 114

 

Kids Helpline

A telephone counselling support line for children and young people ages 5 to 25 and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Get in contact at 1800 551 800

 

NSW Mental Health Line

A mental health professional will answer your call about mental health concerns for you or someone you are concerned about, including children, teens, adults and older people.
Get in contact at 1800 011 511

 

Suicide Call Back Service

National services that provides free 24/7 phone, video and online professional counselling to people who are affected by suicide.
Get in contact at 1300 659 467


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AHCA Bushfire Remediation Roundup

Published April 29, 2020

The Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Consultants Association (AHCA) hosted a Breakfast Seminar on Wednesday, 26th February 2020. The guest speakers included:

Steve NikolovskiState Inspector (Asbestos & Demolition) – SafeWork NSW,
Jill GallagherAsbestos Coordination Manager – NSW EPA
Rhian ToughSenior Officer, Fire Operations and Recovery – NSW EPA.

 

Special Thanks

A big thanks to 3M for sponsoring the night, we appreciate their help alongside such an important goal for Australia. You can see the presentation they gave on the night, and learn more about the new Construction Respirator Kit they have available now.

 

About the Breakfast

In the devastating aftermath of Australia’s bushfires, lives and livelihoods were destroyed. As the clean-up commences, the potential for asbestos to be present within the bushfire effected properties is a big concern.

This poses a risk to home-owners, public and remediators engaged to clean-up the sites.

The NSW Government through Public Works Advisory (PWA) has taken on the mammoth task of recovery clean-up works of all registered fire damaged properties across NSW.

Additionally the NSW Government has engaged Laing O’Rourke as the Managing Contractor to oversee the first phase of recovery clean-up works who will be working with local subcontractors and reginal small business across NSW to deliver the clean-up process.

Laing O’Rourke’s with PWA shall undertake the following services:

  • Identify and register bushfire affected properties via Service NSW;
  • Conduct an assessment including the size/scale of the clean-up. This will also include Laing O’Rourke directly engaging consultancies to conduct asbestos identification works, asbestos investigation works and provide scope of works documentations;
  •  Laing O’Rourke will then contact owners of the properties to discuss insurances and items which may be salvageable or require to be disposed of;
  •  And finally the disposal work across NSW which will involve consultancies overseeing the asbestos removal works, conduct asbestos fibre air monitoring and complete asbestos visual clearances relating to the clean-up of properties.

The expected scheduled works for all remediation is to be completed is 30th June 2020.

Should AHCA members be interested in being part of the bushfire clean-up project Laing O’Rourke has requested that register their interest via the ICN Gateway portal.

Each speaker emphasised the need for all involved to be empathetic and calm towards communities as they are in a state of trauma.

To assist affected communities, different forms of communication is underway to community members about the hazards and risks associated with their fire damaged properties. For example, NSW Government initiated community engagement meetings have been held, each with significant attendance. Supporting documentation including over 180 different fact sheets for homeowners, to minimise confusion and help them develop an understanding of what is required and the hazards involved.

Steve Nikolovski (WorkSafe NSW) discussed the importance of distinguishing friable and non-friable fire affected properties as well as best practice in the removal of hazardous materials such as asbestos. Steve presented a checklist for consultancies conducting the remediation works which includes a Licenced Asbestos Assessor (LAA) checklist as well as a Friable and Non-Friable Asbestos Checklist.

Steve discussed that SafeWork NSW has waived the five (5) day notification period to undertake bushfire related friable asbestos works. The Licenced Asbestos Removal Contractor (LARC) simply needs to input in the notification application “Bushfire affected property”. He also advised that SafeWork NSW was to designate a site supervisor to specific areas “packages” that would oversee asbestos remediation works.

Jill Gallagher (NSW EPA) informed everyone that the NSW Government has established recovery centres across NSW with EPA representatives, building impact assessment teams and SafeWork NSW representatives available to answer communities’ questions and concerns.

Rhian Tough (NSW EPA) discussed that impact assessments would be conducted by the Rural Fire Service (RFS) which would populate how many bushfire affected properties to date.

A building impact assessment team compromising of LAA’s, RFS, Fire Services, EPA and SafeWork NSW would assess the properties and then next steps would be remediation.


