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Land Contamination

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Land is used by society in various ways including leisure, production of food crops, industrial and residential uses. As a result people can become exposed to any chemicals that are present in soils due to previous industrial activities, accidental releases or those that occur naturally. Consequently legislation is in place to protect the environment and human health from such chemicals

  • Contaminated Land Information Sheets
    The Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards is publishing a series of Contaminated Land Information Sheets. These documents provide advice on emerging issues related to contaminated land. They have been produced so that the HPA can provide advice in a consistent and standardised manner.
  • Checklist for chronic land contamination incidents (PDF, 48 KB)
    Designed for health protection professionals, this checklist includes recommendations for initial response, incident investigation, remedial action and post incident questions for contaminated land sites.  It also provides specific actions for allotment sites and sites being redeveloped.
  • Understanding risks from contaminated land training course
    Details of one-day courses run by the Health Protection Agency designed to give delegates an understanding of how legislative and organisational frameworks underpin contaminated land risk assessment and how to provide an appropriate timely response in relation to public health risks.
  • Questions and answers about contaminated land
    Land is used by society in various ways including leisure, production of food crops, industrial and residential uses. As a result people can become exposed to any chemicals that are present in soils due to previous industrial activities, accidental releases or those that occur naturally.
  • Contaminated land technical FAQs for public health professionals (PDF, 47 KB) 
    Public Health England (PHE) is regularly asked to provide advice to local authorities on technical matters to do with land contamination. Therefore the PHE Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards has provided some of the most frequently asked technical questions and answers.