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Dangers of Asbestos in Soil on Brownfield Sites

The common use of asbestos–containing products in the construction of buildings in the 70s & 80s may still haunt us.

As brownfield sites are used for new construction there is a risk of disturbing dormant asbestos fibres and releasing them into the atmosphere. Whilst in the ground the fibres are not dangerous.

Guidance has recently been given by the Construction Industry Research and Information Association confirming that asbestos materials were not likely removed following demolition. Damping down is a good way of restricting the release of fibres but the risk remains if dampened asbestos in soil is then brought into an environment in which it dries, for instance on muddy boots.

A Code of Practice is needed and hopefully one may be published in early 2015.

Simon Allen is an Asbestos Compensation Solicitor at Slater and Gordon in London.

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