Contamination is the condition of land or water where any chemical substance or waste has been added at above acceptable background levels and represents, or potentially represents, an adverse health or environmental impact.
Prevent Contamination with these steps below:
• Chemical handling and storage- Store hazardous materials including fuel, oils and chemicals, in correctly segregated, covered areas so that accidental spills cannot reach stormwater drains or soil. Be sure that all containers have their lids on, are in good condition and are clearly labelled.
• Chemical spills- Train staff to take extra precautions when handling hazardous liquids, create an emergency spill response procedure in the event of a chemical spills, keep spill clean-up equipment and material in a useful, easy to find area, clearly labelled and ready for use.
• Building and site management- Obtain all required permits and licenses, and maintain compliance with their conditions, keep your premises and grounds free from litter and waste materials, ensure drains and collection pits are clear of debris, train staff and display signage about the hazards of chemical use.
• Waste management- Ensure your wastes are stored in proper containers, labeled properly and sent to proper
Did you know?
Land contamination can devalue your property, surrounding properties and risk your health and the health of others near your property. Take appropriate action when committing to any activities that could cause contamination risking prosecution and expensive clean up costs.