Last reviewed 31 May 2021

The Health and Safety Executive has recently published a revised version of HSG248 Asbestos: The Analyst's Guide.

The guidance is for analysts involved in asbestos work and has been updated to take account of findings from HSE interventions and developments in analytical procedures and methodology. It provides clarification on technical and personal safety issues, especially in relation to sampling and four-stage clearances. New information on sampling soils for asbestos is included.

HSG248 now states: "There is no blanket requirement for surveying, soil sampling and analysis for asbestos during land development under CAR [the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012]. The survey requirement under CAR only applies where there is a work context. CAR does not require asbestos surveys for environmental risk assessments or for public health reasons. Other legislation may require asbestos soil surveys.”

To prevent unnecessary duplication of effort, the assessment for soil and made ground work under CAR is intended to complement the requirements of other regulatory regimes including the determination of contaminated land under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Controlled Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2012, and for planning/development of land.

Meanwhile, the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists has published an important guidance document focusing on the assessment and control of asbestos in soil risks. It is published in two parts: