Asbestos in Soils

There has been recently launched guidance relating to asbestos found in soils and construction & demolition materials. Entitled “Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012: Interpretation for Managing and Working with Asbestos in Soil and Construction & Demolition materials: Industry Guidance”, the guidance is better known as CAR-Soil.


Anyone planning to build or work on ‘brownfield’ sites will need to carry out a risk assessment and where there is ‘reasonable expectation’ that asbestos might be present, carry out the appropriate site investigations and surveys.  It is estimated that up to 85% of such sites will be contaminated with asbestos materials because of the former land usage, importation of demolition aggregates, fly-tipping, etc.


The guidance has been prepared with the support of the Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency, and presents the definitive explanation of how the legal requirements of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012) have been interpreted to apply to work with asbestos contaminated soil and construction & demolition materials. 


The guidance is designed to protect employees from risks related to exposure to asbestos, but is set within a carefully considered framework designed specifically for soil and Construction & Demolition materials contaminated with asbestos. 


Anyone planning to build or work on ‘brownfield’ sites will need to carry out a risk assessment and where there is ‘reasonable expectation’ that asbestos might be present, carry out the appropriate site investigations and surveys.


At M&W we are ensuring that our asbestos management team are fully conversant with the new guidance and can help clients through the risk assessment and site survey phases of the development process.  Please contact us at asbestos@mandwproperty.co.uk.