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Asbestos in soil and made ground: a guide to understanding and managing risks (including Errata August 2014)

Publication C733

CIRIA, 2014
Asbestos in soil and made ground: a guide to understanding and managing risks (including Errata August 2014)

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Provides practical guidance for assessing and managing sites that contain soils or made ground potentially contaminated by asbestos. Part 1 of the guide looks at current legislation and policy and explains the different types, uses and products that have developed over the years. Summarises the known effects of exposure to human health. Reviews existing national and international guidance and explores compliance with the Control of asbestos regulations 2012 (CAR) through risk assessments, licensing and training requirements. Looks at different factors to be considered when assessing the risks of the release of fibres from asbestos containing soils (ACSs). Parts 2 covers risk management including the principles of risk assessment, soil sampling and analysis, air monitoring and analysis, exposure assessment. Also looks at risk estimation and evaluation, remediation and communication.


Based on research project RP961. See also the companion document SP168: Asbestos in soil and made ground: a guide to understanding and managing risks: ready reference (CIRIA, 2014). See also: C765 Asbestos in soil and made ground good practice site guide (CIRIA, 2017). Errata August 2014 - correction for page 110 has been issued.




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CIRIA was formerly known as the Construction Industry Research and Information Association. They are a member-based research and information organisation who publish reports and technical papers covering building and civil engineering as well as transport and utilities infrastructure.



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