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30
Nov, 2017

Rain, Rain go away!

The wet season has started in Northern Australia. This again brings into focus the need to ensure that your fuel storage bund remains free of rainwater to maintain the design bund capacity. The Australian Standard AS 1940 - 2017 Storage and Handling of Flammable and Combustible Liquids requires the Bund Drain Valve to be locked at all times except when it i [...]
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30
Nov, 2017

NSW EPA on the warpath for illegal waste disposal practices

A recent news story reveals that the NSW EPA has been involved in 3 separate prosecutions regarding illegal waste dumping over the past year. One involves a waste recycling company who has allegedly exceeded their license for the volume of waste it can treat at a specific site. The second involves a waste company illegally spreading contaminated mulch on fa [...]
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21
Nov, 2017

Diploma of Environmental Management is a launching pad for University

Some of the students who have completed the 10287NAT Diploma of Environmental Management may be interested in furthering their academic career by pursuing a Bachelor of Environmental Management at university. Absorb has just been notified that the University of Sunshine Coast (USC) has agreed to articulate students into the USC's Bachelor of Environmental [...]
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Nov, 2017

Absorb Training Calendar January 2018 to June 2018

10287NAT Diploma of Environmental Management Nationally Accredited Training Course Schedule - Classroom Delivery Course Code Location Start Date Finish Date SYD 20 Sydney 19/02/2018  23/02/2018 BNE 21 Brisbane 26/02/2018 02/03/2018  MEL 22 Melbourne 19/03/2018 23/03/2018  BNE 23 Brisbane 16/04/2018 20/04/2018  [...]
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07
Sep, 2017

Tyre Mountain to go!

A used tyre dumpsite is in the process of being removed from a location in country Victoria. This collection of 9 million tyres is thought to be the 4th largest collection of tyres in the world. The Victorian Government has decided to remove this dump as it represents a high risk of fire. Tyre fires are particularly difficult to extinguish and are usually l [...]
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07
Sep, 2017

Environmental Offender imprisoned for 4 months in QLD

A recent news story reveals that another person has joined the list of people who have been imprisoned for Environmental Offences. In this case the offender was a manager of a sand and rock quarry.  The offences relate to falsification of details supplied in an application for two Environmental Authorities (EA’s). The nature of the falsification involved [...]
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07
Sep, 2017

Environmental Awareness and Spill Response Training

Most readers would be aware that Absorb offers a range of non-accredited environmental training courses. The most popular of these is the Absorb Plus course which covers both the Legal need to protect the environment and the Practical Measures that are required to effectively and safely respond to a liquid spill using a spill kit. The maximum length of time [...]
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Sep, 2017

Absorb Training Calendar July 2017 to December 2017

10287NAT Diploma of Environmental Management Nationally Accredited Training Course Schedule - Classroom Delivery Course Code Location Start Date MEL 13 Melbourne 18/09/2017 SYD 14 Sydney  09/10/2017 BNE 15 Brisbane  16/10/2017 MEL 16 Melbourne  13/11/2017 PER 12 Perth  13/11/2017 SYD 17 Sydney  27/11/ [...]
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14
Jul, 2017

Bund Inspection and Survey

If you stored liquids in fixed tanks they will no doubt have a bund wall installed around them to prevent the contents escaping if the tank fails. This is both a safety and environmental protection. Most of the liquid storage installations I have inspected do not comply with current Australian Standards in all respects. Some of the non-conformances are easy [...]
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14
Jul, 2017

Too Much Froth and Bubble

Most of us are familiar with the news images of an aircraft fire being extinguished using fire tenders discharging fire fighting foam onto the flames. The fire fighting foam is called Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF). Around 2000 the realisation occurred around the world that the chemicals being used to create the foam had previously unsuspected health impa [...]
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