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  • Climate Change And The NSW Fires 13/11/2019 - With the current bushfires making their way through NSW at the moment, there has been a lot of public discussion on whether or not climate change is responsible for such a strong fire before summer has even hit. As environmental site assessment experts, we’ve had to deal with fire-damaged properties, so we thought we’d take …
  • Convincing Others To Care About The Environment 10/10/2019 - It’s not easy when the people around you seem to not care about the environment. It can even be frustrating, at times. With the current state that our planet is in, it’s more important than ever for people to actively care about the environment and be conscious about their impact on it. In today’s guide, …
  • 5 Ways Climate Change Is Affecting Soil 2/10/2019 - Climate change is an ever-present and ever-growing threat. It’s changing our environmental landscape and affecting the natural balance of the world. One of the way’s it’s doing this is by affecting our soil. Good soil is essential for humans as it allows us to grow food. The better the quality of soil, the healthier the food is. …
  • 6 Ways To Update Your Office (Without Renovating) 25/9/2019 - If you work in an office then it’s where you spend quite a lot of your time. A dull office can blunt your creative spirits at times and even demotivate you. But the good news is, that can be easily fixed. By rearranging and updating your office you can completely transform it – without the need for …
  • Why Environmental Site Assessments are Beneficial 4/9/2019 - Environmental site assessments are highly beneficial and important procedures in the environmental consulting world. Whenever you have purchased or come into ownership of a bit of land that you are planning on building on, it is advised that you consider an environmental site assessment. We’ve looked at environmental site assessments in the past, but in today’s blog, …
  • Making A Positive Change: Soil Conservation Initiatives Around The World 22/8/2019 - Soil conservation is an important crucial activity. In its simplest form, the conservation of soil involves preventing erosion and fertility loss. If soil becomes eroded and loses its fertility, then plants will be unable to receive the adequate nutrients that they require and will be unable to grow. Some several organisations and initiatives operate all …
  • Groundwater FAQs 1/8/2019 - Groundwater is a body of water that occurs naturally beneath the surface of the earth. It feeds into all other natural bodies of water such as rivers and lakes and makes up approximately 20% of the freshwater reserves in the world. Today we’ll be addressing some of the more frequent queries that are asked of …
  • 7 Hazardous Chemicals That May Be Present On Your Worksite 20/6/2019 - One of the more dangerous parts of working on a site is the possibility that there may be hazardous chemicals lurking around. These chemicals could cause you or your workers serious harm – and in most cases, you won’t be able to detect them without a proper environmental site assessment. These can halt the production …
  • How To Test Your Soil At Home (And Why It’s Important) 13/6/2019 - Conducting a soil assessment is not a hard task. It may seem like a futile activity, and you may not care about the quality of your soil. But, in today’s blog, we’re going to explain to you why it’s important to know the quality of your soil and also how you can do it yourself …
  • 7 Common Misconceptions About Soil 30/5/2019 - Soil is a material that makes up the majority of the land area of our planet. It is a loose material made up of both organic and inorganic matter. Soil is what provides plants and flowers with their source of water and nutrients – as well as the structural support they need to grow. There are …
  • How To Reduce Water Waste In Seven Easy Steps 22/5/2019 - Water is a necessity in life. Not only do we need it to survive, but also for day-to-day activities and chores such as washing and plumbing. Water levels are constantly monitored around the world to make sure the threshold is not dropped below – which would result in water-bans. There are a lot of ways in …
  • What Is Composting And What Are Some Of The Environmental Benefits Of It? 15/5/2019 - You’ve probably heard the term composting before, but what exactly is it? The truth is, around 50% of what Australians throw into the garbage on a daily basis can be used as compost. Compost itself is any form of decaying organic material. This can be used to further grow plants. It’s the ultimate form of …
  • 7 Clever Ways To Improve Soil Health And Quality 29/4/2019 - Soil is one of the most valuable resources on Earth today. In fact, soil almost singlehandedly powers the agriculture and livestock industries, and these key industries are what sustain life as we know it. Unfortunately, soil contamination is a growing issue due to increased industrial activity and constant waste disposal. Once soil has been contaminated, …
  • The Different Types Of Pollution And How They Affect Us 24/4/2019 - When people hear pollution, they generally think of landfills or greenhouse gasses. Whilst these are serious forms of pollution that are affecting our planet, the word pollution goes beyond these common forms. There are actually many different types of pollution out there that affect our planet and its population in their own way. In today’s …
