The Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) takes a three-pronged approach to prevent, control and monitor dust during the construction and remediation phase of the Port Hope and Port Granby projects. The Dust Management Requirements and Plan sets out actions, roles and responsibilities for all PHAI staff and contractors who carry out work that has the potential to cause dust. It also establishes control levels that provide an early warning if real-time monitoring indicates dust levels are higher than expected.
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The PHAI dust management plan recognizes that uncontrolled dust from project activities can be both a nuisance and a potential hazard to people and the environment. For this reason, preventing and controlling dust is the responsibility of all work-site personnel, who are trained to take prompt action whenever visible dust is observed.
Continuous, real-time monitoring is used to measure the total dust being generated when work is underway, and the results are checked against pre-established levels – administrative control levels and action levels. Both levels are well below Ministry of the Environment regulatory limits but, nonetheless, act as triggers that require work to be stopped and immediate action to be taken if reached.
The PHAI dust management plan has been developed around the fundamentals that for dust to become airborne, exposed soil, dry conditions and wind must be present. By avoiding or managing these, dust can be prevented and controlled. Prevention
Before starting work, dust prevention measures include:
During work, dust management measures include:
Responsible for monitoring dust continuously at the work site
Responsible for monitoring dust at the perimeter of the work site
Responsible for monitoring dust at the larger work area boundary