The Environmental Challenges of Asbestos

When 11 Oct 2017, 12:00 PM

Duration One Hour

Cost $80 ex GST (group broadcasting discounts available)

Location Webinar

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This webinar will provide information on the use and manufacture of asbestos and asbestos containing materials. This will include case studies describing asbestos removal and disposal (with global variability) as well as information on its carcinogenic properties. It will discuss asbestos waste volumes and the issues created by the increasing landfill burden of contaminated construction waste. It will look at alternative options to landfill disposal, with a focus on biological treatment and its complex nature.

This research aims to provide solutions to asbestos waste management and an insight into planned trials for the bioremediation of asbestos-contaminated waste in a variety of locations around the world.

Learning outcomes

  • To identify the uses of asbestos in the built environment.
  • To raise awareness of the scale of the global asbestos issue.
  • To provide basic understanding of the carcinogenicity of asbestos fibres.
  • To appreciate the opportunities available for bioremediation for the treatment of recalcitrant substances.
  • To consider the alternatives to standard landfill disposal for the treatment of high volumes of hazardous waste.
Intended audience
If you’re working in the built environment or involved with waste management, environmental engineering, government bodies and general science, this webinar is for you. It’s also important for tradespeople and home renovating enthusiasts.

Presenter information

Terri-Ann Berry
Terri-Ann has worked at Unitec as a senior lecturer and lead researcher for environmental engineering for the last seven years. Prior to this, she worked in the water industry in the UK for ten years as a senior scientist and later on as a scientific consultant. Her background is in chemistry and process engineering and current areas of research include asbestos remediation, waste minimisation, treatment of high nitrate agricultural runoff and indoor air quality issues.