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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.

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. As noted in the introduction [to HSG248], this guidance is also intended to be compatible with industry written guidelines prepared by the Joint Industry Working Group on Asbestos in Soils [CAR-SOIL]."