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  • 1. ENVIRONME SGS ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES CAPABILITY STATEMENT
  • 2. THE SGS DIFFERENCEMORE THAN 130 YEARS AGO, SGS WAS FOUNDED IN ROUEN, FRANCE, AS A GRAIN INSPECTION COMPANY. SINCE THATMOMENT, WE HAVE GROWN THROUGH DIVERSIFICATION AND ACQUISITION INTO THE WORLD’S LEADING INSPECTION,VERIFICATION, TESTING AND CERTIFICATION COMPANY.Throughout the early and mid 20th By the start of the new millennium, a CONTACTcentury, we expanded beyond our core wide-ranging corporate restructuring led SGS Australia Pty Ltdoffering in agricultural inspection to activi- to the formation of the ten businessesties in minerals, oil, gas, chemicals, con- that are now found at SGS. From our 10 Reid Rdsumer goods and industrial services. By beginnings in 1878 as a grain inspection Newburn Western Australia WA 61051980, half of our revenue was generated house, we have steadily grown into our P: 61 8 9373 3500from services that had not even existed role as the industry leader. We havein 1970, adding expertise in automotive, done this through continual improvement F: 61 8 9373 3556environmental, certification, governmen- and innovation and by reducing risk and E: AU.SGS@SGS.comtal and life science services. improving the productivity and effi- www.au.sgs.com/environmentalIn 1981, SGS became a publicly traded ciency of our customers’ operations. Wecompany on the Swiss Stock Exchange. continue to look beyond customers’ andThe 1990s opened up tremendous op- society’s expectations in order to deliverportunity for us as trade barriers fell and market leading services wherever theynew markets emerged. are needed.
  • 3. OUR NETWORK DELIVERS THE SERVICEYOU NEEDThrough our network SGS Environmental Environmental Laboratoryis able to ensure that you have the localsupport needed for your project to run Dedicated Environmental Staffsmoothly. Using dedicated localenvironmental personnel SGS can reactquickly to your needs.
  • 4. ROUTINE ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS ACID ROCKSThe environment is a highly topical affair. Companies are constantly confronted with SOILSnew laws and regulations and spend a lot of effort to meet environmental require- With Acid Sulphate Soils occuringments, such as; adaptation of production processes, investments in emission-reducing throughout large areas of Australia it istechniques, and others. The best solution is to acquire the services of a laboratory that important that decisions are based onis independent of industrial or sectoral organisations, authorities, and pressure groups. the best data available. SGS, throughSGS is a laboratory, group or network without commercial ties except those with its the Cairns and Perth laboratories, hasclients. We have been working on the analysis of raw materials and the testing of prod- been involved with Acid Sulphate Soilsucts with care and integrity for more than a century. Today, we also apply this philoso- since 1995 and has closely followed thephy for our environmental measurements and analyses. development of analytical techniquesThe accuracy and integrity of our people gives our measurement reports a high value as they have progressed. As the actionand a wide degree of acceptance aside from the numerous accreditations of our labo- criteria was developed SGS has focusedratories and their technological infrastructure. Our measurement reports are more than on ensuring our analysis not only meetsvaluable, it is a tool to demonstrate that you are operating in a correct and responsible the criteria but exceeds it, allowing con-manner. sultants the flexibility to determine when soils were approaching the action limit and not only when they were exceeded. The location of the Cairns and Perth laboratories places SGS in the centre of the Acid Sulphate Soil landscape and has allowed SGS to acquire vast knowledge of the analysis and types of matrices that are present. Acid Rock Drainage (ARD), also referred to as Acid Mine Drainage (AMD), is the outflow of acidic water from mining operations including waste rock, tailings, and exposed surfaces in open pits and underground workings. SGS is a global technical leader in the field of ARD with years of experience helping mining companies worldwide. Our laboratories offer complete ARD testing services that help predict acidic effluents. We have the technical expertise to provide mitigating strategies and innovative, yet practical solutions to reduce the environmental impact of your operation. SGS has worked closely with freight suppliers over the years to ensure that samples can reach our laboratories as quickly as possible from all locations na- tionwide. Once at the laboratory results can be turned around as quickly as 24hrs providing consultants with timely and accurate data to make informed decisions.
