James Dodgson

As Commercial Director for SOCOTEC’s Environment & Safety Services, Asbestos, James holds account management responsibility for a number of national and regional clients. A Biology Graduate from Manchester University, James has over a decade of experience working in the health and safety consultancy sector, has specialist knowledge of Asbestos Management and holds the BOHS S301 qualification. James’s experience includes working with a wide variety of clients, from initial auditing of compliance and assessing requirements, through to delivery of large scale projects across diverse property portfolios, helping them to ensure compliance with relevant legislation. James currently chairs the SOCOTEC working group on asbestos in soil, made ground and construction materials.

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Asbestos: Imports and In Ports

Posted by James Dodgson on 02-May-2018 12:04:06

The ports and docks of Great Britain have always been an important entry point for the materials and products that helped to build the country. Since 1940, it was through these docks and ports that saw the import of over 5,000,000 tonnes of raw asbestos fibre into the country.

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Topics: Hazardous substances, Asbestos Management, Asbestos

Managing Asbestos within the UK's Education Sector

Posted by James Dodgson on 12-Feb-2018 11:28:43

Today there are stringent standards that building materials have to comply with in order for them to enter the construction supply chain.  However, whilst the dangers associated with the inhalation of asbestos fibres have been known for many years, asbestos wasn't finally banned completely in the UK until 1999, meaning that the substance remains in significant quantities within many of Britain's buildings.  Here James Dodgson, commercial director for Asbestos at SOCOTEC, discusses the importance of asbestos management within the UK's education sector. 

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Topics: Hazardous substances, asbestos training, Asbestos Management, Asbestos

Unusual Asbestos Discoveries

Posted by James Dodgson on 30-Jan-2018 11:22:48

When it comes to asbestos, roofing and insulation materials tend to be the first things that come to mind. However, not everyone is so aware of the other common materials that may contain asbestos; the HSE list a few examples, such as sprayed coatings, flooring, and textured coatings – all of which pose a health risk if disturbed without suitable precautions.

Before its total ban in November 1999, asbestos was used widely because of its properties as a thermal insulator, its strength, fire resistance and its chemical resistance.

As a provider of asbestos management and consultancy services, our asbestos surveyors have discovered asbestos in a number of locations and, with years of experience, are tuned in to the typical finds as well as the hidden uses of asbestos across many different functions.

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Topics: Asbestos Management, Asbestos

Asbestos Throughout the Ages

Posted by James Dodgson on 19-May-2017 13:50:52

At its very peak in 1973, 183,000 tonnes of asbestos were imported into the UK. However, while we commonly associate the use of asbestos with building materials in the 20th Century, we can actually trace its use back to 3000 BC, when asbestos cloth was used to protect the embalmed bodies of Egyptian Pharaohs.

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Topics: Asbestos

Asbestos Management: Supporting UK Retailers in 2016

Posted by James Dodgson on 19-Apr-2016 17:31:51

With nearly 300,000 outlets across the nation, the retail industry is a major contributor to the UK’s economy. However, in recent years, consumers have started shopping more frequently but purchasing fewer items during each trip in a habit known as the ‘little and often’ trend. Furthermore, trading restrictions on larger stores have led to companies adapting the way in which they conduct business.

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Topics: Asbestos, Asbestos Management, Retail, Built Environment

Making up Ground – Testing for Asbestos in Soils

Posted by James Dodgson on 25-Feb-2016 16:55:15

James Dodgson, explains how a collaborative approach is key to the effective management of the risks associated with asbestos in soil.

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Topics: Built Environment Services, Asbestos In Soils, Asbestos, Health & Safety, Air Testing, Asbestos Management, Contaminated Land

HSE Safer Sites Initiative Is Underway

Posted by James Dodgson on 15-Oct-2014 14:20:00
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been conducting unannounced visits to constructions sites across the UK this week as part of its Safer Sites initiative. In our latest blog, James Dodgson, business development manager, Environment & Safety Services, offers some insight into what the HSE inspectors will be checking for, along with some advice on how we can help.
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Unearthing Asbestos Best Practice

Posted by James Dodgson on 23-Jul-2014 14:06:00
New ‘good practice guidance’ has been published by the Construction Industry Research Information Association (CIRIA), called Asbestos in soil and made ground: a guide to understanding and managing risks (C733). In our latest blog, James Dodgson, business development manager, Built Environment Services, explains what businesses need to know.
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Topics: Asbestos, Asbestos In Soils

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