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Chemical Spill

Whether in a commercial or residential property, a chemical spill is a complex issue to resolve. You have to understand the nature of the contamination, how far it has spread (both on surfaces and through the air), and what that means for the materials that have been affected. Depending on the type of chemicals, a series of harmful contaminants can be left behind. These can both be a risk to occupants and contractors, as well as causing secondary damage through chemical reactions. When preparing a methodology to resolve the issues, you also have to consider the wider context of the claim, most importantly, what impact will the restoration methodology have on property occupants and the overall project costs?

At DF&A, our independent consultants take a holistic approach, establishing the extent and severity of the issues, providing you with the resolution you need. When involving DF&A in your project or claim, we will:

  • Engage with you to understand what is driving your project (alternative accommodation costs, business interruption, minimising occupant disruption, avoiding project delay penalties etc.)
  • Establish whether the site is safe for occupants and contractors alike with air quality testing
  • Determine the types of contamination present
  • Measure the quantities present
  • Identify how far the contamination has spread
  • Advise on how harmful/severe the contaminants present are
  • Carry out necessary invasive investigation to understand the impact to the building, its fabric, fixtures, fittings and contents
  • Create independent scopes of works for strip out, decontamination and reinstatement activities, aimed at minimising interruption to occupants
  • Co-ordinate and oversee the quality of restoration works, ensuring they are completed satisfactorily and within agreed timelines
  • Carry out completion testing to objectively confirm issues have been resolved

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