  • 5. DIOXINS HYDROCARBON FINGERPRINTINGDioxins are persistent organic toxic SGS is able to provide detailed information on petroleum hydrocarbons including;components that nowadays are forming Ageing, Weathering, Product Specification, Hydrocarbon Distribution, Biomarkers, PAHa group of popular environmental pol- Distribution and unknown Chemicals of Potential Concern. Extensive State-of-the-Artlutants. The carcinogenic characteristics techniques used are various and allow flexibility based on matrix and product composi-of these compounds and the attention tion, resulting in a report as detailed as a forensic-type analysis or a simple productthey get by the public through crises and identification. The fingerprint measures the entire range of petroleum products, theiraccidents, brings awareness around the additives and derived hydrocarbons as well as the weathering effect by environmentglobe in terms of health concern and ac- when they are released. A mixture of contamination sources can be quantitativelytions to be taken to prevent their release separated by identifying unique chemical markers. The resulting array of data providesin the environment. detailed information about petroleum products which are present in the sample. De- pending on the matrix and complexities of the sample, a combination of a number ofDioxins consist of 210 components, analytical techniques may be utilised. The results obtained will provide highly accurate,including the PolyChlorinated Dibenzo- reliable information.Dioxins (PCDD’s) and the PolyChlorinatedDibenzoFurans (PCDF’s) of which 17are considered as being toxic. Dioxinsare not intentionally manufactured butare formed as a by product in chemicalprocesses and in uncontrolled combus-tions. As dioxins are unintentionallyformed, they have to be differentiatedfrom other very similar components at avery low level, parts per trillion or partsper quadrilion. These are levels which areabout 1 000 000 times lower in concen-tration compared to the normal levelother environmental components have tobe determined.SGS offers clinical certainty that thereare no dioxin risks in your productionprocesses. With a team of highly skilledscientists, our Institute for AppliedChromatography (I.A.C.) analyses tracesof dioxin contamination in a wide rangeof samples by means of innovative andadvanced techniques such as HRGC /HRMS. The results of our dioxin analysesare accurate and reliable. We can provethat you are safe!
  • 6. ASBESTOS & HYGIENE MININGIn the past, asbestos was used for thousands of products from automotive brakes, SGS has a long tradition as a leading sup-friction products, textiles, insulation and many building materials. Now considered plier of testing and certification servicescarcinogenic, the use of asbestos is strongly regulated or altogether banned. SGS test to the mining industry. Services include;for the presence of asbestos in suspect building materials and measures the air quality the preparation and analyses of a vastin locations where asbestos-containing materials have been used. Throughout our net- array of commodities, financial and tech-work SGS conducts Asbestos identification in-house by using our accredited identifiers. nical risk reduction, quality and quantityThis enables us to provide an efficient and cost effective service to you. inspections, pilot-plant programs, on-site laboratories, process improvements and geometallurgical services.EnvironmentalDRINKING WATER QUALITY samples that originate from mine sites need to be handled by the laboratoryMore than 70% of our earth’s surface consists of water. Water is of vital importance to with trust and integrity. The differingall life on earth. But water is not only of biological importance, it is also essential to our matrices that are present around minesocial, societal and economic existence. We analyse your samples with the greatest of sites can cause analytical issues and itcare and accuracy for their chemical, biochemical or microbiological quality. The results is imperative that the testing facility hasof our analyses are checked against the requirements set by your organisation or the experience and robust methods in place.authorities. Over the course of 30 years SGS has built up an unparalleled reputationin the determining of the quality of water. We have monitored the quality of drinkingwater in capital cities throughout Australia and are able to meet the stringent limits of Our environmental laboratories ensurethe Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. the mining industry receives dependable analytical data enabling them to makeOur expertise includes: the right decisions, at the right time.• Analysis of inorganic parameters (anions, metals, nutrients)• Analysis of organic parameters (solvents, mineral oil, PAH’s, pesticides)• Sampling of groundwater from deep and shallow monitoring• Sampling of drinking water• COD, BOD, pH and conductivity• Microbiological analyses• Various analysis packages (drinking and groundwater packages)MARINE SEDIMENTSTo ensure a healthy marine environment for Australia both today and for the future it isessential that all dredging and sea dumping is performed to regulatory guidelines. SGSis able to partner with you in this process by providing quality analytical data allowingyou to make timely and accurate decisions. SGS can ensure the analytical componentof your project is performed to the highest standards. By supporting your projectonshore SGS allows you to concentrate on the primary project goal. The concerns ofsample transport, holding times and sample analysis are all supervised by SGS. Bybringing together field support, quality data and industry leading procedures