  • Things Most People Don’t Know About Pollution 19/3/2019 - It’s no secret that pollution is fatally harmful to not only our planet but to our personal health as well. The more we progress as a society, the more harmful emissions are being pumped into our environment. There are some pretty obvious causes for pollution that most people know about, such as greenhouse gases and …
  • How To Encourage Environmental Awareness In The Workplace 14/3/2019 - Sometimes it can be hard to get your friends or colleagues onto an environmentally friendly path. There are certain things that people are just used to doing that aren’t the best for the environment and are just hard to drop. But that doesn’t mean you should just give up. Sometimes it’s easier to help them …
  • Debunking 7 Myths About Asbestos 14/3/2019 - It’s no secret that asbestos exposure is harmful to our health – and even potentially deadly. However, although asbestos has been recognised as a dangerous substance, there seems to be a lack of information about its nature. There are many myths currently surrounding asbestos, making it all the more mysterious. While the element of mystery …
  • 5 Ways To Be More Environmentally Conscious 19/2/2019 - The world is a delicate eco-system. We’re at a time where it is more important than ever to be more environmentally aware and know that our actions have consequences and that those consequences affect the environment that we live in. Our environmental consultants want to help educate you on simple ways you become more environmentally …
  • 6 Ways To Combat Groundwater Pollution 25/1/2019 - Groundwater is a naturally occurring water supply that exists beneath the Earth that feeds into rivers, streams and lakes. It makes up approximately 20% of the Earth’s freshwater reserves and is an especially valuable source of water for arid and drought-prone locations. Western Australia and the Northern Territory are two areas that heavily rely on …
  • 19 Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Mould 19/11/2018 - Mould is everywhere. But how much do we really know about it? It often goes unnoticed in corners where we don’t tend to look, yet the fascinating (and potentially deadly) species of fungi is actually quite interesting when you inspect a little closer. That’s why today, we are sharing nineteen of the best facts about …
  • The Advantages of Developing a Brownfield Site 19/9/2018 - A brownfield site refers to any site which has been previously developed and is not currently in use. Melbourne’s inner and outer suburbs are dotted with brownfield sites which have great development potential but are left unused as buyers are often scared off by the possibility of contamination and the costs associated with remediation. However, …
  • After the Fire: The Environmental Hazards Associated with Fire Damage 10/9/2018 -   Last Thursday (30/8/18) Melbourne’s western suburbs were engulfed in a thick cloud of toxic black smoke emanating from a warehouse fire between Tottenham and West Footscray. The blaze, touted as Melbourne’s biggest in decades, is believed to have been fuelled by thousands of improperly stored chemical drums containing harmful substances. Although the blaze has …
  • 11 Ways To Make Your Refurbishment More Eco-Friendly 24/8/2018 - Like demolitions, refurbishments can put immense strain on the surrounding environment. They can also be unsafe for those accessing the site if risks are not handled appropriately. Even after the refurbishment, the site can still affect people and the environment if precautions have not been put into place. With all this in mind, today we …
  • Everything You Need To Know About Getting An Environmental Site Assessment 22/8/2018 - Have you recently purchased or inherited a business or property? Getting an environmental site assessment (ESA) is an essential part of responsibility for owning land. It assures the safety of your employees, the surrounding environment, yourself and your business. It may sound nerve wrecking to get an ESA, it can even feel like a bother. …
  • What Can You Expect From The Demolition Process? 6/8/2018 - When most people think of a demolition process, the image that comes to mind immediately is the big wrecking ball destroying everything in its path. However, that is not the only part involved in a demolition – there are actually a number of steps your demolition team will take before they even reach that stage. …
  • Common Factors that Halt Excavation Projects 3/8/2018 - Basement excavation is becoming an increasingly popular way to manage inner Melbourne’s growing parking needs, but such projects can often be troubled by unexpected costs and delays as work is halted to rectify various unforeseen obstacles. In this article, we’ll be looking at some of the most common factors that halt basement excavation projects and …
  • Your Responsibilities To The Environment As A Business Owner 12/7/2018 - Big or small, your business has an impact on the environment. From noise to chemicals, there are regulations and responsibilities for every kind of waste. If you don’t know what they are, and your business is not up to code, there are serious consequences involved. As a business owner, you are responsible for the people …
  • How You’re Polluting Without Even Realising It 2/7/2018 - We all know that littering is detrimental to the environment, but there are actually many other ways we are constantly polluting. Often, they seem so small that you may not have even considered its effect on the environment. That’s why we’re showing you five ways you might be polluting in today’s blog.   #1: Sweeping …
