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Soil Vapour Assessment

Soil vapour assessment is the investigation of volatile contaminants (i.e. substances that easily evaporated at normal temperatures) present in soils, that pose a risk to human health when inhaled. Volatile contaminants such as petroleum hydrocarbons and chlorinated solvents may be released to the subsurface environment through accidental spills, leaking of underground tanks and unregulated burial […]

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Indoor Air Quality – Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Background Little is known on the quality of indoor ambient air within our office place, schools and even our own homes. As such, people take for granted that the ambient air that we breathe within our work and home environment is safe. Sources Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are chemicals that vaporise at room temperature from […]

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Mould in Buildings

Mould is an organic and active fungal growth that can develop into a health hazard within buildings under wet conditions. Mould will thrive in damp, dark environments and typically within areas with poor ventilation. These conditions are often found within ceiling spaces, kitchens, bathrooms, basements or indoor areas where moisture build up or water inundation has occurred. Mould can release allergic or even toxic irritant spores and can cause […]

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Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs) – A Contaminant of Emerging Concern

PFCs are now emerging as a contaminant of concern in soils. PFCs are broadly distributed and persistent in the environment and the vast majority of living people from industrialised nations have detectable concentrations of PFCs in their blood. Elevated levels of PFCs in blood have been linked to a number of health effects. These range […]

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Illegal dumping of Contaminated Soil/Waste

Illegal dumping of Contaminated Soil or Waste – The very serious criminal offence What is illegal dumping? “Illegal dumping is the placement of waste onto private or public land where no license or approval exists to accept such waste. It varies from small bags of rubbish in an urban environment to larger scale dumping of […]

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