The Society of Brownfield Risk Assessment (SoBRA) has been established to support the growing number of professionals working in land contamination risk assessment. It is a learned society for individuals, with membership drawn from the private, public, voluntary and academic sectors. Its goals are to improve technical knowledge in risk-based decision-making related to land contamination applications and to enhance the professional status and profile of practitioners.
SoBRA was established in December 2009 and since that time has held six annual conferences and six workshops:
Uncertainty in Human Health Risk Assessment
April 2014 (joint SoBRA/SAGTA workshop):
Category 4 Screening Levels: Industry Application
Risks to Human Health from Asbestos in Soil
SoBRA also has a number of sub groups looking at various aspects related to risk assessment. One of these is the Accreditation Sub-Group, which was formed to explore a potential role for SoBRA in providing accreditation for risk assessors working in the fields of human health and controlled waters (amongst others). We envisage the scheme to be in the form of a register of SoBRA accredited risk assessors and drafted documents describing eligibility criteria and how these may be assessed. We ran an open survey in October/November 2013 and are currently assessing the results to helps us shape a scheme that has widespread acceptance within the land contamination community. Further details can be found on the sub groups page.
SoBRA has a bursary and scholarship scheme available to SoBRA members to help promote research and furthering knowledge related to land contamination risk assessment in the UK. Further details can be found under the Resources tab.
Membership to SoBRA is open to any individual with an interest in the assessment of risks from land contamination. Join SoBRA here.
Site Investigation & Risk Assessment for Historic Landfill Redevelopment
28th June 2016
Engineers House, Bristol
SoBRA Accreditation Scheme Launch Date 4th July 2016
SoBRA has developed a registration scheme in order to recognise and reward the technical skills associated with land contamination risk assessment.
Further Information of the soon to be launched scheme can be found on the Accreditation Scheme page here.