Ever since the Protection of the Environment Operations Act was implemented in 1997 (POEO), protection of the environment in NSW has been one of the top priorities of the state. POEO has many objectives especially when it comes to protecting the waterways in the area.
The main objectives of the POEO are:
  • Protect, restore, enhance the quality of the environment in NSW
  • Provide increased opportunity for public involvement & participation in environment protection
  • Ensure community has access to relevant and meaningful information about pollution
  • To reduce the risk of human health and prevent degradation of the environment by a number of different things including pollution prevention, the elimination of harmful wastes, and reducing the pollution at the source.
You can read more about POEO and the initiatives this Act is taking by clicking here.
The environmental protection goal relates to desired environmental outcomes and guides the formulation of strategies for the management of human activities that affect the environment.

Why You Should Have a Sediment Control Plan:

One of the main aspects of the POEO is avoiding erosion and keeping the waterways clean from any pollution. Pollution includes sediment, concrete, slurry, paints, solvents, adhesives, pesticides, and litter, just to name a few.

Erosion is defined as the wearing away of land by the action of rainfall, running water, and other sources like wind or gravitational creep and can have huge effects on water quality.  Especially when there is rain, it’s very common for these items listed above to pollute the waterways and it’s your responsibility to avoid that from happening on your work sites. If you don’t, you can get fined a lot of money. 

To avoid getting fined, having a plan for sediment control is necessary on a work site. One building site can lose up to four truckloads of soil in a single storm, so having a plan put in place for these instances are extremely important.  There are many different forms of sediment control and what you need depends on your worksite and your surroundings.

What You Can Do:

Once you have an approved sediment control plan, you can contact a sediment control installation company to install your preferred sediment control service according to your plan. There are a variety of different sediment control services, but silt fencing is an extremely popular option when it comes to sediment control due to its fast installation and affordability.

Silt fencing acts somewhat like a dam and traps the sediment on the site while allowing water to leave the site. It’s a simple strategy, easy to install, it can easily be shifted around, removed, and maintained throughout the construction of your work site.

In the past, there was usually just one form of silt fence- a traditional green colour fence. However, at Hi Vis Silt Fence we have a variety of different options when it comes to silt fencing.  Hi-Vis Silt Fencing has all the functional aspects of traditional green silt fencing but has the added safety feature of being high visibility. Having a Hi-Vis silt fence will increase the safety of your worksite and help reduce accidents which in return, will help with meeting WH&S requirements. You can get Hi-Vis silt fencing installed for the same price as traditional silt fencing, so essentially no reason why you shouldn’t get Hi-Vis silt fencing over traditional green silt fencing. To learn more about Hi-Vis Silt Fencing you can click here.

Traditional Green Silt Fence isn’t as durable as Hi-Vis Silt Fence

If you have any questions regarding sediment control or would like to get a free quote for your worksite, contact us at info@hivisfence.com.au or call us at 0488 631 465.