  • 7. AIR TOXICS SPECIALIST SERVICESAre the measures you have taken to pre- A specialist “Industrial & Analytical Services” team, within SGS Environmental Servic-vent exposure to hazardous substances es, handles non-routine analytical works. The analytical laboratory, equipped with stateeffective enough? Only periodic checks of the art analytical equipment, advanced technologies and expertise, has become acan give you insight into the quality of leader in many areas including air, land, and water. The successes come not only fromworking conditions. This work has now technologies, expertise, experience and innovation but the ability in dealing with realbeen entrusted to SGS for more than world analytical problems and meeting commercial needs. Some of the studies under-100 years. With SGS, you know you taken for various industries:are in good hands. Air Toxics include a • Fingerprinting of petroleum and solvents in contaminated soil and waterwide range of air pollutants that can befound in ambient air. The most com- • Speciation of mercury in soil and the stability studies of mercury leachates formon include volatile and semi-volatile landfill disposalorganic compounds and heavy metals. • Measurement of air dispersion using tracer SF6 – direct measurements at partsMajor sources of air toxics pollutants per trillionth levelinclude emissions from industrial plants • Sampling and characterisation of accumulated wastes.and motor vehicles. It has been foundthat even at low levels air toxics can be • Measurements of climate change fluorinated parameters-SF6, hydrofluorocarbonshazardous to the environment and hu- (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (CF4, C2F6, C3F8), N2O, CH4 etc.man health. In addition to the analyses of • Sampling and analysis of PAHs, aldehydes in ambient air.heavy metals and a range of inorganics, • Investigation of odour from industrial effluent discharge.SGS Environmental is able to analyse forvolatile organic compounds by USEPA • Ambient air measurements of VOCs by NATA USEPA AirToxics TO14 and TO15.TO-15 method. In fact, the Sydney facility • Investigation of waste material illegally discarded on land or in aquifers.was the first to gain NATA accreditation • Validation of on-line stack FTIR VOC analyzer by laboratory sampling and analysis.for this method of air toxic analyses inAustralia. SGS Environmental can also • Investigation of unknown warehouse odor that caused evacuation.provides SUMMA canisters for sample • Resolving high reported sulfide in complex industrial trade waste.collection. A Summa canister is a stain- • Suitability of use of various underground pipes in contaminated land for transport-less steel vessel in which the internal ing contaminated water.surfaces have been specially passivatedusing a “Summa” process. This process • Investigation of chemical contamination in bulk chemicals.uses an electro-polishing step followed • Investigation of unknown deposits in industrial processes.by chemical deactivation to produce a • Method development for a wide range of non-routine environmental analysis insurface that is chemically inert. SGS Envi- solid, aqueous and air matrices.ronmental also performs analysis of air,gas and emission samples in applicationssuch as;• Landfill and Fugitive Hases MULTITRACE ANALYSIS• Ambient air monitoring MultiTrace® is a quick, multi-component analytical screening method that allows a• Workplace exposure to volatile/ broad analysis of contaminants contained in soil and ground water samples. The 350 semi-volatile and inorganic com- target compounds are carefully selected and continuously reviewed, updated and pounds extended to address the present and expected environmental legislation, locally and internationally. In contrast to the conventional approach which is based on sequenced• Process & Vent gas monitoring and compound specific testing procedures, this methodology incorporates an extensive list analysis for impurity gases of substances mainly micro-pollutants and POPs via an integrated sample processing• Site boundary monitoring flow.• Stack gas analysis MultiTrace® is a real risk assessment tool. All QA/QC method characteristics like validi-• Vehicle exhausts emissions ty, accuracy and precision have been investigated thoroughly and successfully validated via an EN-ISO 17025 accreditation scheme. This integrated laboratory testing concept• Metals in Dust allows a commitment to a short turnaround time of a maximum of 7 working days from• Soil Vapour laboratory receipt date.MultiTrace® is the SGS smart tool for all your fast, qualitative, quantitative and in depth environmental investigation and research purposes.
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