Education workshops

We want to hear from you! The purpose of these education workshops is for industry experts to provide exclusive seminars. These education workshops are available for all attendees and are inclusive of the ticket purchase price. The workshops can also be utilised for industry associations to hold yearly meetings, releases of new products, exclusive association membership minutes or town hall meetings.

This is your time to shine! The invitation is here for industry experts to provide industry specific information in these exclusive seminars. To reserve an available time slot, please contact Scott at educate@coach8.com.au, phone 1300 253 464, or use the enquiry form on our Contact page.

Workshop timeslots

Thursday 22nd September

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm. 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

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Hit or miss? A demonstration in complexities and limitations associated with post-remediation microbial sampling – Jeremy Stamkos

Friday 23rd September

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Introduction to selecting respiratory protection – Mark Reggers

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Asbestos awareness workshop – Jason Green

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Workshop details

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.

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).

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.