  • 3 Ozone Depleting Substances You Should Know 22/6/2018 - Simply put, ozone depleting substances are gasses that contribute to global warming by harming the ozone layer. Some of these gases and substances can last in the atmosphere for around 50 years. By damaging the earth’s ozone layer we are less protected from harmful radiation from the sun. In this blog, we sharing what ozone …
  • Ways To Prevent And Reduce Soil Pollution 1/6/2018 - Soil is a resource that humans definitely take for granted. The soil is integral to the process of growing crops and farming animals – i.e. two huge areas of the agricultural sector that are absolutely necessary for human survival. There are even suggestions that soil can positively impact climate change. Despite the evident value of …
  • 8 Things Your Business Can Do To Protect Groundwater 11/5/2018 - Groundwater is an incredibly important resource. Making up around a third of Australia’s water consumption, groundwater supports significant urban and rural areas. In fact, in some rural areas, groundwater is the primary source of water for the surrounding community. Unfortunately, there are many ways in which groundwater can become polluted, and most of them are avoidable or can be reduced, especially in …
  • How Groundwater Gets Polluted 30/4/2018 - Groundwater is a vital Australian resource and in the drier regions, it is the only water source. Just because it is sealed underground doesn’t mean that it is impervious to pollution and contaminants. If it isn’t caught in time polluted can lead to serious health problems like dysentery, hepatitis, and severe poisoning. It can make …
  • A Guide To Post-Flood Mould Control 27/4/2018 - Floods encourage mould growth due to the constant moisture and humidity caused by the water. The resulting mould can actually be quite toxic, so it is important to have a mould control strategy to rely on after your house is flooded. Today, we’ve put together some key steps for mould control after a flood that …
  • The Shocking Effects Toxic Mould Has On Your Health 18/4/2018 - Mould isn’t pretty. That much is obvious. But did you know toxic mould could seriously impact the health of everyone that is exposed to it? There are so many types of mould that could be festering in your home or workplace and you may not even realise it. In this week’s blog, we’re investigating the …
  • The Traumatic History of Asbestos in Australia 9/4/2018 - Australia has a traumatic history with asbestos. To this day we are still dealing with its insidious presence in Australian homes, workspaces and public buildings. Asbestos went from being the ‘miracle fibre of the 20th century’ to ‘devil dust’ that devastated thousands of lives. The second highest rate of Mesothelioma deaths is in Australia – …
  • Why You Should Invest In Office Plants in 2018   15/1/2018 - What’s important to every business owner? While there are certainly a long list of things, at the top of every business owners’ priorities is the health of their employees. Besides from encouraging work health and safety procedures, this is mostly out of their control. However, luckily, there is an easy step you can take to …
  • New Year’s Resolutions To Help The Environment 9/1/2018 - A lot of us make New Year’s Resolutions to improve ourselves. But have you ever considered a resolution that is good for both you and the planet? In this week’s blog, we share some great ways to help the environment this year. 1) Grow our own organic herbs/vegetables The first way to help the planet …
  • Top Environmental Issues In The Workplace 8/12/2017 - Maintaining a safe and healthy workplace is essential for every business. But what are the key environmental issues which are likely to arise in your place of work? Well, in this week’s blog we share the top environmental issues for businesses and what you can do to prevent them from occurring.   1) Poor air quality and ventilation  Bad air …
  • Everything You Need To Know About Demolition  16/11/2017 - Demolitions can be a thrilling part of any construction process. But there are some things you should know about what’s involved in a demolition. So, in this week’s blog, we share five things everyone needs to know before starting a demolition.   1) Call in the experts  The first and most important thing before considering a …
  • Top Four Hidden Places You’ll Find Mould  16/11/2017 - Finding mould is an unpleasant discovery no one wants to make. Yet luckily, there are easy things you can do to remove unwanted mould. In this week’s blog, we discuss the top four hidden places you might find mould in your home.  1) Air Conditioners  With the weather heating up, air conditioners will be on full blast soon. Yet the …
  • How to Green Your Office 24/10/2017 - We all know the importance of implementing measures to create an environmentally-friendly home and school. But have you ever considered greening your office? In this week’s blog, we discuss five easy ways to make your workplace more environmentally friendly.  1) Purchase eco-friendly office products  The first thing you can do in the process to greening your …
  • Asbestosis: Symptoms And Relief  10/10/2017 - Asbestosis is a type of pulmonary fibrosis caused by asbestos exposure. The disease manifests in the lungs. During exposure, asbestos fibres are inhaled and can become lodged in lung tissue. The sharp, straight shaped fibres are difficult for the body to dislodge and expel. After entering and sitting in the body for a long period of time, the fibres can cause irritation, …
