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Asbestos in Soils
Experienced and trusted in managing hazardous materials, Mick George Environmental understand the challenges and legislative obligations that coincides with Brownfield Development.
Asbestos in soils has become a big problem, affecting re-development across the UK, adding significant costs, delays and risks if not managed appropriately. It is estimated that 85% of valuable Brownfield sites in the UK could come with the unwelcome legacy of asbestos presence.
Why was Asbestos used in soils?
Before the year 2000, asbestos was widely used in construction within pipe lagging, boilers, fire doors, partition walling and many other common building commodities, so it’s hardly surprising that today’s construction professionals have inherited an issue of such magnitude.
Our unique ability to provide ‘on or off-site asbestos treatment’ solutions, alongside our designated hazardous asbestos segregation facility and licensed disposal site means we can provide a 360-degree service offering to overcome any issues arising from Asbestos in Soils.
Mick George Environmental have the knowledge and contracting expertise to balance risk, compliance and efficiency; delivering pragmatic and measured solutions designed to save our Clients’ money.
Asbestos in Soils Regulations
The Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2012 legally requires action to be taken to protect workers and general public from asbestos exposures arising from work activities. However, current case law suggests that landowners and developers could find themselves liable for claims under the Compensation Act 2006 in the future, even if CAR and planning requirements have been satisfied.
How does Asbestos in Soils exist and how harmful is it?
Asbestos in Soils could exist for for any number of reasons. Asbestos may not have been properly removed prior to buildings being demolished, contaminated materials could have been imported to the site as part of development or waste containing asbestos might have been buried over the years.
Asbestos isn’t harmful unless fibres are released into the air. The concentration of airborne fibres can be influenced by several factors, including the asbestos type and condition, it’s depth, it’s concentration in soil, the soil type, and the soil’s moisture content.
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