HSE has recently published a revised Asbestos: The Analyst's Guide (HSG 248). This guidance is for analysts involved in asbestos work. It is the authoritative source of asbestos analytical procedures within Great Britain.
The guidance has been updated to take account of findings from Health and Safety Executive (HSE) interventions and developments in analytical procedures and methodology. It provides clarification on technical and personal safety issues, especially in relation to sampling and 4-stage clearances. New information on sampling soils for asbestos is included.
The guidance is designed to assist analysts in complying with their legal obligations. The publication should also be useful to asbestos consultants, occupational hygienists, safety professionals, asbestos removal contractors, building owners and facilities managers. It can be downloaded here.
HSG 248 now states: "There is no blanket requirement for surveying, soil sampling and analysis for asbestos during land development under CAR. 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.