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Events preview: Which asbestos and safety events are going ahead in 2021?

Written by Nick Garland on 13/01/2021

Covid-19 is still with us, and the situation is still hard to predict. Virtual asbestos events continue to be the norm for now, but some organisers are planning to hold live events later in the year. The information we’ve listed is correct at the last update (Feb 2021), but you should always check directly with the event organisers before making plans to attend.

ACAD Regional Meetings

16-18 February 2021


ACAD’s regional meetings continue online. The spring meetings take place on Tuesday 16th, Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th of February. While the ACAD web page is yet to be updated with details, members can contact for more information and to reserve a place.

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ARCA Regional Meetings

23-25 February


ARCA is continuing to provide its regional meetings through the Zoom video conferencing platform. Meetings involve discussion of the latest industry news and updates. The meetings take place over three days, with each session covering two or more regions.

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Health and Wellbeing at Work Week

15-19 March 2021


The Health and Wellbeing at Work Week claims to be the UK’s largest event dedicated to improving the health, wellbeing, safety, behaviour and culture of today’s workforce. Taking place entirely online, this year’s event comprises 20 CPD conference programmes, an interactive exhibitor showcase, a demonstration zone and wellbeing lounge. With a significant focus on dealing with the mental, physical and financial impact on employees of the pandemic, this event seems more timely than ever.

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7-9 May 2021


Originally scheduled for Brisbane in 2020, then postponed to March 2021, the 15th biennial International Mesothelioma Interest Meeting will now be a virtual affair. iMig2020 is a multidisciplinary event, bringing together delegates from around the world. #iMig2021 will feature the most up-to-date research covering diverse topics of interest. There will also be educational sessions with leading experts, and plenty of networking opportunities with leading scientists and researchers, friends and colleagues.

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Safety & Health Expo

12-14 July 2021

ExCeL, London

Originally postponed from May 2020 to September 2020, then postponed again, the Safety & Health Expo bills itself as the UK’s leading health and safety event. The 2019 show grew to host more than 300 exhibitors and 13,800 visitors over its three-day run. Given the current situation, the show’s planned July date may be open to question – currently organisers are recording interest, rather than issuing tickets. Assuming it goes ahead, this will be a great restart to major in-person events.

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The Health & Safety Event

7-9 September 2021

The NEC, Birmingham

Another major event that fell victim to the pandemic, The Health & Safety Event is planned to return in September, alongside multiple other cancelled safety and facilities events. Assuming it can go ahead on the planned date, The Health & Safety Event will provide the perfect networking and educational opportunity to anyone responsible for running a safe and efficient workplace, anywhere in the UK. Its CPD-accredited seminar programme will feature speakers from across the world of safety, fire and facilities.

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ACAD Awards and Golf Day

16th September 2021

Celtic Manor, Newport

The date for the 2021 ACAD Awards and Golf day at Celtic Manor has now been confirmed and the event will be a long-awaited opportunity to safely meet up with old friends and industry colleagues. Assure360 will be sponsoring the Audit awards and we look forward to seeing you there.

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Contamination & Geotech Expo

22-23 September 2021

The NEC, Birmingham

Like most other leading events, the 2020 Expo couldn’t run because of the pandemic. This year it’s rebranded to acknowledge its importance to the Geotech industry. As before, the event is composed of a series of child events that includes the Hazardous materials expo. Expert speakers include Yvonne Waterman, founder and president of the European Asbestos Forum foundation. We’re also looking forward to exhibiting there, subject to confirmation. Registration for delegates is free, and its open now.

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Airmon 2021

20-23 September 2021

Bristol Marriott Hotel

Airmon is the leading international forum for air monitoring. The tenth instance of the event will build on previous conferences, providing an exciting programme. Thought-provoking keynote presentations will be combined with oral presentation sessions. Presentations from students or early-career researchers are warmly encouraged, and short training courses, delivered by experts in their field, are an integral component of this event.

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If you’re hosting, postponing or cancelling an event you’d like us to list here, please get in touch.


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