The Tracker team visited the Contamination Expo in Birmingham for the exhibition and conference on the 12th and 13th September. Two of the biggest days of the year for the European Contaminated Waste Industry, the air was buzzing with the latest compliance, regulation and innovation topics. Here are some of our top takeaways from the event from speaking with exhibitors, attending seminars and meeting with industry participants to discuss Tracker’s latest Mobile Application for Asbestos Management.
1. Competency in the Asbestos Industry
Confidence in workforce competency is absolutely crucial when working with hazardous materials, not only to reassure that business operations are being undertaken correctly and safely but also to reassure clients of job satisfaction during Asbestos Removals. Regular training is the solution to ensuring a competent workforce but there still remains an issue of certification expiry and training renewals being overlooked.
2. Managing the Risks of Working with Asbestos
Asbestos is a well known hazardous material that has the potential to cause serious, and often fatal diseases to individuals working in close proximately with the substance. More than 2,600 people in the UK are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year and despite being a rare cancer, it is becoming more common. Now, more than ever, the risks need to be mitigated with exposure hours monitored in closer detail for those working in asbestos abatement and removal.
3. Waste Crime and Inappropriate Disposal of Hazardous Materials
Waste crime remains a major problem in the UK with heavy fines to those held responsible. This may be down to breaches of permits, misclassification of waste, fly-tipping and more. With both employees and outside contractors working on an Asbestos Removal site it is your businesses responsibility to ensure hazardous waste is correctly packaged, labelled and disposed of.
The issues highlighted from the event may seem problematic, but we were pleased to hear these are all issues that Tracker can help address. With Tracker’s real-time alerts and notifications, the chance of missing training and certification renewals is minimised by logging exposure hours in the field, data is up-to-the-minute and much more accurate than alternative methods meaning action can be taken faster. With the additional benefit of having your records digitised at source, record storage becomes easy. Recalling information becomes quick and painless, search for an individuals exposure records alongside their mask register and site diary takes seconds, rather than hours searching through numerous box files of paper records in the hope they were filled correctly years ago.
To find out more ways in which Tracker can mitigate risk and promote best practice for Asbestos Management, visit https://tracker-service.com/solutions/asbestos-waste or contact us today for a demonstration.