There are many types of hazardous materials still present throughout Australian built environments, including silica, formaldehyde, man-made mineral fibres, wood preservatives, mercury, cadmium and many others.
Asbestos, lead and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are the most common materials presenting risks to human health in the built environment, but others can be found as building materials, surface finishes and within plant & equipment. Manufacturing and industrial processes may use hazardous materials, or generate them as by products.
Hazardous substances and materials may present an immediate risk to human health, long term adverse health effects, or be damaging to the natural environment.
For a broad range of hazardous substances and materials, our Occupational Hygienists & Environmental Toxicologists can assist with identification, measurement & monitoring, risk assessment and recommendations for management or remediation. If you have concerns regarding a specific substance or material, or require a broad based assessment of the workplace to identify potential hazards, contact our consultants to find out how we can help.