Asbestos in Soils

Land re-use has never been more popular and is key to delivering construction projects. However, many brownfield sites remain contaminated with asbestos (and other hazardous materials), which can include other carcinogens, noxious substances, or even unexploded ordnance. These types of contaminants can cause significant delays to construction work if not assessed/investigated during the early parts of the project and of course pose a high risk to personnel on the ground or in the near vicinity.

Asbestos can find its way into made ground and soils in many different circumstances. These include the historic demolition of buildings containing ACMs, fly-tipped waste, the nature of the business that may have previously occupied a site and previously ineffective remediation of areas that may have been suspected as being contaminated.

Very low concentrations of Asbestos fibres from various forms such as loose fill, insulation, lagging, asbestos insulating board (AIB), cement, etc. may be present in soil and in the made ground and these fibres may not be visible to the naked eye. Analysis of soil provides the accurate quantification of any asbestos fibres present as a percentage of the overall mass. This, in turn, can be equated to the occupational risk and the practices associated with its removal and disposal or re-use.

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    How We Can Help?

    Scopus Asbestos Compliance can partner you towards a solution for the remediation of contaminated land.

    We utilise our experience, industry best practice and a pragmatic approach to formulate and deliver cost-effective solutions for soil remediation. We work with our partners (where required) to assess, investigate, manage or remediate any contaminants found on your site, but specialise ourselves in asbestos contamination.

    We work with clients, developers/architects and their asbestos consultants to assess the risks with a site investigation and provide the solutions required for land remediation. This process includes:

    • Desktop risk assessment, looking at current and historical land use,construction and demolition records.
    • Developing a strategic plan.
    • Site surveys, including sampling strategies, site mapping and sample collation.
    • UKAS accredited qualitative and quantitative analysis of asbestos in soil.
    • Identifying cost-effective site remediation strategies.
    • Management of removal works and disposal.


    • Historic Research from Trusted Experts
    • Site Survey/Sampling with UKAS Laboratory Analysis
    • Detailed Site Survey/Sampling Reports with Recommendations
    • Project Management of Remedial Works
    Asbestos Surveys

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