The Asbestos Industry Mourns the Loss of one of it’s Innovators

IATP today report the untimely passing of Mr Max Lopacki of NATAS.

Max who was an instrumental player in the development of asbestos training for decades, covering all areas from Asbestos Awareness to licensed training along with his hard work and expertise in getting Asbestos Awareness E-Learning recognised by the HSE with his development of ASHEeLA.

Paul Beaumont CEO of IATP writes that Max was a proud family man, a loving husband to his wife Jo and great and devoted father to his three sons, Patrick, Joszef and Michael. Max has been an active member of the IATP since its formation, he supported the annual dinners, worked on the IATP Working Group and promoted the IATP through his own company whenever the chance arose.

More recently Max had become deeply involved in the Nuclear sector as well as developing a company with son Patrick in 3603D laser scanning and imaging.

Over his life, Max had taught thousands of people on the subject of asbestos, myself having been one of the lucky ones. I took all of my BOHS courses with Max and his company. He was the first person ever to inform me of the real  dangers of asbestos. Max had asbestos training in his heart, he delivered it with elegance, style and passion and always with a healthy sense of humour and a cheeky smile.

Max believed in living for the day. He commanded respect whenever he entered a room. He would often sit in meetings as the quiet one, taking in the information, listening to the debates and conversations, then having heard the argument, he always came forward with his grounded approach and respected views.

Tenacious is certainly one word to use to describe Max, he knew what he wanted and was driven to achieve it. Through my own experience of working with Max and knowing him on a personal level, it always impressed me that he would respond to emails, phone calls and messages at any hour of the day, or night. He showed commitment, dedication, and drive.

Max sadly died on Sunday evening with his family at his bedside following an accident while in London. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this time.

One of the last ‘Genuine Characters’ of the asbestos world, Max will be greatly missed, but his time with us, never forgotten.

The family’s wishes and arrangements shall be made know as they become available.

Rest in Peace Max