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Asbestos in Soil

Michael D Joyce Associates LLP provides a full assessment services to identify the presentce of asbestos in soils and the ground.

Both The Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2005 and The Special Waste Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004, require that any waste having an asbestos content greater then 0.1% weight/weight (w/w) is classified as Hazardous Waste. Any waste with an asbestos content of less than 0.1% w/w can be classed as non-hazardous waste, unless there are other contaminants present which would make the waste hazardous.

Where fibrous asbestos is present at concentrations greater than 0.001%, these can be considered to pose a risk to human health and must be dealt with as hazardous soils for disposal purposes. Where the asbestos is deemed to be of a fibrous nature, as is the case here, the HSE require that the handling of the material is undertaken by a suitably licensed company. The Carriage of Dangerous Goods (etc) Regulations 2009 (CDG2009) applies.