Roads and Maritime (RMS) Occupational health services

RMS and occupational hazards

The Roads and Maritime Service NSW (RMS) has recognised the potential hazards in some of the assets it owns and worksundertaken. The RMS has put into place detailed management plans and safe work method statements to manage and control the safety of their activity.

Hazards may include contact with hazardous materials such as Asbestos containing materials (ACMs), naturally occurring Asbestos (NOA), bridges and other assets painted with lead based paint. The works may also cause disturbance of dust as well as excessive noise and vibration, which may need to be monitored.

Overexposure to these hazards can place workers, contractors and the general public in a compromised health position.

Roads, bridges and other RMS services may also be close to places of significant cultural heritage and environmental sensitivity, so due diligence checks or cultural & heritage and environmental impact surveys may be a necessary part of works.

A large network of roads and ageing assets that may be contaminated, with works possibly impacting cultural and environmental sites

The NSW road network is around 184,859 km in length. The RMS is responsible for the management of 18,028 km of the major arterial road network in NSW, known as State roads.  Additionally the RMS  manage approximately 2,970 km of regional and local roads in the far west of NSW, where there is no council.

The nature of ageing assets in a time that Asbestos was popular, protective painting with lead-based paint as well as the dust, noise and vibration of road construction and maintenance in regional areas, means that monitoring may be required in order to ensure exposure is kept within safe and compliant levels.

In addition, changes to road paths, bridge maintenance and other activities may have cultural (eg Aboriginal culture) and/or environmental impacts that need to be researched and due diligence undertaken to ensure environmental impacts are kept to a minimum.

Keeping safe and compliant during works

Any changes to current infrastructure requires a survey to assess the likely impact and to develop asuggested management plan and safe work method statements to manage any potential hazards or environmental impacts effectively.  To ensure that the environment, workers, contractors and the general public are kept safe, monitoring should occur during any construction or routine maintenance to ensure exposure is kept to safe and compliant levels.

Regional Enviroscience is able to analyse the results of Asbestos identification &air monitoring inour Dubbo based laboratory which is NATA accredited for Asbestos Identification &air monitoring. This ensures quick delivery of results and confidentially to the project manager.

Why Regional Enviroscience?

Based conveniently in Regional NSW with our head office &laboratory in Dubbo and offices in Wagga& Maitland,Regional Enviroscience occupational hygienists and environmental officers have easy access to the roads and infrastructure managed by the RMS.  Flexible, quick to act and not far away – Regional Enviroscience has forged a reputation as one of Australia’s leading locally owned occupational hygiene &environmental consultancies ,having a commitment to service that is second to none.

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