10 years since their original publication, the WA Guidelines for the Assessment, Remediation and Management of Asbestos-Contaminated Sites are undergoing a 2020 update.
The original guidelines are widely respected for pioneering consistent procedures and protocols to quantify and manage asbestos in soil. At the time of their publication, most adopted asbestos management standards related to asbestos safety in the workplace, rather than its management as a contaminant in the environment. The National Environment Protection Council endorsed the Western Australia protocols within the National Environment Protection (Assessment of Site Contamination) Measure 2013 – a testament to the need for a practical and standardised approach to managing asbestos in soil.
The draft guidelines (released in November 2019) contain the following distinct updates:
Authors of the draft have expressed that intended outcomes for the guidelines are to allow innovation, greater engagement, more effective risk communication and smarter remediation.
Comments and enquiry submissions are due by 6 March 2020 with an estimated mid-year release date.
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