Asbestos Testing Allays the Concerns of Locals
As part of a larger contamination investigation and assessment for the residential development of a former power station, asbestos testing was undertaken.
Anecdotally, asbestos containing materials (ACMs) arising from the decommissioning of the former power station had been encapsulated in a buried concrete chamber.
Concerns were raised by locals and the local authority about how safe this was and whether the proposed development would endanger the general public, end users and construction workers.
Intensive asbestos investigation and assessment, undertaken in accordance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR, 2012) and which included asbestos quantification testing, identified that the proposed remedial strategy to mitigate other contaminants at the site, which included raising the site levels and capping with inert soil, would also protect from the low levels of asbestos recorded in the soil., with no further measures required protect end users.
The asbestos testing also enabled safe methods of working to be determined for construction workers.