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Bushfire Remediation Breakfast

Published February 13, 2020

Please join the AHCA executive committee for a breakfast meeting to discuss the challenges and requirements around the remediation of bushfire impacted properties.

When
Wed, February 26, 2020
7:30 AM – 9:30 AM AEDT

Where
DOOLEYS Lidcombe Catholic Club
11-17 Church Street
Lidcombe, NSW 2141

Special guests
Steve Nikolovski, State Inspector, Asbestos and Demolition Services – SafeWork NSW
Jill Gallagher, Manager Asbestos Coordination – NSW EPA

AHCA Full Individual Members are free
email admin@ahca.org.au to claim your ticket.

Non-members tickets available for $55 inc GST and can be purchased via the link.

 


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Upcoming OHMS Training Courses

Published January 31, 2020

OHMS Training has a great opportunity for continuous professional development through their IP 402 Asbestos Surveying course

IP402 Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Buildings – now online.

Wednesday 3rd – Friday 5th June 2020

AT OHMS Training, we are committed to continuing to deliver our high-quality courses during these unprecedented times. We have now been approved to deliver the IP402 remotely, enabling students to receive the same professional level of learning as they would in the classroom.

Course Aims

To provide candidates with background and practical knowledge in the surveying of buildings for asbestos and to provide general guidance on management procedures necessary to minimise exposure to any identified asbestos.

Why Should You Attend?

  • Delivered by industry experts and lead by our own Certified Occupational Hygienist with over 30 years of experience in occupational, analytical and environmental chemistry, a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Chemistry with a post graduate degree in Occupational Hygiene and a PhD in Geochemistry. You are learning from the very best in their field.
  • Meet and network with other like-minded professionals and learn from each other’s experiences
  • Strengthen your existing qualifications and experience with an international proficiency accreditation from the BOHS – a globally renowned industry authority.
  • This BOHS course is unique in its content and delivery.

Course Outcomes

  • Have a clear understanding of the requirements relating to safe management of asbestos in buildings and be able to communicate appropriately with colleagues and clients.
  • Be able to describe the uses of asbestos in buildings and the public health risk these might pose. Candidates must understand the principles of and requirements for asbestos surveys.
  • Understand the risk assessment and risk management strategies and their role in reducing health risks.
  • Have a detailed knowledge of the approved methods for sampling of bulk asbestos along with the situations where segregation may be required.

In addition,

  • Candidates must have a good understanding of suitable PPE/RPE to be used and the methods for personal decontamination.
  • Understand how to carry out surveys to identify the presence of asbestos and its type in different locations including:
    – understanding of buildings and their structures;
    – surveying and sampling techniques;
    – safety requirements for surveying;
    – post survey evaluation.

On successful completion of the IP402 course the candidate will obtain an international proficiency certificate from the BOHS in Surveying and Sampling for Asbestos in Buildings.

Don’t let this opportunity for online learning pass you by. To find out more call us on 0468 553 696 to reserve your place. Click here for further course information.


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December Asbestos in Soils Forum

Published January 29, 2020

It was a great turn-out at the Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Consultants Association (AHCA) asbestos in soils forum in December  2019. A big thank you to our guest speakers Kimberley Femia, Richard Wilkinson and Kris Thomas who gave us important insights into the requirements around the assessment of soil potentially contaminated with asbestos as well as the methods around asbestos in soils analysis.

You can read through the whole presentation here.

If you would like to become a member of the AHCA (Business Memberships/Individual Memberships available) and strive towards best practice through consultation and knowledge sharing, learn more about our different offerings here.


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AHCA December Forum

Published December 3, 2019

Join us December 10th, 6pm – 8pm, to hear from some of the industry leaders on how to deal with the requirements around the assessment of soil potentially contaminated with asbestos. This will be another great night where members can enrich their knowledge on another crucial aspect of our industry, and network with other members.

Our Guest Speakers
Kim Femia
– EDP Consultants – Senior HSE Consultant / Team Manager
Richard Wilkinson – Coffey – National NATA Accreditation Manager
Kris Thomas – EP Risk Management – Managing Director

This is a free event to AHCA members. Non-members are welcome to attend for a fee of $20 payable at the door. Refreshments will be provided.


