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ENVIRONMENTAL APPROVALS & MANAGEMENT
ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING & TESTING
ACID SULFATE SOILS
ASBESTOS / HAZARDOUS MATERIALS ASSESSMENT
AIR QUALITY SERVICES
Securing environmental approval is one of the most critical components of successful project delivery. Depending on the nature of your project there may be a requirement to secure approval at a local, state or federal level, obtain permits or licensing for high risk activities or emissions and also the requirement to monitor and audit performance.
We are capable of securing all environmental approvals for your project under the following state and federal legislation:
Through in-house capability (or where required, specialist sub-consultants), Western Environmental is able to address all the components of your project, which may include consideration of one or more of the following disciplines:
We offer a complete range of services to secure environmental approvals for our clients, including:
Once approvals are secured, we offer a complementary range of services which ensure you meet the management and reporting obligations under your approval, which include:
Robust and reliable environmental data is at the heart of every well-managed project. The collection of useful environmental data is a highly specialised process involving the design of monitoring systems, deployment of complex instrumentation and adherence to recognised procedural standards and guidelines.
We are also capable of undertaking all types of environmental monitoring, either through in-house capability, or where required via specialist sub-consultants. We offer the following environmental monitoring and testing services:
Site contamination is defined as “an impact to soil, groundwater or air which presents a significant risk to human health or the environment”. Site contamination assessment needs to be administered by a qualified environmental practitioner familiar with all the necessary requirements in order to ensure proper assessment and confidence in outcomes.
Our range of assessment services are delivered by highly qualified and industry-recognised experts, which ensures time and cost effective assessment of your project. Our services include:
If a site is subject to significant environmental impact, it must be appropriately managed to mitigate risks to environmental and human health. Western Environmental are industry leaders in contamination management, drawing on over 50 years of specialised scientific and engineering experience across a broad range of projects and contamination profiles, including:
Our range of remediation services include:
Acid Sulfate Soils (ASS) are naturally occurring soils and sediments that exist in low-lying and coastal areas which cause significant impact if disturbed during site development.
Western Environmental draws on the considerable experience of senior personnel with backgrounds in both private industry and government regulation to provide you with the best quality advice for your specific project, including;
Our range of services are delivered by highly qualified and industry-recognised experts, which ensures time and cost effective management of your project, including:
Western Environmental is a leading environmental consultancy providing a range of inspection and investigation services to identify hazardous materials, including asbestos. Our approach and services are extensive and include the initial sampling and analysis for asbestos and hazardous materials, ongoing compliance, risk management and project management of remediation.
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SURVEY
A Hazardous Materials Survey comprises an inspection and report on building structures for materials likely to be hazardous to human health and the environment. Hazardous materials identified through our survey can include but are not limited to:
A Hazardous Materials Survey fulfils your obligations as a building manager or owner by:
WHAT IS ASBESTOS?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring substance that was extracted as fibres and added to products or other materials. In Western Australia, asbestos was extensively used in buildings and other products into the 1980s. Crocidolite asbestos, primarily used in asbestos-cement products, was extensively mined at Wittenoom until the mine ceased operation in 1966. Imported amosite asbestos was also used in these products until 1984, and chrysotile asbestos until 1987.
Asbestos is no longer being produced, as it can cause serious health issues. Asbestos itself can be carcinogenic; fibres can be released from disturbed materials, and these can be inhaled and remain in the lungs forever. These fibres can cause health problems later in life, such as lung scarring, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. However, these typically only occur after prolonged exposure, so while avoidable interactions are not healthy, if asbestos is properly managed the health risks may be avoided.
Contaminant asbestos can be in a range forms, sizes and degrees of deterioration and can be divided into three groups: Asbestos Containing Material (ACM), Fibrous Asbestos (FA) and Asbestos Fines (AF).
The common use of asbestos as a building material until the mid to late 1990s means it is regularly identified in buildings that were constructed or renovated prior to this time.
