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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Health and Safety Executive’s approach to asbestos management

Work and Pensions Committee
Health and Safety Executive’s approach to asbestos management

Wednesday 15 December 2021

Start times: 9.00am (private) 9.15am (public)


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The hearing will explore the latest evidence on the risks posed by asbestos in public buildings and the workplace. It will also examine the effectiveness of current regulations and views on HSE’s approach to mitigating the risks.

The Committee raised concerns last year with the Government about the UK’s policy on managing asbestos in buildings, following the publication of a report by think tank Respublica. In response, the Minister for Employment confirmed that the HSE would be reviewing the effectiveness of the regulations for managing asbestos.

In the first evidence session, the Committee questioned safety campaigners, representatives from charities and from support groups. The Committee also heard from French, German and Dutch experts in asbestos management.

Witnesses

Wednesday 15 December 

Panel 1, from 9:15am

  • Prof. Julian Peto, Professor of Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Clare Gilham, Assistant Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Prof. John Cherrie, Emeritus Professor of Human Health, Heriot Watt University
  • Prof. Kevin Bampton, Chief Executive Officer, British Occupational Hygiene Society, and the Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management.

Panel 2

  • Darren Evans, Management Committee Member, Asbestos Testing and Consulting Association and Asbestos Removal Contractors Association
  • Ruth Wilkinson, Head of Health and Safety (Policy and Operations), Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
  • Graham O’Mahony, Chair, UK Asbestos Training Association

Meeting details

At 9.15am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Health and Safety Executive’s approach to asbestos management
Professor of Epidemiology at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Assistant Professor at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Emeritus Professor of Human Health at Heriot Watt University
Chief Executive Officer at British Occupational Hygiene Society and the Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management
At 10.15am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Health and Safety Executive’s approach to asbestos management
Management Committee Member at Asbestos Testing and Consulting, Asbestos Removal Contractors Association
Head of Health and Safety (Policy and Operations) at Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
Chair at UK Asbestos Training Association

Location

Room 16, Palace of Westminster

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