The long awaited first revision to the HSG248 Asbestos Analysts Guide has been released, and has provided additional guidance for analytical organisations, licensed contractors and clients. Having read through the guide in detail, here are the 4 key points you need to know about:
1. Stronger impartiality requirements
Clients should employ the analyst directly and ensure they have no links or relationship with the Licensing Contractor, with a stronger emphasis on the employer for impartiality and to avoid a conflict of interest. The removal company should never be appointing their own analyst.
2. Four Stage Clearance (4SC) Procedure has been beefed-up
Main Changes are as follows:
Ultimately, what this will mean is more time spent on site by the analyst to carry out clearance and relevant due diligence now required.
3. New guidance for asbestos in soils and made ground
New guidance has been issued focusing on sampling of soils and when this is and isn’t required. It may be helpful for clients to consider whether they require sampling as part of the preliminary or main survey of reclaimed sites prior to works to assess the likelihood of asbestos being present on the site. For guidance or advice on asbestos in soils issues contact [email protected]
4. In-depth dust sampling
The new guide also offers further clarification on dust and swab sample results. The HSE does not recommend sampling and analysis in settled dust except in specific circumstances where the spread of asbestos from a substantial recent release incident is being investigated. Furthermore, dust sampling should not be routine as part of a survey. Whilst these tests are more thorough, it may cost more and lead to further expense, so it is worth weighing up the options.
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