Thursday 22nd September

7:00 am – 8:30 am Women at Spring Break Breakfast sponsored by AeroAir. Guest speaker Keely Johnson
8:00 am Registrations open at Function Room, Level 1, Rydges Mackay Suite. Tea and coffee on arrival
8:45 am – 9:10 am Welcome. Platinum sponsor IICRC cordially welcomes attendees – Carey Vermeulen, Chairman of IICRC Executive Council
9:10 am – 9:50 am Keynote address: Infectious diseases in the workplace: Are you protecting your holes? – Dr Gavin MacGregor-Skinner
9:50 am – 10:10 am Presentation to be advised
10:10 am – 10:30 am Morning tea
10:30 am – 11:00 am Hazardous building materials and potential worker exposure – Jason Green
11:00 am – 11:30 am IICRC standards update – Speaker to be advised
11:35 am – 12:05 pm HVAC hygiene and indoor air quality – Jeremy Stamkos
12:05 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm EDUCATION WORKSHOP: From black swans to boiling frogs: How to understand risk, visualize risk scenarios, and get ahead of the competition – a GBAC risk management approach workshop – Dr Gavin MacGregor-Skinner
2:00 pm ASD house opens for display and for sponsors to showcase equipment and new technologies
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDUCATION WORKSHOP: Hit or miss?  A demonstration in complexities and limitations associated with post-remediation microbial sampling – Jeremy Stamkos
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Coach8 Spring Break

Coach8 demonstrations and exhibitors open from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm daily.

Rydges Mackay function room

Friday 23rd September

8:30 am – 8:40 am Welcome
8:40 am – 9:20 am Keynote address: Bad bugs in our business – Dr Greg Whiteley
9:20 am – 10:20 am Expert symposium: Epidemiology, neurotoxicology, microbiology, biochemistry, neuropsychology and building moisture science
10:20 am – 10:40 am Morning tea
10:40 am – 11:10 am Symposium expert panel Q&A
11:10 am – 11:50 am IICRC town hall meeting. Panel discussion with Carey Vermeulen IICRC Chairman of the Board & Joe Dobbins IICRC Chair-Elect/ 1st Vice President
11:50 am – 12:20 pm Assessing moisture-affected timber floors. What you need to know – Tony Powell
12:20 pm – 12:50 pm Indoor air quality assessments: Beyond mould and COVID – Brad Prezant
12:50 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm ASD house opens for display and for sponsors to showcase equipment and new technologies
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDUCATION WORKSHOP: Introduction to selecting respiratory protection – Mark Reggers
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDUCATION WORKSHOP: Asbestos awareness workshop – Jason Green
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Coach8 Spring Break

Coach8 demonstrations and exhibitors open from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm daily.

Whisky Tasting Competition
Earn 14 Continuing Education Credits at AIBMS
Mackay marina

Saturday 24th September

Are you planning to enjoy some time in the beautiful Mackay region after the Australasian Indoor Building Management Symposium? Saturday 24th September will be a perfect opportunity to relax and experience the sights and sounds of the local area. Consider some of these options.

The Mackay Region Visitor Information Centre provides information about many more amazing things to see and do while in this area. Be sure to make a booking to secure your spot to stay and play.

Rydges Mackay function room

Presentations

This section provides details about some of the presentations at the Australian Indoor Building Management Symposium. Check back here regularly as we continue to add to the impressive line-up of presenters.

Welcome

Carey Vermeulen

Carey Vermeulen has been a volunteer with the IICRC since 1991 and has served 17 of those years as a Board member, five years as Vice President, and three years as President. Carey has been involved in the development of IICRC/ANSI S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration, IICRC/ANSI S520 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mould Remediation, IICRC/ANSI S100 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Carpet Cleaning and was the Chair of the IICRC S300 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Upholstery Cleaning. Today Carey is among the busiest IICRC instructors averaging over 70 classes a year primarily for the restoration and insurance industries and maintains among the highest student pass rate. Carey continues to volunteer as a public speaker at industry-related events, writes technical articles, and provides consulting services to the restoration, cleaning, and insurance industries.

