The official  launch of the British Occupational Hygiene Society’s (BOHS’) new Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management (FAAM) took place yesterday in Westminster, London.

The event was very well attended, and the invited audience was able to learn more about this new association for professionals in the asbestos industry, and also hear from a panel of prestigious speakers which included:

  • Craig Barker: Asbestos Manager for Marks & Spencer Property
  • David Fishwick: Consultant NHS Respiratory Physician, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals; Chief Medical Advisor, HSE
  • Mavis Nye: President of the Mavis Nye Foundation (and sufferer of Mesothelioma)
  • Martin Stear: Chartered Occupational Hygienist, and Registrar of FAAM

Speaking at the event, Karen Bufton, President of BOHS said “I’m delighted at the level of interest shown so far in this important new faculty, and to be involved in its launch today.  There is wide acceptance that there remains a compelling need to improve standards of professional competence in many areas of the asbestos industry, which is why FAAM‘s vision is so critical. BOHS is ideally positioned to champion this  area  –  the Society has  been providing international leadership on protection against asbestos since the 1960s, and continues to pioneer excellence in standards’ setting in the field of asbestos.”

Martin Stear, Registrar of FAAM explained more about the new Faculty: “FAAM will herald a fresh phase of focusing on raising standards and competency in the asbestos industry.  FAAM’s vision is to establish, develop and maintain standards of competence in asbestos assessment and management practice for its members, and act as the guardian of professional standards and ethics in the profession of asbestos assessment and management.”

Karen commented: “I’ve heard so many people talking at this  evening’s event about what an exciting time this is for the asbestos profession, now that there is a unique new association for the industry – and how they’re looking forward to seeing a focus on raising standards of competency. It’s brilliant to hear such positive endorsemenst and feedback.”

Karen concluded: “There is a wide realisation – by both the public and professionals in the asbestos industry – of the ongoing health issues caused by asbestos, and the continuing need to raise awareness and take action.  It’s a concerning fact to understand that Asbestos still kills around 5000 workers each year. So if you’re interested in raising standards and reducing risks in the asbestos profession, I would urge you to become part of the FAAM community.”

Following the launch event, membership of FAAM is now open – and we’re already busy processing applications. You can find out more about how to join FAAM here.