The import, manufacture and use of asbestos has been banned throughout Australia since December 2003. However, asbestos products had been used extensively in Western Australia for over 60 years before that – most commonly as flat or corrugated asbestos cement sheeting in buildings and/or fencing.
The tragedy of Wittenoom put WA on the world’s asbestos map. Once the only supplier of blue asbestos in Australia, the mine was shut down in December 1966 due to unprofitability, rather than the growing health concerns from asbestos mining.
It can cause many respiratory diseases including mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural plaques as well as other diseases. Asbestos related diseases characteristically develop over a long period of time. The first symptoms may not appear for anything from 10-60 years from first exposure. Experts believe the number of people diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases will not peak until the 2020’s.
This presentation by Dr Laurie Glossop will examine the history of Wittenoom, how the world views Wittenoom and why it is so notorious but tragic. Part of the presentation will discuss air sampling techniques employed at the mine, what was done with the results, health outcomes as well as post-closure events and legacy issues. Many high-profile people have been involved with the story of Wittenoom.
Dr Laurie Glossop has nearly 40 years’ experience in the occupational hygiene field. He is a Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH), Fellow of the AIOH and in 2018 received the Pam de Silva Award, the AIOH’s highest honour for demonstrated commitment to the principles of leadership and scientific integrity in the field of occupational hygiene. Laurie has a strong background in science, studying chemistry, physics, mathematics and geology at UWA and finishing with a PhD in physical chemistry. He has worked on many hazardous substance issues and represented the Western Australian Government on hazardous substance committees and working parties of the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (NOHSC).
He was the primary author of the two national Codes of Practice produced via a Committee on asbestos which were published in 2005 by NOHSC (now Safe Work Australia). He also chaired the 2003 NOHSC Working Party on revising the Guidance Note for the Membrane Filter Method which was then published in 2005. Dr Geoff Pickford provided most of the technical expertise in the revision.
Date: Monday 27th May 2019
Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
5.00pm - Doors open for networking, food & drinks
6.00pm - Latest AIOH news
6.10pm – The presentation will run for approximately 50 minutes, followed by some Q&A. Networking, as well as the food and drink service, will continue after the presentation.
AIOH/RACI Members - $30
Non Members - $40
Full time students - $10 (student cards to be shown for entry)
Light refreshments will be served.
0.25 CM points awarded for attendance
*All prices listed are ex GST
ChemCentre Seminar Room, Ground Floor, Curtin University of Technology Resources and Chemistry Precinct,
South Wing, Building 500, Corner South Entrance Drive & Manning Road, Curtin University, Bentley
Free Parking: Enter off Manning Road. First turn right to enter car park area.
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