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Catch up on our Asbestos in Soils Forum presentations

Published October 2, 2019

A big thank you to the over 100 of you who were able to join us for our Asbestos in Soils forum. We featured keynotes from Jill Gallagher (complexities of working with multiple stakeholders), Hamish Campbell (expectations the NSW EPA have for consultants reporting on ‘Asbestos in Soils’ under the Contaminated Land Management framework) and Alan Ly (expectations of the NSW EPA in relation to ‘Asbestos in Soils’ under the waste framework).

If you were unable to attend, we’ve made the powerpoint slides from the night available for you to read through. Simply click here to download the document as a PDF.


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AHCA Asbestos in Soils Forum | Second General Meeting

Published September 30, 2019

What a whirlwind start to the AHCA!

With the First General Meeting kicking off on 16 July 2019 with special Guest Jason Wall, SafeWork NSW presenting a keynote speech about SafeWork’s stance on asbestos in soil, the AHCA continued the conversation on 23 September 2019 by delivering the second part of the ‘Asbestos in Soils’ forum with Special Guest speakers from the EPA; Jill Gallagher (Manager Asbestos Coordination), Hamish Campbell (Senior Operations Officer, Contaminated Land Management) and Alan Ly (Senior Project Officer – Waste Strategy & Innovation) all delivering presentations covering EPA’s stance on ‘Asbestos in Soils’.

The Second General Meeting attracted over 100 attendees which again, is a testament to the need for such an association within our industry. Attendees included; consultancies, government agencies, local councils, laboratories, civil, construction and demolition contractors.

EPA Presenter Overview:

Jill Gallagher – presented on the complexities of working with multiple stakeholders from a National and State context and concluded with the following areas of interest to the EPA on a national and state stage:

  • Community outcomes;
  • State Asbestos Plans;
  • Behaviour change campaign; and
  • Aboriginal communities make-safe program.

Hamish Campbell – presented on the expectations the NSW EPA have for consultants reporting on ‘Asbestos in Soils’ under the Contaminated Land Management framework. Key points highlighted by Hamish are as follows:

  • Utilise the experience of both Licenced Asbestos Assessors and Environmental Land Contamination Engineers;
  • Understand the source;
  • Develop a conceptual site model;
  • Develop a sampling analysis and quality plan; and
  • Interpretation of results.

Alan Ly – presented on the expectations of the NSW EPA in relation to ‘Asbestos in Soils’ under the waste framework. Key points highlighted by Alan are as follows:

  • Consultants must clarify if the activity to be undertaken is considered onsite (contaminated land) or offsite (waste) remediation. Which will then inform which legislative framework must be utilised; and
  • Understand when segregation of asbestos waste is applicable and the framework that must be followed.

A big thank you from the Executive Committee of the AHCA to NSW EPA and the special guest speaker; Jill Gallagher, Hamish Campbell and Alan Ly for presenting and providing an informative look at what the NSW EPA expect in relation to ‘Asbestos in Soils’ in NSW. Please refer to the PowerPoint presentations which the NSW EPA presented on the night for additional information.

 

Expression of Interest: Asbestos in Soils Driving Committee.

The AHCA Executive Committee is looking for expressions of interest for the ‘Asbestos in Soils’ driving committee. If you feel that you would like to be a part of this committee and help drive ‘Asbestos in Soils’ management in the industry please apply.

Click here to fill out your Expression of Interest.

 

AHCA – Members Survey

The AHCA Executive Committee requests that you take 5 minutes to complete the online survey and allow the AHCA to focus on and further assist in our members professional development.

Click here to fill out our survey.


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September News & Industry Updates

Published September 13, 2019

AHCA – Asbestos in Soils forum

The AHCA is hosting the Asbestos in Soils Forum on Tuesday 24 September 2019. The NSW EPA has kindly offered to present on the evening. This includes:

Jill Gallagher – Manager Asbestos Coordination;
Alan Ly – Senior Project Officer – Waste Strategy & Innovation; and
Hamish Campbell – Senior Operations Officer, Contaminated Land Management.

