The Asbestos in Soil and Construction & Demolition Materials – Joint Industry Working Group (Asbestos in Soil JIWG for short) was established in November 2011 after The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) and Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments (CL:AIRE) formally joined forces and then invited a wide range of both private and public sector organisations that are all looking to work together to meet the challenges posed by asbestos in soil. The JIWG project will be working alongside the CIRIA research project trying to ensure that the two projects complement and link as much as possible with a co-ordinated approach.
The aims of the Joint Industry Working Group are:
All notes from the JIWG meetings will be made publicly available
JIWG ASBESTOS IN SOIL JOINT STATEMENT WITH HSE AND EA
The Joint Industry Working Group (JIWG), Environment Agency and Health and Safety Executive has agreed to work together to bring clarification on a number of key regulatory and guidance issues that will help underpin the development of the industry code of practice for asbestos in soil, construction and demolition materials . This work will help clarify a number of important issues relating to the application of some of the legislation as it is currently being applied to the regulation of asbestos in soil, construction and demolition materials.
JIWG ASBESTOS IN SOIL STATEMENT ON CLASSIFICATION OF WASTE CONTAMINATED BY ASBESTOS
The Environment Agency will shortly be issuing revised technical guidance on waste, "rWM2". This guidance will contain new worked examples of how to classify as "hazardous" waste soil and other waste materials such as made ground and general C&D wastes that are contaminated by asbestos fibres and asbestos-containing materials. The EA has agreed with the JIWG that there is a need to provide industry with refined, detailed and practical guidance in this area. Work to produce this guidance, therefore, will continue over the coming months, these efforts being led by the EIC-CL:AIRE JIWG on Asbestos in Soil and C&D Materials in conjunction with the EA. This work will ultimately feed into the development of the JIWG Industry Code of Practice for Asbestos in Soil. The full statement can be downloaded here>>>
TERMS OF REFERENCE
The JIWG Asbestos in Soil are working under agreed Terms of Reference. These can be downloaded following the following link:.
Terms of Reference>>
INDUSTRY CODE OF PRACTICE – PRACTITIONERS’ GUIDE
The final scope of the document is still to be finalised by the JIWG however the main headings are anticipated to include the following:
• Introduction and Background;
• Regulation of Asbestos;
• UKAS and Accreditation Requirements;
• Training and Qualification Requirements;
• Insurance Requirements;
• Site Investigation and Sampling protocols;
• Laboratory analysis;
• Human Health Risk Assessment;
• Remediation of Asbestos-Contaminated Soils and Ground Materials; and
• Waste management.
I. Asbestos: properties & health effects
II. Asbestos: occurrence and uses
III. Asbestos: safe work practices, control measures and protective equipment
IV. Asbestos: Air monitoring procedures and limits
V. Investigation of asbestos in soil and ground materials: detailed methodology
VI. Analysis of asbestos in soil and ground materials: detailed methodology
VII. Assessment of asbestos in soil and ground materials: detailed human health risk assessment framework
VIII. Selection of good practice case studies & example scenarios
IX. Summary of international approaches
The full working scope can be downloaded here>>>
Chapters will be written by selected groups of recognised experts from these fields, with an open consultation process when the document is in final draft format.
DUST SAMPLING PROTOCOL
SoBRA would like the whole of the land development industry (contractors. consultants and site owners) to get involved in an industry wide initiative to provide dust sampling data from site works. Many practitioners already undertake routine dust sampling; all we are asking is for you to provide the results of these samples to SoBRA anonymously. The results will be collated into a larger open access database to help the development of a risk assessment model which will feed into the Joint Industry Working Group Asbestos in Soil. To ensure that the dust samples are taken in a uniform way, SoBRA has produced a sampling protocol to assist.
The dust sampling protocol is supported by an equivalent protocol for asbestos fibre in air monitoring and the use of both protocols in parallel is encouraged where possible so that the open access UK-specific empirical database that SoBRA is developing can be as comprehensive as possible.
SCA BLUE BOOK METHOD - The determination of asbestos in soil and associated materials (June 2015) (v.10a): Consultation Draft
The SCA Blue Book Method for the determination of asbestos in soil and associated materials has been amended and reviewed extensively by a working group led by Hazel Davidson of DETS. This document is now open for wider consultation for review and comment.
The JIWG are working very closely with the regulators and as such are aware that the HSE are reviewing all asbestos related HSE publications. The JIWG is aiming to publish the Asbestos in Soil Code of Practice draft for consultation in Summer 2016.
In order for the Asbestos in Soil and Construction & Demolition Materials – Practitioners’ Guide: Industry Code of Practice (CoP) to be developed, funding is required from industry to cover the costs of writing, developing and publishing a freely available downloadable PDF document.
We are looking to secure £150,000, although the project has already commenced using the surplus funding that was made from the Asbestos in Soil conference in November 2011. The sooner the funding total is secured, however, the quicker the document can be prepared.
If the full financial targets are met additional training materials will also be developed.
Financial Support has been secured from the following organisations:
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