Occupational Health and Safety



The Health and Safety (HS) focus area consist of a group of member company land contamination consultants whose aim is to increase awareness of the occupational health and safety issues relevant to our industry. The HS focus area committee is made up of HS Managers, HS Representatives and consultants who have a general interest in HS matters.

What do we do?

 The key outputs for the HS focus area include:

  • Organising and preparing a relevant HS presentation on one or more industry specific HS issues, as part of the monthly ACLCA seminar series.
  • Discussing and sharing industry hazard incidents and near misses in an open forum
  • Preparing HS shared learnings for ACLCA newsletters and the ACLCA website
  • Assisting with implementation of HS training to member companies

Benefits of joining

  The HS focus area provides opportunity to:

  • Meet with a diverse group of professionals from within the land contamination industry
  • Have further involvement with ACLCA
  • Increase professional development i.e. communication, presentation and networking skills
  • Increase understanding and knowledge of HS relevant to our industry.

How you can join

The HS focus area group are scheduled to meet at 7:30am on the first Thursday of every second month: 1 Feb., 5 Apr., 7 Jun., 2 Aug., 4 Oct., and 6 Dec. 2018. Meetings are informal with coffee and light breakfast catered for at Cherry and Twigs: 1b/555 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. Please note that the timing and frequency of meetings may be subject to change given committee member availability and pending focus area deliverables.

If you are interested in attending a meeting, joining the committee, or have any suggestions, please contact the chairperson John Sirotic via

Our Members:

Garry Masur  (Chair)


Steve Brazil (Secretary)


Kris Knight


Desiree Craig


Steve Poiesz

AGS Environmental Services

 Shane Giliam

 WSP Australia (Exec Com Rep)

Donna Smith Australian Environmental Auditors

Tom Mackie



Health and Safety Shared Learnings and Safety Alert 

Shared learnings are continuously produced by ACLCA member companies or their clients, with the purpose of assisting staff in understanding and avoiding some of the hazards that exist in our type of work. 

Please consider submitting your own HS Shared Learning to the HS focus area group for general discussion and possible inclusion.

Member companies are encouraged to review the information presented in the Shared Learnings listed below:

Please note, individual circumstances may dictate that different responses may be appropriate for different companies, and that views presented in these Shared Learnings may not always be relevant to your circumstances.

Electrical Service Strike - WSP Safety Alert

Vehicle RolloverWSP Safety Alert

Services Strike During Hand Augering - AECOM Safety Aert 

Working with Trailers - URS Safety Alert

Work near Overhead and Underground Utility Services - VicRoads

Testing and Tagging / Tank Swing - PB / URS Safety Alerts

Working in Heat  - Worksafe Guidance Note  

Energy Drinks and Heat Stress - Saefty and Health Bulletin 

Discussion of a work Place Fatality - lessons learnt video  (Password (if needed) = good2go)

Avoid Line of Fire - poster has been prepared as an alert to general construction industry workers.  The following points are of particular relevance and concern for the activities conducted by ACLCA members:

  • Moving vehicles / heavy equipment:
    • Sampling programs involving drilling rigs, excavators, etc.
    • Our field work may be conducted on sites where other activities are in progress, e.g. landfills, construction sites.
  • Ground disturbance and excavation:
    • Excavations for soil remediation and test pit / trenching assessment programs.
    • Work at quarries, mines and landfills.
  • Working at heights, dropped objects: Items may break loose or fall off poorly maintained machinery (drilling rigs, excavators, etc.).

During the Fire Season - The Vic Emergency website is a resource to be consulted before going to sites in country areas during the fire season, and to track developments with existing fires. An App is also available.

First Aid support when in the field - The Health Direct nurses hotline on 1800 022 222 or Nurse-on-Call (Victoria only) on 1300 60 60 24 can be called should expert health or first aid advice be required in the field.



Below is a table which provides guidance on the three key areas that should be included in a site specific Health and Safety Plan:

• Risk Management

• Personnel Management

• Emergency Management


Site Characterisation

•   Description of site that allows identification of hazards related to site conditions.

•   Site history that allows hazards to be identified related to potential contamination


Identification of Hazards

Identification of:

•   Site-related hazards.

•   Task-specific hazards.

•   General site work hazards.


Assessment of risk and determination of required controls

Identification of:

•   Whole-of-site controls.

•   Task specific controls.


•   Health surveillance.

•   Monitoring.

•   PPE.

•   Decontamination.

•   Hazard specific controls.



Organisational structure

•   Identification of responsibilities and accountabilities.

•   For site specific HASPs this should include names and contact details.


Access controls

•   Who is authorised to access the site.

•   Recording of persons on site (eg sign-in / sign-out).

•   Control zones, including physical delineation of control zones.


Training requirements

•   Training requirements for personnel authorised to access the site.

•   Site inductions.

•   First aid requirements.

•   General OH&S training requirements.

•   Specific task training (eg confined spaces).



•   How day-to-day site communications are undertaken.

•   Who needs to be informed, what do they need to be informed of, how should they be informed, and when should they be informed.



Identification of potential emergencies

Identification of potential emergencies (eg fire, spill, exposure) based on site hazards and specific task hazards.


Emergency procedures

Specification of emergency procedures to respond to identified hazards (eg evacuation, roll call, fire response, spill response, personnel injury, confined space, etc).


Emergency resources required

Specification of what emergency resources are required and where they should be located (eg fire extinguishers, first aid kits, spill kits, etc).


Emergency communications

Who should be contacted in an emergency (more than just 000), eg Project Manager, Office Manager, client representative.


Emergency contact details

Emergency contact details for company, client, contractors and others (eg gas, electricity, telecommunications, site, hospital).



•   General assessment of plan as a whole.

•   Consideration of the layout, format, ease of reading and understanding, ease of completion