Martin Stear

WES Ltd / BOHS

Martin is a Chartered Occupational Hygienist, with over 30 years’ experience. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene and current Registrar of the Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management (FAAM). He spent 10 years in consultancy, gaining extensive experience of measurement and assessment, before joining HSE in 1993. As a Principal Specialist Inspector, he headed the Organic Chemicals and Asbestos section, developing national risk management strategies aimed at reducing risks to health in various sectors. With regards to asbestos, he provided technical expertise to all parts of HSE, other government departments and ministers, as well as sitting on various expert committees. He provided expertise to the development of legislation and authored guidance documents. He left HSE in 2004 to set up an independent consultancy, advising companies on all aspects of asbestos and acts as an expert with regard to criminal prosecutions, civil litigation and personal injury claims.

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Asbestos Competency in the 21st Century – Assessing and Managing Risk the right way

Asbestos-containing materials are still present in many buildings but worse than this, the remnants of poor previous asbestos removal work also remains. This has resulted from poor removal practice but also from negligent practice by so called asbestos professionals. On the flip side, there are buildings where no remnants remain as works were competently completed but over-zealous asbestos consultants look for problems where they don’t exist. It is a time that the UK rids itself of incompetent asbestos practice.

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