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2021 has seen the publication of a revised edition of HSG248 Asbestos: The analysts’ guide for sampling, analysis and clearance procedures. A document that was first published in 2005 and contains guidance for analysts involved in asbestos work. It is the authoritative source of asbestos analytical procedures for consultancies such as Scientific Services within the U.K.
To support the update of this guide, the HSE completed an inspection programme of asbestos analysts’ work throughout 2014 and 2015. It focused in particular on the practices and standards of the four stage clearance procedure. The test required following a licensed asbestos removal project. One key area highlighted, is that of professional standards.
The notable points in relation to this are outlined below:
Our analysts play an important role in protecting people’s health. They act competently and professionally whilst measuring and identifying asbestos. Their practices will adhere to the methods outlined within this document.
The updated guidance takes into account legal changes, findings from the health and safety executive (HSE)’s interventions and developments in analytical procedures and methods. The document provides clarification on technical and personal safety issues, particularly in relation to four stage clearances. For the first time, it now includes clear guidance on the assessment of soil and made grounds for asbestos.
Most useful to analysts, the document will also be informative for:
To find out more about the change, please click here.
Established in 2002, Scientific Services completes in excess of 20,000 asbestos tests per year for customers throughout the U.K.