  • The Benefits of Renewable Energy  3/10/2017 - Renewable energy, including wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric and biomass, has considerable benefits for our climate, health and economy. Each form of renewable energy has different advantages and costs. In this week’s blog, we look at the overall benefits of renewable energy. Global warming emissions are little to none  Global warming emissions are a significant problem in the …
  • Could Soil Impact The Climate? 19/9/2017 - Climate change is on everyone’s mind these days, and whether or not you agree with this particular scientific theory, it never hurts to do your best to improve the world around you where you can. When it comes to farming and agricultural industries, there appears to be a shift in practices to meet this issue. …
  • Understanding Mould Tests 5/9/2017 - Mould is a type of fungi, and can be found both indoors and outdoors around the home. More than a simple annoyance, mould can have detrimental effects on human health. That’s why it’s so important to identify mould around your home and remove it as soon as it appears. However, it’s not always visible to …
  • 5 Ways To Tell If Your Soil Is Healthy 29/8/2017 - Soil health is an incredibly important measure of sustainability for those whose practices involve soil, and in order to understand the chemical, biological and physical status of our soil, there are several relatively simple ways to assess what exactly is going on down there. Alpha undertakes soil assessment as a fundamental part of its environmental …
  • Groundwater: Myth or Fact? 29/8/2017 - Groundwater is an amazing natural resource across the world; many rely on it for survival. In Australia, we’re especially dependent upon groundwater. But what is groundwater? In this article, we’ll be busting some myths that surround this resource. Groundwater Is Not Connected To Rivers And Lakes This is a myth! Groundwater actually is connected to …
  • How to Deal with Asbestos in the Workplace 25/8/2017 - Finding asbestos in your office is a discovery not to be taken lightly. Although no longer used in construction due to its inherent safety risks, asbestos continues to be an issue for public health. Luckily, there are certain steps and measures you can take to avoid unwanted asbestos exposure in the workplace. In this blog, …
  • The 7 Different Types of Pollution Explained 25/8/2017 - When we think of pollution, we often think of it as a visible problem. The term usually conjures up images of rubbish dumps and oil slicks. Most forms of pollution are invisible to the human eye and come in a variety of different forms. This week, we thought we’d look at the seven major forms …
  • Key Elements of a Phase III Environmental Site Assessment 17/8/2017 - A little while ago, we gave you a summary of Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments. Put simply, Phase I Environmental Site Assessments involve in-depth document research and review, as well as a detailed site visit to evaluate the potential for contamination, and what impact said contamination may have on the environment if present. …
  • The Impact of Asbestos on Human Health and the Environment 3/8/2017 - Once an incredibly common construction material used in the Australian commercial and residential building industries for most of the 20th century, asbestos has since revealed itself to be a silent killer which can have a devastating impact on both the environment and human health. This week, we examine just what those impacts are. Health impacts …
  • All About Household Mould 13/7/2017 - Mould is classified as fungi and grows naturally in many different places, however when mould is left to accumulate indoors, often because of poor ventilation, it can cause significant risks to human health. In this blog we look at some of the key health risks of mould, how to prevent it from growing throughout your …
  • 10 Ways to Make your Workplace More Environmentally Friendly 6/7/2017 - Making an established workplace more environmentally conscious and sustainable can be a daunting prospect for many business owners but making your office greener involves a series of small, simple, and relatively inexpensive steps that can be implemented relatively quickly. This week, we look at ten such steps that businesses can use to begin their journey …
  • 10 Interesting Facts About Soil 23/6/2017 - Alpha’s soil assessment service is one of the core elements of our environmental consultancy. However, soil and the important role it plays in environmental and human health is often overlooked so this week we thought we highlight the importance of maintaining soil quality with these ten facts. Soil is a finite resource Current farming practices …
  • What is the EPA? 19/6/2017 - Without the EPA, Alpha Environmental wouldn’t exist. The chief governing body for environmental compliance in Victoria, the EPA exists to ensure commercial organisations do right by the environment and Alpha Environmental exists to help businesses achieve that. This week, we thought we’d explain in a little more detail what exactly the EPA is, and why …
  • 4 Ways to Participate in World Environment Day 5/6/2017 - Today (June 5th) is World Environment Day, an initiative begun by the United Nations in 1974 to raise worldwide awareness about pressing environmental issues and encourage action. Since it’s inception, WED has played important role raising awareness about a range of environmental issues which are known common knowledge including marine pollution, global warming, and wildlife …
