Contamination using various chemicals can result in a large amount of damage to the natural environment and can lead to health hazards being developed which can compromise the health and immune system of any person that meets the contaminated land. A contaminated land assessment is an extensive procedure that assesses the number of contaminants that might be present in a particular site weather, they be present in the groundwater supply that is prevalent in that region or, contaminants that are present in the soil itself. Building upon a contaminated site can result in contamination being transferred to the water supply and even in the plants that grow in the contaminated soil. This can have adverse impacts on the health and quality of life for people that are living on that building site and can result in various health complications as well as result in life threatening conditions such as cancerous growths. A contaminated land assessment is the key to ensure that a particular building site is free from different contaminants that might be hazardous to the people that will occupy in the construction site in the future.
Remedial Measures for Contaminated Land
A contaminated land assessment is also the first step in providing remedial measures to remove the contaminants from a particular building site or a particular plot of land. This is because the contaminated land assessment not only identifies the different types of contaminants that might be present in that construction site, but it also identifies the levels of contaminants that are present in that construction site. This allows for careful planning of different remedial measures that can be undertaken to reduce the level of contaminants to a level that they will not interfere with the daily life of the people that are living on that plot of land. A professional business needs to be consulted for carrying out a contaminated land assessment as deep knowledge of ground geology as well as the different governing principles of contaminated land assessment need to be present so that the contaminants and their levels can be identified correctly as well as quickly. Realising that a particular construction site is contaminated can result in a large amount of hassle for the organisation that owns that plot of land and wants to use it for developmental purposes as they will have to go through the procedure of de-contaminating the land to make sure that it is fit for human occupation. Therefore, many individuals as well as organisations look to carry out a contaminated land assessment before finalising it deal on a particular plot of land. This allows the buyer to have the confidence that their plot of land that they are buying is not contaminated with harmful chemicals which might be hazardous to human life.
Airborne Particles of Asbestos
Contamination as well as other health risks may also be present in refurbishment projects as many old buildings tend to use asbestos for insulation purposes. Although, asbestos provides respectable thermal insulation for buildings, what was not known at the time when asbestos was used extensively in building installations was that asbestos has extremely potent carcinogenic properties. This allows the material to promote cancerous growths inside the human body as the particles of asbestos can become airborne because of continued wear and tear that is associated with any structure. This problem is even more profound when carrying out refurbishment projects on old buildings which are known to have asbestos installed in them. During the refurbishment process, walls and other structural members need to be broken which can present a risk of making asbestos airborne because of damage to the existing asbestos that is present inside the walls of the building. Here, the service of asbestos air monitoring becomes extremely beneficial as the levels of contaminated asbestos that is present in the air can be monitored and adequate measures can be taken to keep members of the construction team safe. Exposure to airborne particles of asbestos can lead to lung cancer as the express those particles can easily find their way into the lungs of the people that are close by. Asbestos air monitoring can provide project managers with the data that is necessary to keep the site safe and to comply with local environmental regulations which prevent the disposal of asbestos in a conventional manner. Special companies need to be hired which specialise and hazardous waste removal to dispose of asbestos in a controlled and sustainable manner.