This is a free event and tickets are limited so register today. We look forward to seeing you on the night.

 

Membership Update

Following receipt of your valued feedback we have updated the Benefits List for Individual Members and provided more clarity around Business Memberships. In respect to Business Memberships two categories, Corporate and Non-Corporate Memberships, have been created for applicants to consider with corporate memberships broken down further to consultancy and non-consultancy business.

Corporate Membership

If you represent an asbestos and hazardous materials consultancy, we encourage you to consider a Business Membership (Consultancy Only).  If you represent an organisation outside of an asbestos and hazardous materials consultancy practice, then we encourage you to consider a Business Membership (Non-Consultancy). If you represent a Government Department, Not-for-Profit Organisation, Association or Charity, then we encourage you to consider a Non-Corporate Membership.

 The AHCA has decided that each business member will gain two free individual memberships subject to normal vetting processes. In addition, employee’s and consultants of business members will have their joining fee waived.

We encourage you all to join the AHCA today.

 

Congratulations to New Members

A huge congratulations to the following new members

Business Members (Consultancy)
EDP Consultants
EP Risk Management
OHMS Group
Progressive Risk Management
Property Risk Australia

Business Members (Non-Consultancy)
Allens Industrial Products
Envirolab Services

Full Individual Members
Cassandra Fernandez
Fraser Elder
Jason North
John Batty
Leroy (Lee) Brown
Mark Reggers
Nigel Johnson
Paul Paciullo
Peggy Trompf
Scott Bamford
Simon Butterfield
Stephanie Hall

 

Updated NSW Codes of Practice

SafeWork NSW has updated their Codes of Practice to align with the model Codes of Practice which had amendments of a technical and readability nature. The updated Codes are available on the SafeWork NSW website. A total of 23 Codes have been updated which include:

1.       How to manage and control asbestos in the workplace
2.       How to safety remove asbestos
3.       Demolition work
4.       How to manage work health and safety risks

Ensure you review these documents and communicate to your peers the updates.

SafeWork NSW – Asbestos Clearance Inspections

SafeWork NSW has recently sent a reminder to all licensed asbestos assessors and licensed asbestos removal contractors in relation to their obligations to ensure asbestos clearance inspections are carried out properly.

A brief summary of these obligations include, but not limited to:

  • Clearances to be undertaken by an independent competent person or an independent licensed asbestos assessor not involved in the asbestos removal works;
  • the assessor shall be satisfied that asbestos is not visible in the removal area or its immediate surrounds and clearly stating within the clearance;
  • The clearance shall be issued before the area is re-occupied or before any further demolition or refurbishment work takes place.

For more detail: refer to Section 3.10 of the recently released August 2019 How to Safely Remove Asbestos, Code of Practice along with clause 474 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017.

Blood Lead Levels

Amendments were made to the WHS Regulation on 1 July 2019. Some of these relate to blood lead levels, with a two-year transitional period to comply with the new requirements. Lead-related amendments involve:

  • changes to the definition of lead risk work
  • the frequency with which a PCBU must conduct biological monitoring of workers who carry out lead risk work
  • reduction in blood lead levels for the immediate removal of workers from carrying out lead risk work
  • thresholds at which a PCBU may allow a worker to return to lead risk work
  • these requirements are subject to a two year transitional period from 1 July 2019 to 1 July 2021 (Exemption 006/19, gazetted 28 June 2019): https://gazette.legislation.nsw.gov.au/so/download.w3p?id=Gazette_2019_2019-67.pdf

The reduction in the lead in blood levels goes hand in hand with the reduction in the Workplace Exposure Standard in April 2018  from 0.15mg/m3 to 0.05mg/m3. These are significant reductions and should be taken seriously. In order to transition across to the new biological blood lead levels, there needs to strong focus on increasing the controls on the ground. This needs to backed up with exposure monitoring by measuring the airborne lead levels when conducting lead risk work.

The onus on the PCBU to protect workers health should be the number one focus. https://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/notify-safework/lead-notifications


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Jason Wall’s keynote speech

Published August 5, 2019

Special Guest Jason Wall, SafeWork NSW presented a keynote speech about the regulators’ stance on asbestos in soil to an audience of 105 at the Lend Lease/IBM office in West Pennant Hills on 16 July 2019.