  • Key Causes and Effects of Soil Pollution 25/5/2017 - Soil pollution can have devastating effects on the environment, negatively impacting human, animal and plant health. In this blog, we look at some of the most common contributors to soil contamination, along with its harmful effects. Main causes of soil pollution Industrial activity Industrial activity has huge environmental impacts, one of which being soil contamination. …
  • 2 Historic Asbestos Disasters 23/5/2017 - In 2017, most people are well versed in the dangers of asbestos, but few people are aware of some of the larger scale asbestos disasters which have occurred because of ignorance, error, or negligence. This week we look at two asbestos tragedies which still claim victims to this day. The Wittenoom Tragedy Today the town …
  • 8 Facts About Asbestos 17/5/2017 - Asbestos testing is one of the most common services Alpha Environmental is called upon to provide and it’s little wonder considering the prevalence of asbestos as a building and manufacturing material during the 19th and 20th centuries. This week, we thought we’d look at a few facts you might not know about this deadly fibre. …
  • Key Elements of a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment 3/5/2017 - Earlier in the year, we provided you with a breakdown of what exactly occurs during Phase I environmental site assessments. Basically, a Phase I ESA involves a comprehensive look into the past and present activities of a site to determine the likelihood of contamination. If contamination is found to be present, then the potential impact …
  • The Environmental Impacts of the Oil and Gas Industries 28/4/2017 - The oil and gas industries heavily impact the environment, causing contamination that is devastating to natural flora and fauna, marine life, and human health. If you have a business or piece of land that may have come into contact with oil, either through mining, production, or a spill, it’s important to undertake an environmental site …
  • How to Choose an Environmental Consultant 27/4/2017 - When selecting an environmental consultant for contaminated site investigations and remediation it is vital that you invest the necessary time and effort to choose the most appropriate consultancy for your needs as the quality and results of the assessment undertaken rely on the competency of the consultant. There can be serious social, economic and legal …
  • Why is Post Remediation Verification of Mould Important? 27/4/2017 - If you have had mould remediation conducted at your commercial or domestic premises, you are probably now wondering if it’s safe to move occupants back in or allow business to resume as usual. The Australian Mould Guidelines state that ‘the effectiveness of restoration to contents and remediation work to any large sized job (Building Grade …
  • 3 Historic Environmental Disasters that Affect Australia Today 21/4/2017 - When you think of man-made environmental disasters, the names and places which spring to mind are usually far-flung places like Chernobyl, Bhopal and Fukushima. Whilst these large-scale events might be the ones that make their way into the history books, there are many smaller tragedies that have taken place much closer to home. This week, …
  • The Deadly Impacts of Asbestos 13/4/2017 - Although asbestos has been banned in Australia since 2013, its harmful effects on health are still being felt around the country today. In this blog, we look at the history and impacts of mesothelioma – a deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure – as well as how asbestos exposure occurs, how to avoid it, and …
  • Your Guide to Hazardous Household Waste 31/3/2017 - Most households contain some form of hazardous waste — that is, wastes or products that are potentially harmful to humans or the environment when disposed of –  so it’s important to know how to handle, store and dispose of such materials and substances. By knowing how to properly manage hazardous wastes, minimise your impact on …
  • Signs of Soil Contamination 30/3/2017 - On this blog, we often discuss environmental contamination on the chemical or microbial level, but not all forms of contamination are invisible to the human eye, and soil contamination is one of them. This week, we take a look at six visible signs that there may be contamination present in a soil environment.   Discoloured …
  • All About Groundwater Contamination 3/3/2017 - Groundwater contamination is a common environmental problem in Australia, and is usually the result of poor environmental management, especially in high-density industrial areas. Groundwater contamination occurs for a variety of reasons including poor storage or disposal of industrial waste, and the mixing of rain and industrial chemicals, and can present serious risks to the environment …
  • 5 Occupations at High Risk of Asbestos Exposure 22/2/2017 - While commercial production and use of asbestos have been banned in Australia for over a decade, inadvertent exposure is still a serious problem due to the widespread presence of these highly heat-resistant mineral fibres in building materials found in thousands of established structures across Australia. There are some occupations that put workers at much higher …
