CCF Online Masterclass: Managing Asbestos in Construction

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDUALED TO A NEW DATE: Due to the recent announcement that the Building and Construction Industry will be reopening from 5 October 2021, we have decided to move the Asbestos Masterclass to a new date of Thursday 21 October 2021. We understand that this is an extremely busy time for members and industry as they prepare to reopen, and we want to ensure that everyone will have the opportunity to attend this essential and valuable industry event. While we are waiting on confirmation around the time, we anticipate this will run this as a "Lunch bite" seminar, however we will keep attendees notified. If you are registered, please save the date, and if you haven’t registered yet, please make sure you do to not miss this vital industry forum.

Asbestos continues to be an issue for workers and the public long after its banning in at the end of 2003. For civil works, asbestos is often buried and not easily identified. Workers and employers must consider the presence of asbestos during the planning and execution of their works.

Cameron Ellis from WorkSafe Victoria will discuss regulatory obligations. Darren Cordy and Malcolm Fabiny from Greencap will discuss some of the activities where asbestos is likely to be encountered, what it might look like and some steps that could be taken to anticipate the presence and avoid an unexpected find. Darren will also briefly discuss the recent changes in the EPA classification of waste.

Also speaking will be Lizz Clarke, Support Network Coordinator for ‘Reflections’ and registered nurse, who is well-practised in guiding difficult conversations and offering a positive, practical approach to support people touched by asbestos.

Guest Speakers:

Cameron Ellis – WorkSafe Victoria

Cameron Ellis from WorkSafe Victoria will discuss regulatory obligations that you must be aware of when working on site and handling with asbestos.

Darren Cordy – Practice Manager, Contaminated Land Management – Greencap

Darren has been working in the environmental consulting industry for over 16 years specialising in project managing environmental assessments, including those for environmental audit, within the contaminated land field across Australia.

Darren’s project experience includes soil and groundwater assessments, soil and groundwater remediation, hydrogeology assessments, clean-up to the extent practicable reports, acid sulfate assessments, assessments for groundwater quality restricted use zone applications, peer review of environmental site assessment reports, project management, regulatory and community liaison, risk assessment, and asbestos in soil assessments.

Malcolm Fabiny – Practice Manager, Muddy Boots Asbestos Training – Greencap

Malcolm has worked for Greencap since 1988, and now holds the position of Principal Consultant / Practice Manager – Muddy Boots Asbestos Training

It was during the infancy of the asbestos removal industry Malcolm began working prior to the development of current industry codes of practices and modern regulations. He has managed several large property portfolio asbestos audit programs and complex asbestos-related demolition and refurbishment projects. Malcolm’s experience includes the development of safe work procedures, health and safety risk assessments, project-based site supervision, asbestos removal scopes of work, site safety audits and asbestos management plans.

Malcolm continues to practice hands-on with Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Audits, air monitoring and clearance inspections. One of Malcolm’s skills is to draw on his wealth of experience to assist in identifying client needs, customise reports, and preparing and delivering relevant customer-focused training.

Jo Morris – Director, Reflections

Co-founder and Director, Jo Morris is the driving force behind Reflections, a not-for-profit organisation reducing the impact of asbestos on the community. Jo’s passion for the cause was shared with her father, Barry Knowles, who passed away from mesothelioma in December 2016.

Jo proudly carries on his legacy by providing support for those impacted by asbestos as well as advocating and educating to increase awareness of the ongoing risks. She has been instrumental in introducing mandatory training for trainees entering the building and construction industry, establishing Reflections’ flagship event, Steeltoes & Stilettos, and building an enviable care program for people affected by asbestos-related disease.

When she is not working on this worthy cause, Jo works alongside her husband as a building designer for their owner-operated design company, Design Synergy.