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Webinar: Asbestos - still a long road ahead

14/03/2023 06:00pm to 7:00pm

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Asbestos related diseases remain the largest single occupational cause of premature death with around 250-300 per year. Despite changes to the Regulations in 2016 the management of asbestos including in situ and remediation/removal is not working particularly well and the largely vulnerable workers in the industry are often facing unknown and poorly controlled risks to their health.

The New Zealand Demolition and Asbestos Association (NZDAA) commissioned Mike Cosman to undertake a comprehensive study of the state of the industry in order to highlight key gaps and opportunities for improvement. In this webinar Mike will explain some of the findings and provide some thoughts as to what our profession can do to help drive change.

You can download the report here.


Mike Cosman is the Chair of the NZISM Governance Board, holds an Honours degree in management, postgraduate qualifications in OHS and a Certificate in Company Direction from the IoD. Mike is on the HASANZ Register and an accredited SafePlus assessor, a Chartered Fellow Member of IOSH, Certified Fellow Member of the New Zealand Institute of Safety Management and a Member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Mike is one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded health and safety professionals with 43 years’ experience in operational, management, policy, and strategic roles. He has a particular interest in asbestos matters from his time as a frontline HSE inspector specialising in this topic, through work associated with the Canterbury earthquake recovery and more recently advising a range of clients on complex technical and legal issues.


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