Asbestos Expert Witness Services

IOM is a leading provider of expert witness evidence for civil litigation cases in Scotland, England and the Republic of Ireland.

Our extensive and highly experienced team have provided the court with independent and authoritative evidence over a uniquely wide range of areas in occupational health and safety, including asbestos management and consultancy.

Our collective experience in asbestos legal services has been used in several hundred reports utilising the expertise of senior consultants with many years of experience in the fields of occupational hygiene, asbestos fibre concentration measurement, retrospective risk assessment and the development of hygiene standards.

Expert advice is sought often in relation to retrospective occupational histories where one or more claimants have developed respiratory diseases and exposure to asbestos is alleged. In these cases an understanding of the nature of the claimant’s working practices is necessary to develop exposure models which provide the court with an understanding of the magnitude of those exposures.  The exposure models help to develop an understanding of the risk of adverse health effects in the context of the occupational exposure limits at the time of the exposures.

Experts in the field require to understand the history of the development of knowledge and of the evolution of occupational exposure limits from 1960, when exposure limits were first introduced into the UK , up to the present day.

The exposure dose models assist the court in assessing the level of apportionment for multiple defendants where the exposures of claimants may be spread across several different employments.

Several of our experts regularly provide advice to professional bodies on the activities of organisations undertaking work within the asbestos removal industry and the standard of compliance of asbestos removal contractors and analytical consultants with approved codes of practice and guidance issued by the Health and Safety Executive

IOM consultants have also been asked to offer opinion to enforcing authorities on the compliance of companies trading within the enforcement area in relation to their statutory duties under the Control of Asbestos Regulations (as amended) and in particular the Duty to Manage Asbestos in Non-Domestic Premises.

Dr Karen Galea Head of Exposure Science

Karen is Head of the Exposure Science Section of our Research Division. She is actively involved in a wide variety of research projects, mainly focused on exposure assessment relating to health risks. Her work has included the characterisation of aerosols during offshore drilling operations and primary nickel production; a guide to safe handling and disposal of engineered nanoparticles; a case-control study of cancer among current and former Semiconductor employees; an assessment of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke in the home and working environment; and pesticide biomonitoring in residents living near agricultural land.

Dr Ioannis Basinas Senior Scientist

Ioannis is a senior scientist within the Exposure Science section of our Research Division. His research interests focus on the establishment and application of improved methods for quantitative exposure assessment based on statistical and mathematical modelling approaches. Ioannis has substantial experience in the assessment of exposure to organic dusts and the related health risks. Previously he was responsible for one of the largest exposure assessment studies on personal bio-aerosol exposures of farmers ever accomplished. He has also been involved in several studies aiming to guide and optimize exposure control strategies for bio-aerosol exposures in farm workplaces, and extensively worked towards the assessment of the burden of historical exposures to organic dusts. Currently he is involved in several projects related to the assessment of exposure to engineered nanomaterials, organic dusts, and the evaluation of Tier 1 models used under REACH. Ioannis won the Thomas Bedford Memorial Prize in 2018.


Dr Karen Galea Head of Exposure Science

Karen is Head of the Exposure Science Section of our Research Division. She is actively involved in a wide variety of research projects, mainly focused on exposure assessment relating to health risks. Her work has included the characterisation of aerosols during offshore drilling operations and primary nickel production; a guide to safe handling and disposal of engineered nanoparticles; a case-control study of cancer among current and former Semiconductor employees; an assessment of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke in the home and working environment; and pesticide biomonitoring in residents living near agricultural land.

Dr Karen Galea Head of Exposure Science

Karen is Head of the Exposure Science Section of our Research Division. She is actively involved in a wide variety of research projects, mainly focused on exposure assessment relating to health risks. Her work has included the characterisation of aerosols during offshore drilling operations and primary nickel production; a guide to safe handling and disposal of engineered nanoparticles; a case-control study of cancer among current and former Semiconductor employees; an assessment of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke in the home and working environment; and pesticide biomonitoring in residents living near agricultural land.

Prof Damien McElvenny Principal Epidemiologist

Damien is a principal epidemiologist who has worked in the Statistics and Toxicology Section of Research Division since 2011. He is an Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Central Lancashire, an Honorary Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. He has over 30 years' experience working in a variety roles relating to the statistical analysis of health data in the public and private sector. Damien was chair of the Local Organising Committee for the EPICOH 2017 conference, the premier international conference on epidemiology in occupational health, which was held in Edinburgh.

Events
02 April
2019

7th Occupational & Environmental Exposure Science Meeting

  • 02 April 2019
  • 10:00
  • NEC Birmingham

The 7th Occupational & Environmental Exposure Science Meeting will take place on Tuesday 2nd April 2019.

Event info
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