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Emergency Planning & Response to Incidents
Is your current Emergency Response Plan adequate to protect your employees, the community, property and the environment in an event at an incident at your site or workplace?
The Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN) together with proud Principal Partner – Peter J Ramsay & Associates, including lawyers and the experts, have developed this Workshop to provide participants the knowledge and understanding to apply the principles covered in emergency management at their site and/or workplace.
Get Ready for Mandatory Environmental Reporting in Victoria
New mandatory reporting requirements related to contamination are set to be introduced in Victoria as part of the Victorian Government’s first major overhaul of the Environment Protection Act since the landmark legislation was ratified in 1970. This overhaul follows the independent inquiry into the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) , which was completed in mid-2016. The reformed Act is scheduled to be introduced to Parliament this year.
Sustainability talk is flying high today, but customers are increasingly looking at how well businesses are walking the talk. This conference will focus on two important key areas in sustainable business, securing sustainable supply chains and shifting to circular business models. These are both great opportunities for Scandinavian businesses, and many are already leading the way! DGE wishes to inspire more by showing incentives and business examples.
Occupational Health and Safety Compliance in Australia
Providing a safe workplace in Australia is a primary focus of employers. Where an employer has identified a potential health risk the use of occupational hygiene monitoring is an essential tool in understanding worker exposure. A monitoring program should be implemented to assist you to determine the effectiveness of the controls that are in place to protect your workforce, and to demonstrate legislative compliance. A Certified Occupational Hygienist should design your program and interpret the results to see that your workplace complies.
The environmental footprint of real estate is globally very significant with buildings consuming around 40% of the world’s energy and contributing up to 30% of annual greenhouse gas emissions. In view of this, the real estate sector is focussing on sustainability, with leading institutional investors incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of their assets into their investment processes. Peter J Ramsay & Associates are well placed to assist the property sector to manage ESG data and improve ESG performance.
Asbestos is still an emotive topic, and employers will often have a potential reputational risk from unfavourable media attention. Peter J Ramsay & Associates can provide assistance in further understanding your obligations and responsibilities in managing asbestos in the workplace.
Philip is an Environmental Engineer with experience in soil and groundwater assessments, land contamination assessments, management and remediation, environmental audits and research.
Please join us in welcoming Philip to the team!
Welcome Greg Oldfield
Welcome Greg Oldfield to PJRA team as the Senior Consultant for Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), and Hygiene.
Greg Oldfield is an OHS and Hygiene consultant and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental health, a Graduate Diploma in OHS, and Masters of Applied Science in Occupational Hygiene and is a Certified Occupational Hygienist.
VIC EPA Recommendations for Incoming Water Quality Guidelines for Aquatic Ecosystem Protection
In August 2016 the Victorian Environment Protection Authority (VIC EPA) released an information bulletin which outlines the proposed Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality (ANZECC) for perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), and provides recommendations for the immediate adoption of these values.
Emerging Contaminants of Concern: Per- and Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances
Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large group of man-made chemicals which do not occur naturally in the environment. Recently the media has highlighted the concerns of regulatory agencies and property owners surrounding PFAS contaminated sites in a number of states across Australia (including at Fiskville (Victoria), Oakey (Queensland) and Williamtown (New South Wales)). This highlights the need to understand and thoroughly assess the potential for PFAS contamination to have occurred.
Dr Gemma Williams is an Environmental Toxicologist and holds a Bachelor of Biological Science (Hon) and a PhD of Philosophy.
Gemma’s expertise includes human health and ecological risk assessment, environmental toxicology, analytical chemistry, vapour intrusion assessment, environmental site assessment and environmental auditing.
The Duty to Report Contamination Guidelines - How Might the Updated Guidelines Affect You?
The duty to report contamination to the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) arises when land (which includes soil, groundwater and soil vapour) is contaminated by a substance present at levels in exceedance of those dictated by the EPA for a particular land use. The duty to report is specified under the EPA Guidelines, Guidelines on the Duty to Report Contamination under the Contaminated Land Management Act 1997 (July 2015).
Dr Darren Bennetts – Victorian Auditor Appointment
Peter J Ramsay & Associates is delighted to announce Darren Bennetts’ recent appointment as an Environmental Auditor (Contaminated Land) under the Environmental Protection Act 1970.
Darren holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Hons) and a PhD in Hydrogeology, geochemistry and hydrology. Darren has over 10 years’ experience in soil, groundwater and soil gas investigations. This experience includes soil and groundwater contamination assessments, groundwater modelling, landfill gas assessment and management, water resource and wastewater management, and risk assessment.