  • Key Elements of Phase I Environmental Site Assessments 22/2/2017 - Environmental site assessments are necessary procedures for many new businesses. Their prime directive is to ensure the site is environmentally sound and safe for employees to work on and for others to be around. An environmental site assessment involves studying the past and present onsite activities to determine the likelihood of contamination, and – if …
  • Glossary of Groundwater Management Terms 9/2/2017 - Groundwater management is an important part of the environmental consultancy services we offer, but the range of services and solutions we provide to identify, contain and remediate groundwater contamination can be a little confusing. This week, we thought we’d make our groundwater management solutions a little less opaque with a glossary. Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)/ …
  • A Guide to Environmentally Sound Demolition 19/1/2017 - Demolitions are a large component of refurbishment and redevelopment projects and can often bring up a whole host of environmental issues. In order to conduct an environmentally sound demolition, various measures need to be taken, including an extensive pre-demolition environmental audit, the salvaging and recycling of useful materials, and the proper disposal of waste. In …
  • Alpha Environmental’s Guide to Pesticides 13/1/2017 - Humans have been using pesticides for many thousands of years, with one of the first instances being around 1000 BC when the Chinese used sulfur to control bacteria and mould. Organic and inorganic compounds continued to be used as pesticides for many years, however synthetic chemistry saw rapid advancement in the 1930s, leading to the …
  • 7 Types of Hazardous Materials Commonly Encountered on Demolition Sites 10/1/2017 - Demolishing or refurbishing a building is fraught with potential hazards, not least of all those harmful materials used by builders in decades past. Many of the hazardous materials present in both commercial and residential buildings do not pose a risk to human health until they are damaged or exposed to air and light, so it’s …
  • 10 Interesting Facts About the Environment in Australia 23/12/2016 -  For our last blog in 2016, we thought we’d take a broader approach to looking at why being environmentally responsible is so important in a country like Australia. Often, Australia is held up as having one of the last pristine and truly ‘wild’ landscapes on earth. But in reality, most of Australia’s ecosystems are either …
  • 3 Industrial Groundwater Contamination Disasters 9/12/2016 - Groundwater is something we take for granted and rarely think about. However, groundwater plays a fundamental role in the health of our ecosystems and we rely on the fresh water it provides to drink, bathe in, and use in agriculture. Unfortunately, groundwater is vulnerable to contamination from industrial activities and when this occurs, the results …
  • 10 Facts About Petroleum 9/12/2016 - Few substances have been more important in the progression of civilisation and modern industry as petroleum. However, our reliance on petroleum as an energy source and manufacturing material comes at an enormous cost to the environment, as petroleum is toxic to virtually every form of life, including humans and has a devastating effect wherever it …
  •  The World’s Biggest Pesticide Induced Disasters 28/11/2016 - The wrongful use or overuse of pesticides and herbicides can have huge environmental impacts, and can sometimes even result in devastating man-made environmental disasters. Because of the long-lasting harmful effects of negligent pesticide and herbicide use, and, indeed the accidents associated with their production, it’s important for businesses to engage in thorough environmental site assessment …
  • 5 Disturbing Facts About Pollution in Australia 21/11/2016 - In the popular imagination, Australia is a pristine natural paradise unlike anywhere else in the world. In reality however, Australia is a notorious greenhouse emitter with a long history of polluting and poisoning the wealth of natural resources that surround us. This week, we take a look at five sobering facts about the state of …
  • How to tell if the Mould on your Property is Toxic 10/11/2016 - Mould is a fact of life. In fact, right now, there are probably several hundred different types of mould spores in the air around you. That being said, if there is a significant mould infestation in your property, it can cause a whole range of health issues for the people who work in your building. …
  • Common Misconceptions About Household Mould 10/11/2016 - Humanity has an intimate relationship with fungi and microbes, yet it remains one of the more misunderstood biological kingdoms. Mould is in our homes, in the plants, the soil, and even in the air we breathe. When it comes to mould growth around the home, a lot of what we think we know about mould …
  • Environmental Case Study: 3 Soil Contamination Disasters 24/10/2016 - Man made disasters are a depressingly common event and it takes no more than a Google search to realise that unregulated industrial activity can have a devastating impact on human health and the environment. This week, we take a look at three prominent soil contamination disasters that could have been avoided with proper site management. …
  • Environmental Case Study: 3 Historical Heavy Metal Disasters 18/10/2016 - For many modern businesses, environmental consulting is simply another bureaucratic hoop that they have to jump through before they can move ahead with their activities. However, there is a very good reason why environmental site assessments are such a central part of your environmental compliance requirements. This week, we take a look at three horrifying instances …