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Keynote address: Infectious diseases in the workplace: Are you protecting your holes?

Germs make us sick. In indoor spaces, there are bacteria, viruses, mould, and fungi. From the work we do indoors, we have a far greater risk of exposure to germs, and we can also spread them. What are our responsibilities and concerns, and how to move forward in a strategic, efficient, and cost-effective manner?

Dr Gavin Macgregor-Skinner

Dr Gavin Macgregor-Skinner is the Senior Director of the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, and has more than 30 years of technical experience in responding to infectious disease outbreaks and emergency management. For the COVID-19 pandemic, he conducted onsite biological risk assessments and provided “just-in-time” training on infection prevention and control, cleaning and disinfection, and safe working practices for frontline workers in 16 US States and Hong Kong in hospital emergency departments, assisted-living and nursing homes, convention centers, airports, stadiums, public transport workers, and hotel staff and other essential employees. He has served on COVID-19 medical advisory committees for American Airlines, Port Authority Of New York and New Jersey, Hyatt Hotels, International Association of Venue Managers, American Association of Airport Executives, NFL and NBA teams including Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, and Los Angeles Lakers.

He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine and teaches three 15-week graduate courses on Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Terrorist Emergencies. In 2014 he received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in teaching.

He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, BBC, Canada CTV, Australia ABC, C-SPAN, and other news outlets to share his expertise on High Consequence Pathogens such as Coronavirus, Ebola, Influenza, Measles, Cholera, Zika and other global health threats. He served 12-years as an Officer in the Australian and British militaries and was an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the U.S. CDC in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Global Health Fellow with the United States Agency for International Development in Washington DC.

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Keynote address: Bad bugs in our business

Dr Greg Whiteley

Dr Greg Whiteley is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney, and also is an adjunct Fellow in the School of Medicine at Western Sydney University. Greg is the Executive Chairman of Whiteley Corporation, a manufacturer of Therapeutic Goods based in the Hunter Region of New South Wales. His expertise is in the development and manufacture of cleaning solutions, disinfectants, antiseptics, sterilants and other human therapeutic goods. He is recognised as a global expert in the measurement of cleanliness, particularly based on rapid ATP testing where he is internationally published and is a regular conference speaker. Dr Whiteley is also widely known for the seminal work on bacterial biofilms in the spread of superbugs within healthcare settings, including the challenges of removing these bio-organic growths from reusable medical devices and high touch surfaces throughout hospitals. Dr Whiteley has previously served on HE 023 with Standards Australia and is a consultant to the National Infection Control Committee of the Australian Dental Association.

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HVAC hygiene and indoor air quality

As a result of COVID, indoor air quality is arguably now more in the spotlight in Australia than it has ever been before. With much being said around increasing/improving ventilation, it’s important to understand what impact the cleanliness of the HVAC system can have on both Indoor Air Quality and ventilation overall. This presentation will provide an overview of the applicable Standards and Guidelines pertaining to HVAC Hygiene as well as how compliance can improve Indoor Air Quality overall and help ensure proper ventilation rates are being achieved.

Jeremy Stamkos

Jeremy Stamkos is the Managing Director and Principal Consultant of Restoration Industry Consultants and since 2001, has been a highly influential participant in the Indoor Air Quality and HVAC Hygiene industries in Australia. Having built a national HVAC hygiene and specialist decontamination service business in the 2000s, Jeremy has since sold out of that business and turned his hand to consulting, education and advocacy for Indoor Air Quality, insurance property repair (restoration) and HVAC hygiene industries. Jeremy was the convenor of the AIRAH HVAC Hygiene Best Practice Guidelines published in 2009 and currently serves as AIRAH Associate Director for the Indoor Air Quality Special Technical Group. He is also an Accredited Instructor for various Industry organisations including the National Air Duct Cleaners Association USA. The most significant and recent IAQ initiative that Jeremy is involved with is the writing and submission of a proposal to Standards Australia for the development of an Indoor Air Quality Standard for Selected IAQ Parameters on behalf of the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning & Heating (AIRAH).

