HazMat conference causes a stir: Bill Atkinson, head of emergency response at the AEA group, gives an account of the chemical response and Environmental Protection Conference that took place in March of this year in Birmingham.(Risk Management)

THE RECENT CHEMICAL RESPONSE and Environmental Protection Conference organised by NCEC (held on March 17 and 18) provided a rare and valuable opportunity for networking. Hazardous Materials and Environmental Protection Officers (HMEPOs) and other frontline HazMat responders from across the UK met to share experiences (and a glass or two) and take in a range of expert presentations.

Some readers may already have spoken to one of NCEC's Emergency Responder team during 'Chemsafe' incidents for chemical advice. As well as providing delegates with the opportunity to meet some of the team face-to-face, the event was designed to provide time and space to discuss the topics of the day that matter to emergency responders. …

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