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Managing Health and Safety on a High Hazards Site

Recent changes in NZ health and safety legislation has led to our industry looking more closely at the potential risks arising from site visits and investigations. Limited information can make the assessment of risk difficult and uncertain. How can we best prepare ourselves when accessing site, often before anyone else has ventured on? The forum did focus on examples of good practice, hazard awareness and associated pitfalls when undertaking our work. ...

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Consenting Groundwater Discharges

The presentation discussed controls on discharges to groundwater from contaminated sites. We did discuss the characteristics of new regional passive discharge rules and the differences and commonalities between them.

A new checklist approach to assessing suitability of sites for passive discharge consenting was also discussed. ...

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Risky Business

Asbestos is an emotive word. The health risk sometimes can be over emphasised, and the guidance confusing. Based on the WA guidelines, changes to environmental legislation have set new concentration levels for asbestos in soil. The traditional 'dig and dump' method isn’t the only way to proceed. ...

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The Biggest Threats & The Greatest Advocates

Community expectations have changed a lot in 25 years. In an era when Presidents tweet and invention is crowd funded, communities have high expectations about project consultation and communication methods. They also know the power they can wield. Community consultation and engagement has always been part of project delivery, but the balance has shifted and getting it wrong can cripple a project. ...

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Investigating PFAS In Aquatic Biota

PFAS impacts in aquatic environments have led to concerns for both ecological and human health risks at numerous sites in Australia. NSW EPA guidance states that if PFAS are detected in surface waters, sampling of edible biota is essential. However there are currently no Australian standards or regulatory guidance in how biota investigations are to be conducted.  ...

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