Enviromental damage on a construction project

Enviromental damage on construction projects

As a property developer there are many things you will have to consider

It’s not just finance or construction there is a lot of legislation as well

A significant piece refers to Enviromental damage

There are many things you have to consider when you are planning to set up a site

You must consider if your refurb/ development project poses any harm to the enviroment. Most importantly you have to understand that any spillage of a substance, however small, can cause harm to the environment.

Why are spillages dangerous?

A spillage will either seep directly into the ground and ultimately into a water course or flow directly into a water course via a surface drain. Spillages leaking into the ground contaminate the soil and can lead to harm to flora and fauna. Spillages that enter a water course can unsettle or even permanently damage the ecological balance of a river

One of the main hazards on a site is diesel used for mobile generators. These should always have a spillage kit with them. If diesel is accidentally split, a spillage kit will be able to limit the amount of enviromental damage it causes. Where a spillage does occur then it is important to act immediately to contain it and preventing it leaking into the surface drainage. Make sure you know where spillage kits are stored. Make sure you know how to use the spillage kit. Always dispose of the recovered spillage as hazardous waste correctly

Spillages are caused by:

  • Hoses in poor condition bursting
  • Joints not tightened leaking
  • Overfilling tanks causing spillage
  • Filling up tanks in windy conditions and not using a funnel

Spillages can be avoided by:

  • Planned maintenance
  • Pre-use inspections.
  • Following filling instructions
What other things can cause enviromental damage?

Cement can cause serious damage to the enviroment. Therefore, care must be taken when cleaning out cement mixers, and the contents must never be tipped on the ground. They should be emptied into a wheelbarrow and the contents poured in a skip

Paint should not be poured down drains, excess paint should be put in the skip or disposed of at a recycling centre

If concrete is spilled on the pavement when being moved from a concrete lorry it must not be swept into the drains. It must be shoveled up and thrown in a skip

And as for Asbestos dont even think of disposing of it with general site waste. Asbestos must be removed and disposed of by a licensed contractor

If you get caught polluting the environment the authorities will come down hard on you

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