  • Everything you Ever Wanted to Know about Hydroflurocarbons 18/10/2016 - Last week, 197 nations at the United Nations Environment Programme signed an agreement to phase out hydroflurocarbons beginning in 2019. For many people, the threat posed by hydroflurocarbons was relatively unknown until the announcement on October 15, so we thought we’d dedicate this week’s blog to examining exactly what this substance is, and how it’s …
  • 3 Hazardous Products Commonly Found in the Workplace 18/10/2016 - In one of our recent articles, we uncovered three seemingly innocuous products commonly found around the home, which actually have a negative impact on the environment and human health. This week, we give the same treatment to office spaces and take a look at three common items workers around the country come in contact with …
  • Substitutes for 3 Hazardous Products Commonly Found in the Home 14/10/2016 - When we think of toxic or hazardous materials, our minds often jump to industrial products such as chemicals or building materials. However, in reality, there are many seemingly innocuous items lying around your home which can pose a threat to human health and the environment. This week, we take a look at three common household …
  • The Challenges of Developing Former Industrial Sites in Victoria 14/10/2016 - Urban renewal has been a buzzword in Melbourne’s development industry for the last two decades but in recent years the trend of developing former industrial blocks around the inner city has reached fever pitch with land in suburbs like Abbotsford, Box Hill, Collingwood, Footscray and Richmond being snapped up like hotcakes for both residential and …
  • How Soil Testing Benefits Your Business 10/10/2016 - At face value, soil testing might not seem like anything more than another unnecessary bureaucratic hoop that developers and commercial landowners have to jump through in order to get a planning permit or a tick from the EPA, there are a number of ways in which this seemingly innocuous process can add value to your …
  • Understanding the Environmental Impact of Petroleum 5/9/2016 - One of the world’s most common fossil fuels, petroleum is used in the production of everything from toothpaste to jet fuel. However, our reliance on this fossil fuel has a devastating environmental effect which extends far beyond oil spills and truck exhaust. This week, we take a closer look at the environmental impact of petroleum. …
  • 4 Ways to Reduce Chemical Consumption in Your Home 5/9/2016 - At Alpha Environmental, we work to find environmental management solutions to a number of hazardous substances and chemicals which can be found around the home. Although the environmental impact of substances like lead paint and asbestos are now well recognised and regulated, there are plenty of other commonly used household chemicals which have an adverse …
  • The Alpha Guide to Hazardous Materials Audits 30/8/2016 - For developers and business owners, it can be difficult to identify the right environmental consulting process for your commercial needs. Alpha Environmental specialise in a wide range of environmental consulting practices, and this week, we’re taking a closer look at one of our most popular services, the Hazardous Materials Audit. What is it? A Hazardous …
  • Asbestos Management Plan 22/8/2016 - All Australian workplaces have a duty to protect their employees from the harmful effects of asbestos as part of the OHS Act. Exposure to asbestos fibres is associated with a range of serious reparatory conditions and workplace managers need to take every precaution to ensure their employees are not at risk of exposure. If asbestos …
  • 5 Facts About Groundwater 12/8/2016 - Little understood, and easily contaminated, yet crucial to sustaining a growing global population faced with the challenges of climate change, groundwater is one of the most important natural resources on earth. In this article, we strive to shed light on this invisible life source with five eye opening facts. Groundwater is an important water source …
  • 4 Sources of Lead Around the Home 11/8/2016 - Prized for it’s malleability, density, ability to hold pigment and resistance to corrosion, lead was used for a wide range of construction, production and even medicinal purposes throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. Although the health risks of lead were known about as early as Roman times, however its usefulness was deemed to outweigh its …
  • The Effects of Soil Contamination 2/8/2016 - This blog often explores the ways that human activity has had a devastating effect on the fragile ecosystems in which we live. One of the most nefarious ways human pollution alters the natural environment is through soil contamination, which poisons all living things from the smallest bacteria to the humans who eat produce from the …
  • 7 Fast Facts About Pesticides in Australia 27/7/2016 - With one of the Western world’s strongest agrarian economies, it will come as little surprise to learn that Australia is a prolific producer and consumer of pesticides. Australia has a long history of using pesticides in agricultural and forestry practices and as a result, pesticide contamination is widespread across both rural and urban areas. This …
