Some of the members presentThe Institute thanks Trevor Symonds MIDE for arranging and hosting a regional meeting for members in the North East of England. Late in the afternoon of 13 May 2010, Trevor opened his training room at Northern Safety Ltd, Stockton on Tees, to eleven IDE members in the area. Quite apart from the excellent opportunity to socialise, network and get to know each other, there were two presentations:

The first topic centered around the removal of non licensed asbestos containing materials (ACM’s).  The presentation dealt with the issues that the demolition industry may well encounter when carrying out demolition projects were ACM’s are present. The motive issue of what type of training that is required for this work and to the content of this training that the HSE are expecting to see when this type of work is carried out was discuss.

The second presentation moved onto the new guidance surrounding asbestos surveys and especially focused on the new demolition and refurbishment surveys required for all demolition projects. This subject provoked much discussion between the members to the standards of surveys and the competence of the surveyors that are producing surveys at this time.

If you are a Full Member of the IDE and would like to organise a meeting of members in your area either in your offices or for a factory visit, please contact the IDE National Secretary.