Asbestos In Soil
Sephira Environmental can help determine if soil on your property has an asbestos issue. Sampling can be used to identify if soil has been impacted with asbestos-containing material (ACM) or asbestos fibres and fines. New Zealand has not written specific legislation around the management of asbestos in soil, so Australian Guidelines have been adopted by councils. Under the Guidelines for the Assessment, Remediation and Management of Asbestos - Contaminated Sites in Western Australia (May 2009) there is a specific limit of acceptable ACM or fibres and fines that is acceptable in soil. If the concentration of ACM or asbestos fibres and fines is below this limit, you may not need to do anything.
The management or disposal of asbestos-impacted soil can be cumbersome and expensive. When disposal costs increase by weight, every square metre counts. By determining through sampling, the extent of contamination, the volume of soil for disposal or area of land that requires management can be reduced, and this can result in substantial cost savings.
After ACM or asbestos-impacted soil has been removed from the ground, it is important to verify that no contamination has been left behind. Councils often require documentation to prove this work has been done thoroughly. Reports must be prepared by suitably qualified and experienced practitioners (SQEP), and Sephira Environmental has all the qualifications to meet this requirement for asbestos-in-soil projects.
Sephira Environmental staff have managed asbestos-in-soil investigations and remediation to satisfy the needs of all stakeholders including landowners, insurance companies, district/city councils, and regional councils. Our understanding of council requirements, landowner cost concerns, and technical aspects of investigation and remediation allow us to keep projects running smoothly, on time and within budgets. As needed, we can assist you with finding a qualified asbestos removalist, air monitoring professional, and a licensed landfill for material disposal, so that your asbestos removal project is done right.