We've talked about soil remediation quite a bit before and why it's important for your company but we've never really talked about what you can do to prepare your company for our visit. What you should do depends on when the soil clean-up is taking place (ie. before or after you've opened the doors) and what procedures are needed to clean the soil up.
Right after your Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is the best time to have your soil checked and if necessary, remediated. This will give you a clean slate – and foundation – to work from when building. Although this is the easiest case to consider, there are still a few things you should do to prepare for our visit.[gn_spoiler title="Have a good understanding of the extent of the problem." open="0" style="1"]Before staring it is good to understand the extent of the problem. Note weather the extent laterally and horizontally is well defended if not what contingencies have been set aside in the budget to deal with unknowns.[/gn_spoiler] [gn_spoiler title="Clear a path." open="0" style="1"]One of the easiest ways to do a full soil clean-up involves excavating the contaminated soil for treatment. Sometimes FERRO may even need to take it off site depending on the treatment type. For this, we'll need a clear path to and from the work zone.[/gn_spoiler] [gn_spoiler title="Take notes – and have paperwork in order." open="0" style="1"]Did you notice anything particularly dangerous while clearing the path, like hazardous chemicals? Take note of anything that might be important. It will help us provide a solution that cleans-up your property quicker.[/gn_spoiler] [gn_spoiler title="Relax." open="0" style="1"]You're in good company and in good hands. FERRO has a variety of treatments that will bring your soils back up within regulation standards within no time at all. FERRO also doesn't just treat the soil, but groundwater as well. Treating both means the contamination is less likely to spread off site and the soils health will return sooner.[/gn_spoiler]
After an Accident
Admittedly, accidents can happen at any time and for a wide range of reasons. Old tanks can develop leaks, heavy metal may build up over time, or worse, a chemical spill could happen during a shipping accident. It's still possible and reasonable to have your site clean-up within good time and without delaying business. Prepping for FERRO's visit is much the same as if you were just opening.[gn_spoiler title="Take notes – and call FERRO." open="0" style="1"]What spilled? When? How much? Although we test the soils when we get there, take note of anything that might be important. It may provide us with a solution that cleans up your soil even quicker.[/gn_spoiler] [gn_spoiler title="Clear a path." open="0" style="1"]It might be a little harder to provide a path when business is in full swing, but it still makes soil clean-up easier and faster. You may also wish to explain to both your employees and your clients that the area is off limits for a short period of time. It will help prevent the spread of contamination as well as any health issues that could arise.[/gn_spoiler] [gn_spoiler title="Relax." open="0" style="1"]FERRO operates under mobile Certificates of Approval/Environmental Compliance Approvals (ECAs/CofAs) issued by the Ministry of Environment which provides the FERRO team with the ability to start remediation work immediately. WE can complete in-situ remediation projects on site, preventing costly time delays.[/gn_spoiler]
Before building or after accidents, contact FERRO's team of Environmental Contracting Professionals to help with your soil clean-up.
Please view the latest edition of FERRO's digital flip book HERE for a brief overview of how the various areas of expertise and services can benefit you.