If you have bought or even rented land for industrial purposes, then you must ensure that it is free from any contamination as the risk to your workers, your business and your bank balance can be high if the correct procedures are not followed initially.
In the majority of cases, there is minimal risk from contaminated land, and even those where higher levels of contamination have been discovered can be redeveloped safely.
However, unless the site has been tested and assessed, a diagnosis cannot be made. Contaminants come in many shapes and forms: agricultural pollution, gases, water contamination and soil contamination are just a few examples.
Human health can be compromised if people are exposed to contamination through dust, soil contact or pollutants in the water supply.
Land is at a premium in the UK and many companies are looking towards brownfield land to redevelop. Brownfield land compromises either urban or rural areas that are no longer used. This land is often contaminated and needs to be assessed thoroughly in order to bring it back into beneficial use.
Cleaning up contaminated land
Local authorities are bound to assess land within their remit under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) 1990. This requires them also to identify the persons responsible, be it the original polluters or the current landowners.
If the land is posing a risk to health, then it is up to those responsible to clean it up. Depending upon the type of contamination, there are numerous solutions ranging from re-mediation of land to treating soil and water in situ.
The Environmental Testing Company can identify and isolate the source and arrange solutions that can eradicate the problem cost efficiently, so contact us now to discuss your problem areas.