Avoiding Contamination Onsite

Avoiding any type of man-made contamination into the natural environment is very important for the habitat itself and the animals that live in it.

Construction sites should ensure that efforts are made to monitor and contain hazardous materials and to reduce, or prevent, harmful spills.

Examples of how sites have avoided contamination into the local environment include:

  • A bunded area was set up within the site compound for all refuelling. Spillage and cleaning equipment was also contained within this area with a 10 step-procedure board displayed;
  • Two operatives were selected to be specially trained in cleaning up any spillages. These operatives were clearly identifiable;
  • The site created a paintbrush cleaning station to prevent contamination;
  • Site machinery was stored on protective nylon sheets to prevent soil contamination;
  • There was full control of COSHH materials and secure storage;
  • Emergency spill kits were in place.

Harmful spills should always be planned for, even when there is no actual fuel, oil or hazardous liquids stored on site. Site managers should always pre-empt that any vehicles or equipment visiting the site could cause an issue.

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CCS, Site Registration Examples of Best Practice Brochure, 2014 Skanska, El Totoral, Chile, 'Green Aspects' Marine Wharf, first Monitor Site Report, June 2014

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