Human Health

Land contamination can affect the health of people living, working and even visiting a site and it becomes a crucial factor to determine if a site is suitable for its intended use

A detailed quantitative risk assessment can help to determine if there are any unacceptable risks to human health, and delimit the level of clean-up necessary to make a site safe.

At PBA, we understand the implication ofground contamination for developers and land owners. However, if these are evaluated and dealt with appropriately, a contaminated site does not have to be an undevelopable one. Our pragmatic approach aims to provide our clients with a clear indication of the issues but most importantly, provide alternatives to manage any unacceptable risks in accordance with current Planning and Environment Agency Guidance.

PBA holds a large and successful portfolio of risk assessments in industrial sites as well as commercial and residential areas. Among the methodologies employed are:

  • CLEA – Allows for the derivation of generic and site-specific criteria to evaluate risk to human health from soil contamination
  • Johnson-Ettinger Vapour Intrusion – Assesses risk to human health from contaminative vapours
  • RBCA – Allows the calculation of risk levels (i.e. 1 in a million) and clean-up standards protective of both human health and environment for soil and groundwater.