Soil remediation is imperative for industries that handle or manufacture toxic substances such as lead or other heavy metals on a regular basis. Designing a management strategy to prevent toxicity in the workplace and surrounding grounds is also essential for regulatory compliance. Sound environmental management strategy (EMS) will take one of nature’s core assets into mind: soil. Its chemistry affects water, climate, and food supplies in indirect but powerful ways. In this regard, a well-constructed EMS is also one that promotes a company’s commitment to environmental remediation overall. Outlines for effective lead disposal and contamination prevention methods maximize environmental remediation efforts in the view of regulatory agencies. One thorough method for planning a comprehensive EMS is use of S.M.A.R.T. principles:
Smart – Set your goals regarding lead remediation using complete knowledge of identified problems. The bulk of your research may be understanding what you already know about specific areas in question. Consider safe lead levels and location of business: The EPA’s lead standard for soils differs: some areas require lead levels of soil be at 400 ppm by weight or 1200 ppm, depending upon the likelihood of children being on or near to the site.
Measurable – What is the exact criteria for establishing safe lead levels in and around your business? Determining which soil test types, relevant technologies, or skill-types needed allow one to understand the scope of their lead remediation goals. If the scope of this goal lies outside of the company understanding, have consultants come in for assessment. It will be worth it.
Attainable – Determine what specific organizations or individuals possess the skills necessary to make environmental remediation efforts effective over an allotted time-frame? Mid-way through the S.M.A.R.T. strategy, this is where risk impact and cost analysis tend to battle it out as the means by which to attain identified goals start make plans clearer.
Realistic – Determine a definite, core outline for what needs to be done along with a list of who is able to successfully complete it according to a budget. This is very important in the case of large soil remediation projects that require several stages of clean-up and special skill-set. Smaller goals make overall remediation efforts much more attainable and realistic. Solidifying a remediation plan that works takes all the previous steps of strategy into consideration as plans are finalized.
Timely – Time frames are crucial to reduction of soil toxins that periodically rise above regulatory levels. Industrial and outdoor sites that become too toxic can easily be closed by regulatory agencies, despite a company’s intent to reduce levels. Adding a realistic remediation routine is suggested for companies which know that cyclical buildup of lead or other toxic materials will occur.
Toxins present within soil threaten its complex but delicate chemistry, leading to issues which must dealt with in a consistent plan of attack. Constructing an environmental management system (EMS) that integrates good soil management practice into overall environmental remediation efforts will prevent instances of excessive lead contamination for years to come. For soil remediation solutions that work, inquire with us today.