Seamus Lefroy-Brooks, LBH Wembley Geotechnical & Environmental and chairman of the Association of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Specialists. This paper was first published in GE’s May 2013 issue.
The Association of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Specialists (AGS) is active in establishing industry guidance for dealing with asbestos in soils. A turning point was a conference organised by CL:Aire in association with the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) at the Manchester Conference centre in November 2011, which for the first time brought together asbestos management, occupational hygiene and brownfield management sectors to discuss the issues.
In the wake of this the AGS started to consider what interim guidance and advice should be provided for members as a priority in the face of mounting awareness that there was a substantial problem, and are contributing to the work that is currently being undertaken by other groups and associations on this issue.