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Assessing moisture-affected timber floors. What you need to know

Tony Powell

Tony Powell is an accredited ATFA inspector and assesses many insurance-related claims where timber floors have been damaged. He assists Hurford Hardwood, liaising and providing technical assistance to those installers using Hurford product. Each year he also provides valuable industry training for ATFA members and member companies, both online and face-to-face, throughout Australia and New Zealand. For many years, Tony ran his own flooring company in Canberra—Floors by Powell—and soon had a reputation for doing high quality work. Products included vinyl, solid strip timber and parquetry, as well as engineered and laminate flooring. He has been associated with ATFA from its inception more than 16 years ago, and although he has now sold his Canberra business, he still remains very active in the industry.

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Indoor air quality assessments: Beyond mould and COVID

Brad Prezant

Brad Prezant is a public health and occupational health scientist, with an epidemiology and public health focus and perspective. He works primarily as a consultant, with additional experience as a University-based research scientist. Mr. Prezant has functioned over many decades as an independent expert/expert witness in Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S. Brad holds degrees in Public and Environmental Health (MSPH) with a focus on occupational health and epidemiology, and General Administration (MBA), both from the University of Washington (UW) School of Public & Environmental Health, and UW School of Business, respectively. He served as Affiliate Associate Professor at the UW School of Public Health for 15 years. Brad is a Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH, CIH, sub-specialty Indoor Environmental Quality), Certified Air Quality Professional (CAQP),and previously maintained certification as a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE). Brad is the current Vice-President of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality & Climate (ISIAQ). He is also an accredited WELL Building professional and a WELL Advisor Board Member.

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Women at Spring Break breakfast

Tickets are on sale for the Women at Spring Break Breakfast at 7:00 am on Thursday 22nd September. Ticket prices are $55 per person. Enjoy a delicious breakfast at The Dispensary with a Mimosa or Prosecco on arrival. Hear from special guest speaker Keely Johnson, a country rock singer, motivational speaker, Childhood Cancer Advocate and founder of childhood cancer charity, the Golden Octopus Foundation.

Keely Johnson

23-year-old aspiring country music artist, singer/songwriter Keely Johnson is a country rock singer. She first started her love for country music when she was 4 years old. Growing up listening to the likes of Lee Kernaghan, Beccy Cole and Shania Twain, she developed her love for all things country. She has slowly moved her way up the ranks of Country Music, opening for artists like Lee Kernaghan, The Wolfe Brothers, Troy Cassar-Daley, Adam Harvey and Amber Lawrence.

Keely is mentored by Lee Kernaghan who has been instrumental in guiding her country music career. Keely first started her career in recording music when she was 15, releasing her number one single ‘Turn this to gold’ with mentor Lee. Keely has just this year released her first debut album “Fierce” (with songs written with some of Nashville’s finest writers), launching it at the Cowboys home game. This then led her to an outstanding Queensland 17-town tour and just finished her 12 -town New South Wales Tour. Keely is currently working on a kids’ album, which is soon to be released.

Keely has performed live in Nashville in major venues such such as the Bluebird Cafe and Tootsies Bar. She has sung her music all over the world, including Disneyland’s main ballroom for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Some of the festivals she has been a part of include: Tamworth Country Music Festival, Groundwater Country Music Festival and Mildura Country Music Festival.

Apart from her music career, Keely is a motivational speaker, Childhood Cancer Advocate and founder of the ‘Golden Octopus Foundation’ a National Wide Childhood Cancer Charity. Thousands of families across Australia see her as their inspiration for hope.

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Workshops

This section provides details about some of the workshops at the Australian Indoor Building Management Symposium. Check back here regularly as we continue to add to the impressive line-up of presenters.

