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  • 4 Ways to Reduce Chemical Consumption in Your Home 05/09/2016

    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 30/08/2016

    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 22/08/2016

    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 12/08/2016

    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 11/08/2016

    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 02/08/2016

    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 27/07/2016

    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 20/07/2016

    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 28/06/2016

    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 02/06/2016

    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 25/05/2016

    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 17/05/2016

    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 11/05/2016

    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 25/04/2016

    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 18/04/2016

    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 …