The Competition will take place each day of ET’99 at the NEC Birmingham, 8-10 June 1999. Teams will be judged on various aspects of confined spaces. They will be expected to demonstrate all round ability to manage and work in these high risk environments.

Last year’s winners, Southern Water Services, will be defending their title in the 1999 event. The competition is in its eighth year and has already attracted five teams from major UK water companies including Severn Trent, South West Water, Thames Water and Essex and Suffolk Water. There are six members on each team, including an engineer, all of whom have experience of working in high risk areas.

The three day event will be the climax of a year of activity designed to develop and communicate best working practice for the management of confined space working. Heats take place throughout the year and the competing teams compete in in-house team building and training in the months leading up to the competition in June.

WTI Training Group is organising this event – the only one of its kind in the UK. The company’s health and safety specialists design a range of practical scenarios to test the skills of participating teams. Competitors will take up challenges including: equipment checks; safe systems of work; first aid; and rescue. There is also a quiz to test their general knowledge of confined space working.

An exciting atmosphere surrounds the event as teams prepare to prove that they are the best at dealing with the difficult and dangerous situations that often face them in their daily lives. Full details about the competition and how to enter are available from John Anderson at WTI. Telephone 0468 440172

ET’99 conference programme

The ET Partnership has again invited IBC Global Conferences Ltd to produce the seminars which will run concurrent with the exhibition at ET’99. IBC will run a selection of key seminars, offering industry the opportunity to listen to technical and legal environmental presentations, as well as maximising networking.

Each session will have presentations from three or four speakers chosen from government, regulatory bodies and industry to present forthcoming regulatory issues, the practicalities of implementation, cost-saving opportunities for companies and case studies of successful examples from within industry.

Delegates will learn from expert presentations, participate in discussions with speakers where you can have your questions answered and network with industry colleagues to share your own experiences.

Each individual half-day seminar costs œ199 + VAT. Please contact IBC for details of further discounts. Fees include all conference sessions and papers, refreshments and lunch. Contact Janine Winfield on 0171 637 4383.

For more information on ET’99 and available stand space telephone David Clarke on 0181 651 7100.

Conference programme

Day One

Session One

Understanding the implications of the IPPC directive.

Session Two

The practicalities of working with the environmental impact assessment directive.

Day Two

Session Three

Water: Successfully managing resources.

Session Four

Successfully meeting the challenges of waste management.

Day Three

Session Five

Successfully managing and remediating contaminated land.

Session Six

Using performance indicators and environmental benchmarking

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