Waste from industrial sites can cause major environmental damage if they enter the stormwater system.
Stormwater systems, the gutters, drains and pipes that collect run-off, flow into local rivers, lakes and coastal waters. Contamination that is allowed to enter one part of the stormwater system will flow into the waterways that we use for our gardens, food and recreation.
Businesses often use hazardous chemicals in the running of their business and are required to ensure that none of these chemicals, and other potential pollutants used in their business, are released into the stormwater system.
Prepare your workplace to prevent stormwater pollution:
Keep your workplace clean:
Minimise the risk of an accident:
By implementing thorough Stromwater management practices, organisations reduce the risk to stormwater and groundwater quality that is posed by their business activities. Stormwater management practices improve workplace safety while lowering the risk of the organization breaching environmental legislation and the cost of subsequently being prosecuted. These practices limit the introduction of chemicals and other pollutants to our waterways, lives and bodies.
Taking responsibility to manage and avoid pollution being washed into the stormwater system will result in our workplaces being safe for the community and environment. This action will directly reduce the amount of pollution flowing into our local waterways and the broader environment.
Businesses will utilize a broad range of industrial chemicals, oils and other compounds in the production of their products and services. To allow these pollutants, which include heavy metals, nitrogen and other chemical pollutants to contaminate our waterways allows these chemicals into our food chain, the food we eat, and ultimately us.
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