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How to do a contamination inspection and assessment

April 19, 2021 1:53 pm

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Before you can carry out a contamination risk assessment in the UK, you need to identify the likely risks to a new construction site. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) publishes a series of guidelines and instructions on how to do this. This is important as you don’t want to take any risks with health. These guidelines and instructions are also included in the Construction Management Plan (CPM), which should be produced for each site before construction commences. You will need to ensure that your employees, whether agency or permanent, adhere to these procedures. For more details on Remediation Contractors, visit Soilfix

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Once you have identified the contaminants likely to be present on your site, it is time to carry out a contamination risk assessment. There are two main methods used in this step – passive sensors and active sensors. Each detects the presence of contaminants and then informs workers on where to find them. A passive sensor is linked to a hose and then sends readings to a central computer, where a report on the contaminant concentration is emailed to the project manager.

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If the materials being used in your construction are not compliant with UK regulations, you need to know how to carry out a contamination risk assessment. In order to decide whether the material being used is suitable, you need to consider what could happen if it is improperly designed. If you were to find that the material was unfit for purpose, you would need to remove it and then re-plan the project to ensure it meets the current regulations. Your company would incur financial and legal costs, if you fail to comply with current Health & Safety Regulations.

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