Those in attendance included representatives of 3M, AECOM, Aurecon, Ausgrid, Coffey, EDP Consultants, EHO Consulting, EI Australia, Envirolab, Enviropacific, EP Risk Management Pty Ltd, GreenCap, GreenPlus Property Services, Hibbs & Associates Pty Ltd, Hygiene Risk Australia, Industrial Health Matters, Integrated environmental, ITGA, JMB, Jim’s Building Inspections Wyong, Lend Lease, NATA, Practical Environment Solutions, Prensa, Progressive Risk Management, Property Risk Australia, Ramboll, Rare environmental, RiskTech, Safe Environments, Safe Work and Environments, SafeWork NSW, Southern Asbestos Consultancy, Sydney Trains and WSP Australia


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AHCA is live!

Published July 29, 2019

AHCA opening night

After months of behind the scenes activities the Asbestos & Hazardous Materials Consultants Association (AHCA) is finally out there! Now it is up to you to join and get involved!

A big thank you from the Executive Committee to SafeWork NSW and Jason Wall for being our first presenter, providing an informative look at what SafeWork NSW expect around reporting on Asbestos in Soil in NSW. Please refer to the Summary and Video below.

In addition, the Executive Committee would like to extend our thanks to Lend Lease for providing an excellent venue to launch a new association.

As mentioned in earlier posts via our LinkedIn company page, 105 attendees made it out on a cold Tuesday night, which is a phenomenal result taking into consideration any advertising was via word of mouth and LinkedIn. We hope this a testament to the need for such an association within our industry and the community at large.

To mention a few of those companies represented on the night included:

3M, AECOM, Aurecon, Ausgrid, Coffey, EDP Consultants, EHO Consulting, EI Australia, Envirolab, Enviropacific, EP Risk Management Pty Ltd, GreenCap, GreenPlus Property Services, Hibbs & Associates Pty Ltd, Hygiene Risk Australia, Industrial Health Matters, Integrated environmental, ITGA, JMB, Jim’s Building Inspections Wyong, Lend Lease, NATA, Practical Environment Solutions, Prensa, Progressive Risk Management, Property Risk Australia, Ramboll, Rare environmental, RiskTech, Safe Environments, Safe Work and Environments, SafeWork NSW, Southern Asbestos Consultancy, Sydney Trains and WSP Australia we thank you all for your commitment!

Event Feedback

If you have been to the LinkedIn Company page, you would be aware that following the event the AHCA has received some amazing feedback including;

“Well done on a successful launch event.  SafeWork NSW looks forward to a productive relationship in supporting AHCA as you progress the work in this important area”
Laurence Richey (SafeWork NSW)

“Great turnout for the first Asbestos & Hazardous Materials Consultants Association meeting. Great presentation from Jason Wall from SafeWork NSW around Asbestos in Soils. Looking forward seeing this new association grow!”
Mark Reggers (3M)

“Well done to all involved. I look forward to the association working closely with SafeWork to improve asbestos and hazardous substance management and safety. I look forward to attending the upcoming meetings”
Steven Nikolovski (SafeWork NSW)

“Great Launch AHCA. Well done. The voice of Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Consultants is now well represented in the Industry. Will spread the good news in the West 👍”
Daniel Morgan (Coffey)

“Well done for your efforts in driving this gents and Peggy. We have all needed this for a long time – it will be an invaluable association and you can count on us for support.”
James Breslin (JMB)

Since the night, we are very happy to report that we have received your questions and welcomed new members, please ensure you visit the website to submit your questions and become a member to become involved and have your voice heard!

Once again thank you to Fraser Elder, John Batty, Leroy (Lee) Brown, Nigel Johnson, Jason North, Simon Butterfield and Peggy Trompf for all of your time, effort, expense and considerable expertise without whom this important step in our industry would not have been made possible. Thank you to Graham Estreich for the photography and video on the night, his expertise and time post event is greatly appreciated. We’ll be sharing some of his photos from the night soon. Thank you also to Dave and his team at Ramen Studio.

Hope to see you all at the next event!


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