  • Factors that Increase the Need for Environmental Site Management 20/7/2016 - Environmental management is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you purchase a new house or business premises but in some circumstances, it can play a crucial role in protecting the health and welfare of those living or working on your property. This week, we take a look at a few of …
  • The Safety Hazards of Asbestos 28/6/2016 - Whether it’s at home or in the work place, the presence of asbestos can pose many safety risks. Asbestos was commonly used as a building material in Australia between the 1940s and late 1980s, as it was durable, fire resistant and an efficient insulator. Today, asbestos is no longer mined or used in Australia because …
  • Breaking Down the Hydrogeological Assessment (Groundwater Quality) Process 2/6/2016 - Groundwater quality plays a crucial role in the health of the surrounding environment and it’s imperative that we do everything we can to protect it by minimising the impact of human activity. A hydrogeological assessment is key to preserving groundwater quality and identifying any possible contamination issues that may be present. In this article, we …
  • The Importance of Environmental Consulting 25/5/2016 - Whilst environmental consulting might seem like a time consuming and unnecessary expense, it is actually a process that will ultimately benefit your business and is crucial to preserving both human health and the environment. But that’s not all an environmental consultant does. They’re also experts at spreading awareness around the community or in the workplace. …
  • Everything You Need to Know About Environmental Site Assessments 17/5/2016 - Environmental site assessments (ESA) are one of the most common services our consultants are called upon to perform. These assessments play a crucial role in identifying the contamination levels of a particular site and developing an effective management solution. They are split up into three phases, with each phase handling a different set of tasks. …
  • Four Things You Should Know About Lead Paint 11/5/2016 - Recently, comedian John Oliver discussed the hidden lead paint poisoning crisis in the US, an issue which the American government repeatedly overlooks and puts in the ‘too hard’ basket. This issue was of course highlighted by the Flint lead crisis but as Oliver points out, the threat of lead poisoning is far more widespread that …
  • 6 Key Terms Owners of Contaminated Land Need To Know 25/4/2016 - In Melbourne, some of the best commercial real estate on the market is considered to be contaminated land. A site is considered to be contaminated when the beneficial uses for a particular category of land use are precluded by contaminants. If properly managed, contaminated sites can be incredibly lucrative for owners and developers. However, before …
  • Site Remediation Understanding the Site Remediation 18/4/2016 - If you own a contaminated site, then it’s important to understand what your options are when it comes to management and clean up. In this article, we explore the concept of site remediation and the options available to owners seeking to use a site for residential, industrial or commercial purposes. What does remediation mean? When …
  • Ozone Depleting Substances Understanding Ozone Depleting Substances 31/3/2016 - Although the concept of ozone depletion only entered public consciousness in the 1990s, the man made chemicals responsible for this dangerous phenomenon have been in common use since the 1920s and are still in use today. Scientists have proven that ozone depleting substances have played a key role in stratospheric depletion. What are they? ODS …
  • 5 Hazardous Materials Found in Heritage Homes Around Melbourne 24/3/2016 - Melbourne is a city filled with beautiful heritage homes that have a distinctive architectural style. These properties are highly valued for their old world charm and character but these elegant buildings are full of potential hazards. It’s no secret that building practices and materials have not always been as regulated as they are now, and …
  • Soil Contamination Fact File 21/3/2016 - Just as pollution affects our air and water, it also seeps into the ground beneath our feet. Soil contamination is a common issue on industrial sites and in this article, we examine the implications of soil contamination and the management solutions available. What is contaminated soil? Contaminated soil is soil that contains human made chemicals. …
  • Dealing with Mould in Your Home or Business 14/3/2016 - Mould is something humans have lived with for centuries and not all of it is bad. Mould is a type of fungi which belongs in the same family as mushrooms and yeast. However, the indoor mould we are talking about in this article is highly destructive and can cause numerous health problems as well as …
  • Groundwater Fact File 8/3/2016 - Groundwater plays a crucial role in the health of our waterways but it is also vulnerable to contamination as a result of industrial activity. Preserving groundwater quality is one of the most important environmental responsibilities within the industrial sector and it is vital that site owners and commercial operators ensure that their activities have a …
  • Asbestos Fact File 25/2/2016 - Over the course of a century, asbestos went from being a trusted building material to a public health hazard. Although it poses a low risk to the general public, asbestos can be hazardous when exposed or damaged. In this blog, we take a closer look at what asbestos is, how to identify if asbestos is …