Regulation 5.43 of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 requires that the employer, main contractor, self-employed person or person in control of the workplace identifies the presence and location of asbestos at the workplace and assesses the health risks. This needs to be in accordance with the Code of Practice for Management and Control of Asbestos in Workplaces [NOHSC: 2018(2005)]. This information is to be recorded in an Asbestos Register. If the ACM presents a health risk, the employer or person in control of the workplace has a duty of care under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 to implement controls.
The Asbestos Register is used to communicate the hazard before work commences and a safe system of work must be used for tasks that may disturb ACM. The Asbestos Register and associated risk assessments must be reviewed at least every three years. Warning signs and labels supplement the information on an Asbestos Register and must be used as part of a safe system of work.
ASBESTOS IN SOIL
The legacy of many old building materials containing asbestos, combined with urban redevelopment and implementation of the Contaminated Sites Act 2003 (CS Act), has resulted in asbestos-contaminated sites becoming an important health risk and management issue. ACM in soil is the most common form of asbestos site contamination in Western Australia due to its historical widespread use as uncharacterised fill material for site landscaping, dumping as debris on vacant or development sites and inadequate removal and disposal of asbestos products during building demolitions. Degradation and subsequent dissemination of asbestos material has required many sites to be subject to contamination assessment and management in accordance with DoH (2009) Asbestos Guidelines. Adherence to these guidelines will help avoid costly and unnecessary delays associated with such activities including any redevelopment projects.
HAZARDOUS MATERIAL AND ASBESTOS SURVEYS
ASBESTOS IDENTIFICATION AND INVESTIGATION
ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT PLANS
ASBESTOS REMOVAL PROGAMS
ASBESTOS IN SOIL INVESTIGATIONS
Western Environmental Pty Ltd (WEPL) offers a comprehensive level of experience and technical competence in the assessment and management of ambient air quality and occupational air quality in Western Australia.
Air quality is important to us all, and poor air quality affects both human health and the environment in exterior and interior (enclosed) spaces, such as home and workplaces. Air pollution occurs when the air contains substances that can affect or even injure humans and animals, or damage plants or materials. Air toxics can be in the form of gaseous, aerosol or particulate pollutants.
With combined monitoring and testing experience of over 50 years, WEPL can offer customised, practical and innovative solutions to air monitoring requirements for investigation, regulatory compliance or commitment to best practice principles. WEPL specialise in ambient and occupational air quality monitoring for a variety of sectors, including infrastructure projects, industrial and commercial activities, land development projects, agricultural, port and mining operations.
All sampling and analysis is undertaken in accordance with relevant legislation and guidance documents including: National Environment (Ambient Air Quality) Measure (2003), Department of Environment and Regulation, Australian Standards, USEPA, NOHSC, WorkSafe, OSHA and NIOSH.
Our air quality monitoring and management capabilities include the following.
VAPOUR INTRUSION MONITORING
AMBIENT AIR QUALITY MONITORING & MANAGEMENT
OCCUPATIONAL HYGIENE AND MONITORING
INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Mine closure planning aims to ensure resource industry activities are designed, operated, closed, decommissioned and rehabilitated in an ecologically sustainable manner, consistent with agreed environmental outcomes and end land-uses and without unacceptable liability to the State of Western Australia. Knowledge gaps that limit the development of final rehabilitation strategies are often present, such as:
WEPL can assist to overcome these knowledge gaps for your site, ensuring that the right information is obtained before mining commences and that adequate planning continues throughout the life of the mine until final closure and relinquishment to enable better environmental outcomes and avoid the need for costly remedial earthworks late in the project lifecycle.
WEPL team of in-house environmental professionals and specialist sub-consultants have considerable experience undertaking the range of activities needed to rehabilitate a mine site in order to be (physically) safe to humans and animals, (geo-technically) stable, (geo-chemically) non-polluting/non-contaminating, and capable of sustaining an agreed post-mining land use, including investigations related to: