Roads and Maritime (RMS) Occupational health services
The hazards and environmental impact of roadworks
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 Roads and Maritime Service NSW (RMS) has recognised the potential hazards in some of the assets it owns and works undertaken. The RMS has put into place detailed management plans and safe work method statements to manage and control the safety of their activity.
Ageing assets built in a time when Asbestos use was popular, protective painting of bridges and other assets with lead-based paint and the presence of naturally occurring asbestos in road building areas throughout NSW, are all potential hazards when undertaking roadworks.
Dust, noise and vibration from road construction and maintenance activities are potentially dangerous and overexposure to these hazards can place workers, contractors and the general public in a compromised health position.
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 the impacts on the environment are kept to a minimum.
Keeping safe & compliant during works
Any changes to current road infrastructure requires a survey to assess the likely impact and to develop a suggested 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 construction or routine maintenance works to confirm that exposure is kept to safe and compliant levels.
Why Regional Enviroscience?
Based in regional NSW with offices in Dubbo, Wagga, Tamworth and Orange, Enviroscience’s Occupational Hygienists and Environmental Officers have easy access to the roads and infrastructure managed by the RMS and able to quickly and confidentially analyse the results of any monitoring from our Dubbo-based NATA accredited laboratory.
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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