‘The guidance has been updated to take account of findings from Health and Safety Executive (HSE) interventions and developments in analytical procedures and methodology. It provides clarification on technical and personal safety issues, especially in relation to sampling and 4-stage clearances. New information on sampling soils for asbestos is included.
The guidance is designed to assist analysts in complying with their legal obligations. The publication should also be useful to asbestos consultants, occupational hygienists, safety professionals, asbestos removal contractors, building owners, and facilities managers.’
You can view or download it here: https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg248.htm
FAAM Registrar and Gully Howard Technical MD, Jonathan Grant says: “It’s an important & long-awaited step which will hopefully provide more assurance for those who have property which contains asbestos and for the general public. Many of the changes have been anticipated & HSE has been exhaustive in consulting over the changes. The Faculty will be reaching out to analysts to offer support & ensure that the standards in the Guide turn into better practice.”