Land contamination can devalue your property and risk the health of others. Don’t risk prosecution and expensive clean-up costs. Take appropriate action when undertaking any activities that could cause contamination.
Chemical handling and storage
- store hazardous materials including fuel, oils and chemicals, in correctly segregated, bunded and covered areas so that accidental spills cannot reach stormwater drains or soil
- ensure all containers have their lids on, are in good condition and are clearly labelled
- check storage areas regularly for signs of leaks or damage to containers
- ensure you have an up-to-date material safety data sheet (MSDS) for every chemical that is used or stored on-site
- implement procedures for handling and storing chemicals
- comply with the requirements for underground petroleum storage systems.
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- ensure your wastes are sent to facilities that can lawfully receive them
- use a liquid waste contractor to dispose of spent chemicals and other liquid waste
- don’t put liquid wastes, such as oily rags or filters, into your waste bins
- separate and clearly label different kinds of waste for easy collection and recycling
- keep lids on your bins or store them in a covered area to prevent the uncontrolled release of waste.
- train staff to prevent spills when handling hazardous liquids
- develop an emergency response procedure for chemical spills
- keep spill clean-up materials in a handy place, clearly labelled and ready for use.
Building and site management
- obtain all necessary consents, permits and licences, and maintain compliance with their conditions
- keep your premises and grounds free from litter and waste materials
- ensure drains and collection pits are clear of debris
- train staff and display signage about the hazards of chemical use.
Source: NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change
Land Contamination -What are my responsibilities?
DECCW 2009/811 March 2010 ISBN 978 1 74232 510 1