Contaminated Site Assessment

Identification of potential environmental risk, corporate due diligence, statutory requirements.

Business Challenge

Contaminated and potentially contaminated land can have major economic, legal, social and planning implications for the community. Contamination to soil and groundwater can limit land use potential or increase costs for developers, property owners and local authorities. The investigation and clean-up of site contamination is important to protect the environment, human health and assets. General awareness of contamination and methods to resolve site contamination issues has increased as land demand continues to grow, and the affects of contamination on human health and the environment become better understood. Increasingly, organisations and government departments have fostered a greater understanding in the community of the social, environmental and commercial effects of contaminated land issues, commensurate with developments in legislation and environmental risk sciences which drive requirements for the assessment of site contamination. Contaminated and potentially contaminated site assessment is a multi-disciplinary scientific process for identification of land contamination issues, and which yields a basis to determine appropriate and tailored management steps that can be implemented to mitigate human health and environmental risks, and minimise net financial liabilities and the financial risk associated with a site.


The Bureau Veritas HSE Pty Ltd Contaminated Site Assessment Team comprises a highly experienced group of scientists and engineers from a wide range of disciplines, who are able to plan, implement and manage cost effective contaminated site investigations. The type and scale of investigation required varies according to particular site issues, and the client’s obligations and objectives. In general, the investigation process provided by Bureau Veritas is based on the identification of actual risks to the environment and human health and responsible management of contaminated land, with consideration of conservation and management of resources, and protection of public health and the environment. Drivers for the design of contaminated site assessment include:

- Liaison with clients to identify objectives, constraints and opportunities;

- Gain a detailed understanding of the nature and extent of site contamination;

- Identify site-specific ecological and human health receptors and potential contamination;

- Professional and technical expertise from an experienced team consisting of scientists, hydrogeologists, engineers and Environmental Auditors (Contaminated Land);

- Responsible management of contamination taking into consideration local planning and statutory requirements; and - Good relationship with regulatory authorities and working through the regulatory process to meet client objectives. Our company or principal staff accreditations include:

- ISO 9001 Quality Management System;

- Three (3) EPA appointed Environmental Auditors (Contaminated Land) – Victoria;

- One (1) DEC appointed Contaminated Sites Auditor – Western Australia; - NATA Accredited Soils Testing Laboratory (asbestos);

- Member of Australian Contaminated Land Consultants Association (ACLCA) – Victoria and Western Australia; - Member and bronze level sponsor of Australasian Land and Groundwater Association (ALGA).

Why Choose Bureau Veritas?

Recognition: Founded in 1828, Bureau Veritas is a world leader specialising in conformity assessment services related to Quality, Health, Safety & Environment (QHSE). Certified to ISO 9001 for all of its activities globally, Bureau Veritas is well known for its ability to adapt to changing client environments and situations and for its commitment to providing leading solutions through quality service.


Knowledge & Expertise: With our dedicated and multidisciplinary team of over 30 professional, technical and support staff that includes environmental scientists, environmental engineers, geologists, hydrogeologists, environmental chemists, modellers, environmental auditors (contaminated land) and risk assessors, Bureau Veritas are able to offer a tailored and full range of specialist in-house services for all contaminated land assessment and remediation projects.


Network: With offices located in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, Bureau Veritas are at the forefront of providing national environmental service solutions to clients across a range of industry sectors and regulatory settings.

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