Here is an interesting article written by Hazel Davidson, Technical Marketing Manager, ALcontrol Laboratories
Asbestos risk in soil
The management of asbestos in the workplace, during demolition, and its assessment and removal, are all highly regulated by the CAR Regulations (2006), plus a wealth of other Health & Safety Executive (HSE) guidance documents. However, there is currently no specific code of practice or recent guideline document for asbestos in soil, or for its management during a site investigation.
For several years, many site operatives/consultants/developers have considered asbestos in soil to be of major concern only if high quantities are present, leading to its definition as hazardous waste (> 0.1%).
Another common misapprehension is that asbestos is not such an issue as long as soil is generally wet, and no airborne fibres are likely to be generated.
However, over the last 12 months or so, current thinking on asbestos in soil has changed to a very different scenario, due to a number of initiatives by various industry bodies, some of which are described in this article.
Asbestos in soil is a risk: as soil dries and dust is formed, it can then be airborne. It also adheres to shoes and vehicles, and is therefore carried to other locations, and disperses as it dries. Considering the widespread use of asbestos in construction, the number of buildings demolished on sites for redevelopment, and the disturbance and movement of soil during site investigations, remediation, and redevelopment, there is obviously cause for concern regarding the risks.
But how much of a risk, and at what concentration? Currently, there is no Soil Guideline Value (SGV) for asbestos, so operatives within the industry usually work to >0.1% for hazardous waste definition, and >0.001% for human health risk assessment.
The 0.1% value is taken from a document produced by the Interdepartmental Committee for the Redevelopment of Contaminated Land (ICRCL), 1990, Guidance note 64/85 ‘Asbestos on Contaminated Sites’, (but this does not take into account the 2006 regulations) and the 0.001% value is based on research conducted at the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM), 1988, Addison et al ‘The release of dispersed asbestos fibres from soils’.
This latter study involved drying soil, and generating dust, which was passed through filters to trap asbestos fibres for subsequent measurement. A soil containing 0.001% of asbestos fibres generated concentrations in air of >100,000 fibres/m3 where the total dust concentration was < 5mg/m3.
Recent High Court rulings have awarded damages based on a limited increase in probability of exposure to asbestos. In one case, a 17% increased risk was sufficient. This has caused significant concern within many industries - consultants, contractors, developers, landowners, laboratories - all of whom must take great care to ensure their staff, and future site users, are protected in order to avoid potential claims if personnel develop an asbestos related disease in the future. Asbestos related claims cost the insurance industry more than any other category.
An interesting article regarding the issue of asbestos in schools. Written evidence submitted by Julie Winn, Chair of the Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC
Asbestos Removal Tax Relief
As part of the government’s urban regeneration scheme, under the Finance Act 2001, it is possible to claim 150% of the cost of asbestos remediation against your company's profits as tax relief.
For example: if asbestos removal costs £10,000 a company can deduct £15,000 from their taxable income. This also means that if the company made a loss, then they could be eligible for a cash rebate.
This concession only applies to UK registered companies and does not apply if the building or land was owned by the company when the asbestos was originally imported.
We will be closed from 5pm on Monday 23rd December and re-open at 7.00am on Thursday 2nd January 2014. Although lead times are reducing please make sure you order as soon as possible for delivery before Christmas. Thank you for your custom this year and we look forward to working with you again next year. We hope you have a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
27TH NOVEMBER 2013 . MANCHESTER, HILTON DEANSGATE
AIrbox Sampling Products Ltd is exhibiting at the forthcoming Asbestos the Truth conference, which is now in its 4th year and 2013 is set to be the best yet! Following an overwhelming attendance rate from previous years the conference has become the official industry forum for asbestos and hazardous materials.
By combining extensive research with authoritative input from key industry figures, the conference programme provides an up-to-the-minute overview of the vital issues facing everybody who deals with asbestos, whether they act as a client procuring asbestos related services, or as a contractor providing those services.
The seminar aims to clarify legislation changes and recently updated guidance from the Health and Safety Executive on the management and potential removal of asbestos, it also provides best practice advice and shared experiences.
For more information about the event go to http://www.asbestosthetruth.com
Come and meet us there for a coffee and a chat, we'll be delighted to see you.