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Contaminated Ground

Hazard Related Topics

If a site has been previously used for an industrial process it may well be contaminated and give rise to health risks. Examples of possible contaminants are Acids, alkalis, metals, solvents, gases, asbestos, micro organisms, and toxic, flammable and/or explosive substances. Such areas may have to be cleared and full details of the nature, extent and level of such contamination must be entered in the Construction Phase Plan in order that contractors may assess the risks to health and the precautions that may be necessary. The designer should examine the possibility of siting the structure away from the contaminated parts of the site which will allow the contamination to be sealed in and the area used for car parking etc. In addition any remaining contaminated land risks should be recorded in the Health & Safety File.