NEWS: BOHS launches faculty for asbestos professionals

The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) celebrated the launch last night of the first faculty in the UK for asbestos professionals.

Martin Stear, Registrar of the new Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management (FAAM), introducing the network, said: “Anybody can call themselves an asbestos expert – they may well be but they can’t define themselves.”

 “We shouldn’t be in 2017 telling people to do their own due diligence in trying to find an asbestos consultant – the industry should be able to define what we call an asbestos professional or an asbestos consultant,” he said.

"We’ve been assessing exposure to asbestos for nearly 100 years. We have all the tools at our disposal today – we have thousands of people out there who offer asbestos advice but they don’t have a home, they don’t have a place they can say ‘this defines me as a professional’," he continued.

The purpose of FAAM will be to reassure those looking for help with asbestos issues they are able to employ a competent person to do the job. For its member professionals the affiliation will serve as recognition of their expertise.

FAAM will "promote asbestos expertise as a profession and provide guidance and advice": Martin Stear, FAAM registrar

Membership of FAAM will give entitlement to FAAM’s post-nominal letters to illustrate competence. It will also function as a professional network where best practice can be created and news and developments shared.

The official launch of FAAM took place at an evening reception at the Conrad Hotel in Westminster on the 11 October.

Other speakers included David Fishwick, chief medical advisor HSE and Mavis Nye, the first UK patient to claim remission from mesothelioma.

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