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Queensland and NSW Laboratory assess asbestos contamination in soil

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According to Queensland and NSW Laboratory , managing asbestos contamination in soil can be a complex process. Depending on the location of the site, the volume of soil involved and the current status of the works being conducted at the site, it is crucial that specialist managers of asbestos soil contamination are engaged immediately. Failure to do so can result in costs and implications for the site owner.

As soon as asbestos is identified in the soil at a particular site, the site should be shut down and access restricted to all personnel. Queensland and NSW Laboratory can manage the assessment and validation process after the identification of asbestos in the soil and can:

  • Conduct NATA accredited sampling and analysis of materials
  • Assess the extent and scale of contamination
  • Determine the appropriate regulatory authority and notify all relevant stakeholders
  • Implement management procedures so as to ensure that occupational risks are addressed and managed
  • Communicate all associated risks to unions, stakeholders, employees and relevant persons
  • Assess the most cost effective way of re-mediating the site (such as disposal of soil, screening, capping and burial) in accordance with the relevant regulatory requirements
  • Advise on accredited and approved asbestos removal contractors in the area
  • Determine the scope of remediation and tender documents (if required)
  • Supervise the removal and/or remediation of the asbestos contaminated soil
  • Conduct air monitoring where required and ensure no contaminants mobilise off site uncontrolled
  • Ensure that all stakeholders act efficiently in addressing the risk
  • Sign off on the site to allow access to contractors and the public after the asbestos remova


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