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CL:AIRE publishes Asbestos in Soil Guidance (CAR-SOILTM

CL:AIRE has published the Joint Industry Working Group Asbestos in Soil and Construction & Demolition (C&D) Materials guidance titled “Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012: Interpretation for Managing and Working with Asbestos in Soil and Construction & Demolition materials: Industry Guidance (shortened name CAR-SOILTM)”.

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

The guidance is underpinned by the fundamental requirements expressed in the Regulations, in relation to the protection of employees from risks related to exposure to asbestos, but is set within a carefully considered framework designed specifically for soil and C&D materials contaminated with asbestos.  

In order to be more directly applicable to the risks associated from work on soil and C&D materials contaminated with asbestos, the Regulations have been interpreted in order to allow practical guidance to be produced that is fit for purpose whilst allowing compliance to be demonstrated with the overarching requirements set out in the Regulations.

Addendum: August 2016 -

Page 74: First paragraph Regulation 14 should read: “This regulation requires employers to provide employees with adequate personal protective clothing appropriate for the work they will be doing. It also sets out the requirement for proper cleaning, maintenance and storage of the clothing.”


TRAINING

To support the publication of the Joint Industry Working Group’s Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012: Interpretation for Managing and Working with Asbestos in Soil and Construction and Demolition (C&D) materials: Industry Guidance (shortened name CAR-SOILTM)”, CL:AIRE is delighted to announce the launch of a package of training courses across the UK. 

CAR-SOILTM is the authoritative document interpreting the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012 or the Regulations) as applied to working with ground materials contaminated by asbestos, having been prepared with the support of the Health and Safety Executive. It presents the definitive explanation of how the legal requirements of CAR 2012 have been interpreted to apply to work with asbestos contaminated soil and C&D materials. 

The guidance in CAR-SOILTM is underpinned by the fundamental requirements expressed in the Regulations, in relation to the protection of employees from risks related to exposure toasbestos, but is set within a carefully considered framework designed specifically for soil and C&D materials. 

The three CL:AIRE training courses are: 

  • CAR-SOILTM

For asbestos awareness and non-licensable work with asbestos training course tutors: duration, ½ day

For ground investigation practitioners, surveyors, developers, housebuilders, contractors, site owners: 1 day 

  • Asbestos Awareness

For employees/self-employed persons that may be required to undertake work on or in ground and/or C&D materials that may potentially be contaminated with asbestos, including ground investigation practitioners, surveyors, construction/remediation contractors and materials recycling contractors.

Duration, ½ day, inclusive of a multiple choice examination under exam conditions. 

  • Non Licensable Work*

For employees/self-employed persons that undertake Non-Licensable Work on or in ground and/or C&D materials as defined in CAR-SOILTM that is or may potentially be contaminated with asbestos, including ground investigation practitioners construction/remediation contractors and materials recycling contractors.

Duration, 1 day, inclusive of a multiple choice examination under exam conditions

*Participants signing up for the Non-Licensable Work course will be required to demonstrate that they have attended an Asbestos Awareness course within the preceding 6 months and achieved a satisfactory pass mark on examination.

These courses have been designed specifically to support all those managing and working withsoil and C&D materials affected by asbestos, in order to facilitate compliance with the Information Instruction and Training requirements proscribed by Regulation 10 of CAR 2012.  HSE advice is:

“Every employer must make sure that anyone who is liable to disturb asbestos during their normal work, or who supervises those employees, gets the correct level of information, instruction and training so that they can work safely and competently without risk to themselves or others.” http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/training.htm

Training venues will be across the country including: London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast, York and Bristol.

Course numbers are restricted to ensure a good trainer to delegate ratio in line with HSE-approved asbestos training sector guidelines.  All training courses will also be available to be provided on a bespoke basis in-house at company venues.  Please enquire through the Help Desk tab on the CL:AIRE website www.claire.co.uk

For further information and to book your place on any of the training courses, visit the Book or Buy tab - Asbestos in Soil and view the different courses (under subcategories).

 


 PURPOSE of JIWG

The Asbestos in Soil and Construction & Demolition Materials – Joint Industry Working Group (Asbestos in Soil JIWG for short) was established in November 2011 after The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) and Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments (CL:AIRE) formally joined forces and then invited a wide range of both private and public sector organisations that are all looking to work together to meet the challenges posed by asbestos in soil. The JIWG project will be working alongside the CIRIA research project trying to ensure that the two projects complement and link as much as possible with a co-ordinated approach.

AIMS of JIWG

The aims of the Joint Industry Working Group are:

  • To bring together the asbestos management, occupational hygiene and brownfield management sectors with the aim of promoting the development of a consistent and harmonised approach to the regulation, investigation, analysis, assessment and management of asbestos in soil.
  • To develop practical practitioner guidance on asbestos in soil that provides a consistent approach for UK industry, stakeholders and regulators.
  • To promote the development of the relevant industry professional qualification framework for asbestos in soils for the brownfield and asbestos management sectors, building on the existing professional qualification framework for the management of asbestos in buildings, and relevant statutory requirements.
  • To engage with the principal regulatory bodies for asbestos the Health & Safety Executive, the Environment Agency and representatives of Local Authority Contaminated Land Officers - with the aim of promoting a consistent, unified and transparent regime for the regulation of all aspects relating to the remediation of land contaminated by asbestos.
  • To promote and develop an improvement in public and stakeholder awareness of relevant issues, including inter alia health & safety, public health, technical, legal and insurance, related to the occurrence of and investigation and remediation of asbestos in soil.
  • To promote the work of the Asbestos in Soil – Joint Industry Working Group to ensure all organisations are fully informed of its activities.


ORGANISATION

  • The working group is chaired by EIC.
  • It will aim to meet quarterly with additional meetings scheduled by teleconference when required.
  • CL:AIRE will perform the secretariat duties for the working group.
  • Membership of the working group will be by invitation to specific organisations. Such invitations being reviewed as appropriate. The current list of members is provided here:

All notes from the JIWG meetings are made publicly available and can be accessed from the index to the right.

JIWG ASBESTOS IN SOIL JOINT STATEMENT WITH HSE AND EA

The Joint Industry Working Group (JIWG), Environment Agency and Health and Safety Executive has agreed to work together to bring clarification on a number of key regulatory and guidance issues that will help underpin the development of the industry code of practice for asbestos in soil, construction and demolition materials . This work will help clarify a number of important issues relating to the application of some of the legislation as it is currently being applied to the regulation of asbestos in soil, construction and demolition materials.

JIWG ASBESTOS IN SOIL STATEMENT ON CLASSIFICATION OF WASTE CONTAMINATED BY ASBESTOS

The Environment Agency will shortly be issuing revised technical guidance on waste, "rWM2". This guidance will contain new worked examples of how to classify as "hazardous" waste soil and other waste materials such as made ground and general C&D wastes that are contaminated by asbestos fibres and asbestos-containing materials. The EA has agreed with the JIWG that there is a need to provide industry with refined, detailed and practical guidance in this area. Work to produce this guidance, therefore, will continue over the coming months, these efforts being led by the EIC-CL:AIRE JIWG on Asbestos in Soil and C&D Materials in conjunction with the EA. This work will ultimately feed into the development of the JIWG Industry Code of Practice for Asbestos in Soil.

TERMS OF REFERENCE

The JIWG Asbestos in Soil are working under agreed Terms of Reference.


INDUSTRY CODE OF PRACTICE – PRACTITIONERS’ GUIDE

The final scope of the document is still to be finalised by the JIWG however the main headings are anticipated to include the following:

  • Introduction and Background;
  • Regulation of Asbestos;
  • UKAS and Accreditation Requirements;
  • Training and Qualification Requirements;
  • Insurance Requirements;
  • Site Investigation and Sampling protocols;
  • Laboratory analysis;
  • Human Health Risk Assessment;
  • Remediation of Asbestos-Contaminated Soils and Ground Materials; and
  • Waste management.

