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EnviroScience Solutions has worked extensively in the manufacturing sector to provide sustainable solutions for a broad range of issues impacting industrial factories and the environment. Competent and experienced in dealing with many site complexities, especially those unique to regional Australia, we take a practical and hands-on approach when protecting the health of the worksite, environment and workforce.

Specialising in the identification, monitoring and management of contaminants and hazardous materials, we pride ourselves on delivering tailored, innovative solutions, both quickly and cost-effectively.

Common hazardous material testing and monitoring includes airborne dust level monitoring, vibration monitoring to protect buildings and underground infrastructure, noise monitoring and occupational hygiene measures to identify, monitor and minimise health risks in the workplace. As well as, asbestos testing, which is conducted in our in-house NATA accredited laboratory, and the maintenance of asbestos registers.

We also monitor the health of those working onsite, by conducting individual health monitoring for repetitive strain injuries such as, hand and arm vibration, and respirator fit testing for inhalable and respirable dust and crystalline silica.

Based in regional New South Wales, our team of 50 specialists have been successfully servicing regionally based manufacturing clients for more than 15 years. Our understanding of local issues, and our network of local connections, has seen has work with some of the country’s leading regional manufacturers.

Case Studies

EnviroScience Solutions was commissioned by a client to undertake an initial assessment and prepare a scope of works for remediation following an unexpected find of asbestos materials at a lime processing plant. The asbestos materials, presumed to be used as insulation around smoke boxes, were identified during renovation works and analysed as containing amosite, chrysotile and crocidolite, in a friable condition.

Engaging a local asbestos removalist with a friable (Class A) licence, EnviroScience worked with both the client and the removalist to design an adequate remediation plan, including an exclusion zone, clean zone, decontamination chamber and timeframe to complete the remediation.

As the job was time sensitive and the unexpected asbestos find was holding up site works and production, the project was treated as a high priority with remediation works in progress within three weeks.

To also ensure a quick turnaround on air monitoring results, EnviroScience deployed one of its mobile laboratories to allow slides to be read on-site. This provided instantaneous results to the client to show the works being undertaken were meeting all necessary requirements and workers were not at risk.

EnviroScience Solutions were engaged to attend a food processing plant in Central New South Wales to conduct their second round of personal inhalable dust sampling – with the first round completed 12-months previously.

In addition, a real-time 3M Environmental Monitor was utilised at strategic locations along the manufacturing process line to gauge background dust concentrations measured at PM level (all dusts sized from 0 – 100µg).

In line with the 2018 sampling, the intent of the dust sampling strategy was to provide a ‘snapshot’ of worker dust exposure during a normal process line operation, gather baseline data, and understand the magnitude of potential worker exposure.

The sampling regime was aligned with the previous year’s study, with five personal samples taken and one utilised as a quality control field blank. The methodology used for the airborne dust sampling strategy was personal inhalable dust sampling consistent with recognised Australian Standards.

The concentrations were compared to the exposure standard of 10mg/m3 (8 – Hour TWA) for nuisance dusts. The personal inhalable dust results returned concentrations similar to the previous year results, with no samples exceeding the 4mg/m3 (8 – Hour TWA) exposure limit chosen, and no samples elevated to trigger a 50 per cent action level.

Meanwhile the background concentrations recorded results that were significantly below the chosen 10mg/m3 exposure level for nuisance dusts.

Based on the results, the Work Health & Safety legislative compliance obligations were met on the day of sampling in relation to airborne contaminants management. However, some recommendations were outlined in regard to work processes and relevant dust control measures during operations. These included conducting a team-based risk assessment to determine points for dust generation and examine all levels of exposure controls, the inspection of machine extraction systems for effectiveness by an industrial ventilation engineer to ensure maximum dust extraction efficiency during planned maintenance, the development of a Respiratory Protection (RPE) education program, a review of the vacuum unit and associated cleaning devices (including a periodic preventative maintenance schedule), and the purchase (or hire) of a real time electronic dust measuring device.


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