CSARM Module C and D: Assessment of contaminants of concern
A program of short course modules to help environmental professionals update their specific area of expertise, extend their knowledge base and network with colleagues in industry and government.
The goal of contaminated land management and site auditing is to ensure the protection of human health and the environment. The assessment of likely harm posed by COCs (Contaminants of Concern) requires a deep understanding of their properties, behaviour in various media and toxicities to humans and other biota.
This module deals with the properties of COCs, the factors affecting their fate and transport in the environment and the basis of their toxicities to living organisms. It also addresses the on- and off-site effects of contaminants, the appropriate use of laboratory analyses and toxicological results required for defensible reporting of impacts.
This module was previously offered as two separate modules (C & D). It is to be viewed as an equivalent to these in content (and therefore for the purposes of recognition of prior learning). Please note that it is presented over three full days and requires additional pre-reading and post work compared to the other 4 modules.
Who Will Benefit?
This program is particularly useful for:
- Environmental consultants seeking certification.
- Aspiring contaminated site auditors and environmental managers.
- Local Government Environmental Health and Planning Officers
- Allied professionals including engineers, soil scientists, geologists, chemists, environmental scientists and occupational hygienists
- Environmental professionals seeking a change in career direction
- Regulatory drivers for investigating contamination
- Major groups of COCs, their behaviour in a range of media, their persistence and transformations
- Dealing with emerging COCs and issues
- Roles of human and ecological toxicology in site assessment
- Sampling quality in assessing determining contamination
- Defensible use of laboratory results
- Groundwater contamination
- Radioactive contamination
- Case studies and site visit