Below is The Contamination Series 2017 schedule – Line-up for 2018 will be released soon...
Keynote Theatre Hall 2
Wednesday 27th September
Thursday 28th September
11.00 - 11.30
Dr. Yvonne Waterman
What has asbestos meant for the development of industry: past, present and future?
11.45 - 12.15
Prof. Russell Thomas
Tars is a common contaminant found at former coking works, gasworks, brickworks and chemical works. Our research has shown that tars can have significantly different chemical compositions, reflected through the PAH content to some extent but much more through the composition of those other groups of compounds we don’t typically analyse, such as alkyl PAH and heterocycles This presentation will describe the depth of our work its application to forensic source apportionment and how this information can be used to aid both the understanding of risks from coal tar and aid its remediation.
12.30 - 13.00
Matthew Farrow, Executive Director
With the Brexit negotiations now under way and the Grenfell Tower fire leading to a reassessment of regulatory strength across the built environment the future shape of the environmental regulatory landscape is more fluid than ever. Matthew will identify the main issues and trends that will affect future regulations and how these might impact on the contamination industry
13.15 - 13.45
Dr. Frank Kleissen
Modelling plays an important role in assessing effects of spills, such as oil and chemical spills, not only short term but also long term. The presentation will discuss what is needed to be able to use these models within assessments (for planning/permits etc) and how can they be used for short term operational forecasting. The presentation will address model setup/validation/calibration/accuracy, data requirements and how these model systems can be used to deliver the information that is needed.
14.00 - 14.30
This presentation explains how the Contractor on one of the UK’s largest remediation projects (the former Avenue coking works and chemical plant) was successful in building excellent relationships with a number of stakeholders each having differing interests in the delivery of the project.
14.45 - 15.15
Sam Corp, Head of Regulation
Waste crime costs England over £600 million each year and causes significant damage to the environment and communities. This seminar will examine how stakeholders can collaborate to help tackle waste crime. Focussing on the importance of raising awareness and complying with the waste ‘Duty of Care’ to cut off the supply of waste to criminals and to ensure that businesses are not liable for their waste ending up in the wrong place.
15.30 - 16.00
Gary will discuss how innovations in state-of-the-art invasive weed control membranes help to prevent the growth of invasive & aggressive weeds such as Japanese Knotweed and Hogweed while maintaining the natural bio-diversity of the soil in any alkaline or acidic conditions.
16.15 - 16.45
Clients have the legal responsibility to ensure they appoint competent contractors. Is the contractor a member of “an established professional institution or body” and “do these bodies have arrangements in place which provide some reassurance that health and safety is part of the route to membership of their profession”? [Guidance on CDM 2015 HSE ref 153] This seminar will discuss legal requirements and how ARCA provides a system of reassurance.