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How Construction Companies Can Prepare for Future Regulatory Changes in Soil Management

How Construction Companies Can Prepare for Future Regulatory Changes in Soil Management

In an industry where budgets are tighter and timelines shorter, staying up to date on the latest regulatory changes in soil management can quickly fall down the list of priorities. However, with increased focus on sustainability and environmental stewardship, there can be real financial and legal consequences for construction companies who don’t pay attention and competitive advantages for those who do. 

While SoilFLO can’t keep an eye on all business operations, we can assure you that we’re keeping tabs on regulatory changes in soil management. Let’s look at what’s driving some of these soil management regulatory changes, what it means for the construction industry, and how you can stay informed and in compliance.

The Changing Landscape of Soil Management Regulations

Governments and regulatory bodies continue to respond to the growing concerns surrounding soil degradation, contamination, and the overall impact of construction activities on the environment. Climate change, biodiversity loss, and the need for sustainable development have led to reevaluating existing regulations and legislative efforts to introduce new ones. Construction companies generating excess materials from excavation must be prepared to navigate the changing landscape. 

1. Stay Informed: Proactive Compliance Always Wins the Day

 To prepare for future regulatory changes, construction companies must stay informed about soil regulation at the province and federal levels in Canada and the state and federal levels in the United States. Some quick and easy ways to do that are:

  • Join online industry forums and discussions
  • Consult your local construction and trade associations
  • Attend online and IRL workshops and conferences led by subject matter experts. 

Leverage your partner networks knowledge set. (ie. SoilFLO)Keep a finger on the pulse of emerging soil management technologies, sustainable construction methods, and innovative soil remediation techniques so you maintain a competitive advantage. By understanding — and more importantly, complying with — current regulations, you are generally going to be able to be more nimble as more changes occur.

2. Adapt: Embrace Sustainable Practices Sooner Rather Than Later

As environmental standards evolve, construction companies must continue to adapt to new soil management practices and regulations. It keeps you competitive, boosts public goodwill when you pursue meaningful sustainability efforts, and keeps you out of hot water with the local and federal powers that be. While you’re getting up to speed on current regulations and evolving best practices, look for trends and solutions that seem to be gaining traction. 

As soil management technology continues to grow in popularity and usability, you can also see the impact of the digital world on construction trends, and ultimately, future regulations. Today, we can use artificial intelligence, remote sensing, and data analytics to streamline monitoring and compliance so that you have real-time insights into soil health, contamination levels, and environmental impact.

3. Be Proactive: Prevention & Remediation Are Your New Best Friends

Instead of waiting for regulatory changes to be enforced, take a proactive approach to compliance. Prioritize prevention and remediation. Before construction projects begin, it’s important to conduct a thorough environmental impact assessment so you can identify potential risks and plan for preventive measures.

Proactive compliance also includes using robust monitoring systems to assess soil quality and contamination levels regularly. Regular inspections and audits keep you ahead of issues before they escalate, minimizing the risk of regulatory violations and associated penalties. 

The Benefits of Staying Informed, Adaptable, and Proactive

Staying informed, adaptable, and proactive is vital to a rapidly changing field where economics, politics, technology, environmentalism, and more intersect. It’s worth the effort so you can reap these benefits:

  • Regulatory compliance. This one’s a no-brainer. Laws exist — know them and follow them. When you do, you’ll avoid legal consequences that will almost certainly stall or kill your projects and cost you an arm and a leg. 
  • Risk Mitigation. Quality soil management practices that incorporate emerging sustainability trends and technologies reduce the likelihood of environmental incidents, soil contamination, and financial liabilities. Protect the environment and your company’s reputation and financial stability.
  • Enhanced Reputation. More and more, stakeholders, like your clients, investors, and the public, want to see businesses prioritize environmentally responsible practices. Yes, following current regulations is a great public service that protects your bottom line, but when you can show proactive effort to do more than what is expected, you’ll win more business. Cement your reputation as a socially responsible and environmentally conscious organization. It pays off by gaining new work, attracting top talent, and building lasting relationships with clients, partners, and legislators.
  • Cost Savings. Investing in sustainable and proactive soil management practices may initially incur additional costs, but the long-term benefits outweigh the expenses. Efficient resource utilization, fewer environmental incidents, fewer project delays, and avoidance of regulatory fines and penalties will pay big dividends in the long run.
Take Control of Your Earthworks

Regulatory changes around soil management and conservation will continue to shape the construction industry. But you can get in front of it all by adopting new sustainability measures supporting improved soil management.  One way you can do that now is by incorporating our adaptive SoilFLO technology for all your earthmoving activities. Let our platform help you make meaningful changes that keep you in compliance now and ahead of the game down the road. 

From real-time monitoring of soil conditions to streamlined materials management, SoilFlo uses data collected from your job sites to put you in control of soil management so you can save money, decrease your costs, and stay compliant with local and federal regulations. If that sounds good, take our software for a test drive today.

Try SoilFLO Earthworks Software.

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