From black swans to boiling frogs: How to understand risk, visualize risk scenarios, and get ahead of the competition – a GBAC risk management approach workshop

A myriad of risks exists in our industry, but it is our understanding and action in regard to these events that often lead to financial loss, injury, and deaths. The transition to naming these events as black swans, grey rhinos, boiling frogs, and more has evolved as a pedagogical tool to help us understand events that can be high impact but low probability, high impact and high probability, or high impact but consider the creeping element of time. Rather than focus on what we “could have done”, the goal of this workshop is to offer a more complete understanding of the Risk Characterization and Evaluation process within a Risk Management System. Through guided discussion and interactive exercises, participants will be offered an introduction and review of risk evaluation and its importance within risk assessment followed by a discussion of the process of risk characterization and the acceptance of risk. During the workshop participants will learn: how to identify hazards; how to assess risks; how to mitigate risks; how to ensure controls remain effective; and examples of the risk management process. Everyone who attends this workshop will receive a certificate of attendance from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC).

Dr Gavin Macgregor-Skinner
Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC)

Dr Gavin Macgregor-Skinner is the Senior Director of the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, and has more than 30 years of technical experience in responding to infectious disease outbreaks and emergency management. For the COVID-19 pandemic, he conducted onsite biological risk assessments and provided “just-in-time” training on infection prevention and control, cleaning and disinfection, and safe working practices for frontline workers in 16 US States and Hong Kong in hospital emergency departments, assisted-living and nursing homes, convention centers, airports, stadiums, public transport workers, and hotel staff and other essential employees. He has served on COVID-19 medical advisory committees for American Airlines, Port Authority Of New York and New Jersey, Hyatt Hotels, International Association of Venue Managers, American Association of Airport Executives, NFL and NBA teams including Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, and Los Angeles Lakers.

He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine and teaches three 15-week graduate courses on Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Terrorist Emergencies. In 2014 he received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in teaching.

He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, BBC, Canada CTV, Australia ABC, C-SPAN, and other news outlets to share his expertise on High Consequence Pathogens such as Coronavirus, Ebola, Influenza, Measles, Cholera, Zika and other global health threats. He served 12-years as an Officer in the Australian and British militaries and was an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the U.S. CDC in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Global Health Fellow with the United States Agency for International Development in Washington DC.

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Hit or miss?  A demonstration in complexities and limitations associated with post-remediation microbial sampling

Restoration Industry Consultants will be providing a practical hands-on workshop to demonstrate just some of the limitations with microbial sampling following a microbial remediation project. Participants will be invited to conduct simulated microbial sampling in a wet area of the Coach8 Drying House after a mock remediation project. Following the sampling process, the limitations of the process will be revealed and participants ‘illuminated’.

Jeremy Stamkos

Jeremy Stamkos is the Managing Director and Principal Consultant of Restoration Industry Consultants and since 2001, has been a highly influential participant in the Indoor Air Quality and HVAC Hygiene industries in Australia. Having built a national HVAC hygiene and specialist decontamination service business in the 2000s, Jeremy has since sold out of that business and turned his hand to consulting, education and advocacy for Indoor Air Quality, insurance property repair (restoration) and HVAC hygiene industries. Jeremy was the convenor of the AIRAH HVAC Hygiene Best Practice Guidelines published in 2009 and currently serves as AIRAH Associate Director for the Indoor Air Quality Special Technical Group. He is also an Accredited Instructor for various Industry organisations including the National Air Duct Cleaners Association USA. The most significant and recent IAQ initiative that Jeremy is involved with is the writing and submission of a proposal to Standards Australia for the development of an Indoor Air Quality Standard for Selected IAQ Parameters on behalf of the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning & Heating (AIRAH).

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Introduction to selecting respiratory protection

Mark Reggers

Mark Reggers is an Occupational Hygienist (MAIOH) whose current Application Engineering Specialist role at 3M Australia (Personal Safety Division) focuses on providing technical end-user guidance and advice around the selection, use and maintenance of respiratory protective equipment. This is backed by his previous experience as an Occupational Hygiene/Property Risk Consultant, Masters in Science (Occupational Hygiene Practice), Cert IV in OHS and 20 years in the safety equipment and training industry. He is passionate about occupational hygiene to ensure workers health is not compromised from workplace exposures and practices. Mark co-hosts the “3M Science of Safety Podcast”, which is available on all major podcast platforms. He chats with expert guests on a range of WHS topics to provide practical advice and guidance for all workplaces. He is the Chair of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH) respiratory fit testing training and accreditation program RESP-FIT.

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