HSG248 Edition 2 recommends the analyst should be appointed by the client not the removal contractor wherever possible. Clause 1.22, states:
‘It is strongly recommended that the analyst for site clearance certification is independently sourced and employed by the building owner or occupier (ie building client) in control of the premises.’
Clients can appoint an analyst, before, during and after removal works. However, HSG248 Edition 2 states that the analyst should be involved from early in the process to help design the project and agree the outcome; this is critical on more complex projects. This is the main and crucial difference in the new HSG248 guidance, compared to the previous edition.
HSG 248 Edition 2 also suggests that the process should be client & consultant led from the start of project to the end of project, and not contractor led as has previously often been the case.
Benefits of appointing the analyst during removal works, and not just at the end of a project, include air monitoring data being collected throughout the works to demonstrate evidence of working practises being effective and safe, as well as ensuring control measures are consistently maintained and highlighting any concerns, problems or safety concerns during works.
The analyst can then use this information to clarify reasons or circumstances for negative occurrences, problems on site or during removal works and provide evidence and solutions to problems that have arisen.Contact Us