Chapters will be written by selected groups of recognised experts from these fields, with an open consultation process when the document is in final draft format.

PROGRAMME

The JIWG are working very closely with the regulators and as such are aware that the HSE are reviewing all asbestos related HSE publications. The JIWG is aiming to publish the Asbestos in Soil Code of Practice as soon as possible however this is very dependent on the participation and co-operation of the regulators.

FUNDING

In order for the JIWG to develop the Asbestos in Soil and Construction & Demolition Materials – Practitioners’ Guide: Industry Code of Practice (CoP), funding is required from industry to cover the costs of writing, developing and publishing a freely available downloadable PDF document.

We are looking to secure £150,000, although the project has commenced using the surplus funding that was made from the Asbestos in Soil conference in November 2011 and from organisations that have already committed funds.

If the full financial targets are met additional training materials will also be developed.

Financial Support has been secured from the following organisations:

Interested in Funding?

If you are interested in help fund the work of the JIWG, please contact: Nicola Harries at nicola.harries@claire.co.uk


 DUST SAMPLING PROTOCOL

SoBRA would like the whole of the land development industry (contractors. consultants and site owners) to get involved in an industry wide initiative to provide dust sampling data from site works. Many practitioners already undertake routine dust sampling; all we are asking is for you to provide the results of these samples to SoBRA anonymously. The results will be collated into a larger open access database to help the development of a risk assessment model which will feed into the Joint Industry Working Group Asbestos in Soil. To ensure that the dust samples are taken in a uniform way, SoBRA has produced a sampling protocol to assist.

The dust sampling protocol is supported by an equivalent protocol for asbestos fibre in air monitoring and the use of both protocols in parallel is encouraged where possible so that the open access UK-specific empirical database that SoBRA is developing can be as comprehensive as possible.

Completed templates should be sent to Simon Cole (simon.cole@urs.com).


SCA BLUE BOOK METHOD - The determination of asbestos in soil and associated materials

The SCA Blue Book Method for the determination of asbestos in soil and associated materials is currently being prepared. It is due for publication in Autumn 2016.  For further information please contact: Hazel Davidson (hazel.davidson@dets.co.uk)

 


Decision Support Tool for the Categorisation of Work Activities Involving Asbestos in Soil and Construction & Demolition Materials in accordance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 : v2 July 2016 

This spreadsheet tool provides the user with a decision support platform designed by the Joint Industry Working Group to assist in the categorisation of work with asbestos under CAR2012, and supports the JIWG Industry Guidance on the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 - Interpretation for Managing and Working with Asbestos in Soil and Construction & Demolition Materials (2016) - CAR-SOILTM. The spreadsheet should be used in conjunction with the guidance in this publication.

Please note: This file is in xlsm format (xls with macros) and has been compressed as a zip file. Please unzip before use.  The file works with Excel 2010 onwards for PC.

- version 2

Decision Support Tool for the Qualitative Risk Ranking of Work Activities and Receptors Involved in or Exposed to Asbestos in Soil and Construction & Demolition Materials : v2 February 2017

This spreadsheet tool provides the user with a decision support platform designed by the Joint Industry Working Group to assist in the risk-rank activities and receptors as part of a preliminary risk assessment under CLR11.

The aim of developing this tool is to provide industry with a consistent decision making format that is aligned with UK health & safety and environmental regulatory policies, and is consistent with the wider objectives of the JIWG.


Please note: This file is in xlsm format (xls with macros) and has been compressed as a zip file. Please unzip before use. The file works with Excel 2010 onwards for PC.

- version 2

 


Meeting Notes of Joint Industry Working Group (JIWG)


Meeting Notes of EA, HSE & JIWG Representatives

Representatives of the Joint Industry Working Group (JIWG) meet with representatives from the EA and HSE to work together on bringing clarification on a number of regulatory issues that will help underpin the development of the industry code of practice. This work will help clarify issues relating to the application of some of the legislation as it is currently being applied to regulations to asbestos in soil, construction and demolition materials. The meeting notes are available below: