Introduction to this document

Guidance note - contaminated land emergency control procedure

If you identify, or even suspect, that land may be contaminated, both you and your staff need to know what actions to take. The best way of achieving this is to have a formal policy in place.

Emergency control procedures

Where contaminated land is known to exist, the risks and hazards can vary significantly, ranging from life threatening to humans or flora/fauna, to having a negligible impact on the natural environment. It’s therefore important to establish exactly what risks are presented by the contamination. Strict procedures and controls must be adopted when working in the vicinity of contaminated land; to assist you use our Guidance Note - Contaminated Land Emergency Control Procedure.