Asbestos Containing Materials-Considerations for Urban Development

Asbestos-containing material often presents itself as a project or health risk during refurbishment and demolition of buildings and is a common source of contamination on brownfield sites.
Asbestos Containing Materials-Considerations for Urban Development

 Asbestos-containing material often presents itself as a project or health risk during refurbishment and demolition of buildings and is a common source of contamination on brownfield sites.

This two-part presentation will provide information on the occurrence, legalities, obligations and liabilities associated with asbestos in buildings and soils which will allow for appropriate consideration of these issues as part of any design concept and overall site development.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Risk factors - friable vs non-friable & asbestos types
  • Asbestos in buildings/structures - much more than fibre cement
  • Basic legal requirements
  • Defining contamination
  • Legislative and regulatory framework
  • Key Risk Management Tools and Information Sources

About the Speakers:

Colin Outhwaite, Manager OHS Group/Director- Aurora Environmental

Colin started his career as a Mining Engineer and subsequently an Occupational Health and Safety Manager in high risk industry over a 25 year period before moving into Consulting in 2004.

Colin has a broad range of experience in consultancy management and leadership in addition to occupational health & safety management with asbestos risk management as a speciality.

Whilst he advises a range of clients in various market sectors on strategic asbestos risk management he remains ‘hands on’ conducting such services as asbestos surveys and clearance inspections. 

He has extensive experience in projects which require asbestos assessment and remediation and has developed an excellent understanding of all aspects of asbestos risk management from pro-active to reactive, from legislated to best practice.

As a Director at Aurora Environmental he is responsible for the management of the OHS Consulting Group in addition to practicing as Principal Consultant in a number of technical areas.


Brad Dermody, Associate Environmental Scientist/Director- Aurora Environmental

Brad joined Aurora Environmental in February 2011.  Prior to this, Brad was at Environmental Resources Management Australia for almost seven years.  Brad graduated in 2003 from the UWA with a Bachelor of Science degree (Geology, Land and Water Management) and Honours (Geology).

Brad has over fourteen years’ experience in the investigation, assessment and remediation, and contaminated site investigations with diverse contamination issues. He has been involved in numerous asbestos assessment, management and remediation projects.  These projects have involved several forms of asbestos in a variety of conditions and settings, including residential properties, recreational areas, schools commercial/industrial operational sites, demolition and construction sites (for redevelopment) and landfills. 

Brad provides strategic and risk-based advice on working through requirements of the WA contaminated sites regulations and framework and has experienced with high-level liaison with the Department of Health on asbestos contaminated sites projects.





17 / 09 / 2018 - 05:30 pm to 07:00 pm
Registration Closes
17 / 09 / 2018 04:30 pm
Engineers Australia WA, Auditorium
712 Murray Street
West Perth
Western Australia
  • EA, SEng and RES Member Rate: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
  • Society Member Rate: $30.00 ($27.27 excl. GST)
  • Student Member Rate: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
  • Non-Member Rate: $30.00 ($27.27 excl. GST)
Key Speaker(s)
Colin Outhwaite, Manager OHS Group, Director- Aurora Environmental and Brad Dermody, Associate Environmental Scientist/Director-Aurora Environmental
Construction Panel, SEng and RES
Event Contact
  • Contact:
    Engineers Australia Member Services
  • Phone:
    1300 653 113
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Maximum CPD Hours