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Disaster Recovery (Bushfire, Flood and Storm)

Raw Earth offers comprehensive Asbestos & Hazardous Materials Surveys and Clearances undertaken by SafeWork NSW Licenced Asbestos Assessors.
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Raw Earth Environmental Pty Ltd specialises in the assessment, remediation, project management and OH&S supervision of asbestos, mould, water quality monitoring and fuel and chemical spills to assist in disaster recovery following bushfire, flood and storms.

Our highly experienced Environmental Scientists, SafeWork NSW Licensed Asbestos Assessors and OH&S Supervisors complete each project in compliance with OH&S legislation and can also assist with your OH&S compliance requirements relating to a range of businesses and workplaces.

Our clients range from Government departments to private companies and residential clients across Australia.

Disaster Recovery Project Experience

Bushfire Recovery, Victoria & NSW (Laing O’Rourke & Grocon) 2020

Raw Earth completed the remediation of bushfire affected properties containing friable asbestos following the 2019-20 bushfires across regional NSW and Victoria.

The remediation consisted of project management, OH&S Supervision and site compliance of demolition and excavation works friable asbestos conditions.

Storm Recovery, Victoria (Johns Lyng Group) 2021

Raw Earth conducted OH&S Supervision and Site Compliance for the remediation of storm affected properties across regional Victoria.

Raw Earth Environmental’s role in the above projects was spread across two stages of works in collaboration with client representatives, arborists and asbestos removal contractors.

Land Contamination & Remediation

Stage 1 – Preliminary Site Assessments

  • Conduct daily site safety briefings (toolbox meeting), sign on contractors to relevant Safe Work Method Statement.
  • Check relevant high risk licenses of contractors on site.
  • Install and implement appropriate environmental controls for a site,
  • Inspect sites for hazards, fuel and chemical spills, asbestos and other hazardous materials, undertake sampling where necessary.
  • Implement site traffic logistics for truck and heavy machinery routes.
  • Prepare Preliminary Assessment Reports detailing the above.

Stage 2 – Demolition, Remediation, Validation

Due to the severity of the natural disasters most sites required some level of demolition, remediation and validation procedures to be implemented.

Demolition activities were supervised by Raw Earth SafeWork NSW Licensed Asbestos Assessors, OH&S Supervisors, SafeWork NSW Licensed Asbestos Assessors and/or Environmental Scientists.

If it was determined that contamination was present at a site, a Remediation Action Plan was implemented. Raw Earth proposed a series of appropriate procedures and processes to clean up contamination at a site, over a strategic period of time in line with client objectives & budget.

The Remediation Action Plan will then act as the framework for the remediation process to be implemented as agreed and to meet all regulatory requirements. Our consultants have experience in remediation of the following:

  • Asbestos (friable and non-friable) and chemical contamination in soil.
  • Removal of Above and Underground Petroleum Storage Systems.
  • Remediation of contamination in groundwater.
  • Offsite disposal of waste and hazardous materials.
  • Fuel and chemical spills.

Validation programs were implemented to ensure the successful clean up of the site in compliance with regulatory requirements to protect human and ecological health.

Raw Earth’s consultants provided the sampling and interpretation of data to ensure the site was deemed suitable for its intended land use and future develop.

We found the team at Raw Earth Environmental to be agile, efficient and solutions focused. They always take the time to understand our business and our requirements when it comes to environmental assessments and preparing our sites for development applications (DA).
Nick Caltabiano, Operations Manager - NEO Consulting Pty Ltd