Trained and experienced analyst fined over asbestos air clearance cert

An asbestos analyst has been fined after he falsified an asbestos air clearance certificate, following licensed asbestos removal in Manchester in November 2015.

Greater Manchester Magistrate heard how the well-trained asbestos analyst with 29 years of experience, was contracted to carry out the final inspection and air testing, following asbestos removal at a construction site in central Manchester.

HSE investigators told the court that the analyst failed to carry out a suitable inspection of the site and had not carried out the correct amount of air sampling contrary to his report. HSE added that “in effect, he deliberately falsified his report and so his published results could no longer be relied upon”.

Massive abuse of the trust

The defendant pleaded guilty to breaching Section 7(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £2000 and ordered to pay costs of £3905.73

HSE inspector Matthew Greenly said after the hearing:

“Asbestos analysts play a vital role in ensuring that areas are safe to enter after asbestos is removed. He sadly chose on this occasion to falsify his records which was a massive abuse of the trust placed in him by the client.

This deliberate act increased the risk of numerous people potentially being exposed to asbestos”