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Cut Through the Noise with Sound Advice for Environmental Noise Monitoring

Posted by Guillermo Tomac on 27-Sep-2017 09:02:08

Noise is one of the most widespread environmental pollutants that can cause a number of health issues. In various industries, including rail, it is important to monitor and control environmental noise to ensure noise levels in commercial, industrial and transportation settings comply with the recommendations set by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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Topics: Built Environment Services, Rail, Occupational Health & Safety, environmental noise monitoring,, noise and vibration

Taking a look at EU Biocidal Product legislation

Posted by Jon Fielder on 11-Sep-2017 11:45:57

Navigating the health and safety legislation surrounding the use of biocides can sometimes be a daunting task, with legal jargon and heavy wording complicating an already testing subject matter. Jon Fielder, technical director for Water Treatment Equipment, Built Environment Services, SOCOTEC, breaks through the noise to decipher what you need to know about the EU Biocidal Products Legislation.

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Topics: Built Environment Services, Water, Legislation Updates, Water Management

LEV Assessment: Back to the Shop Floor for Operations Director

Posted by David Gough on 29-Aug-2017 16:30:08

With a degree in Chemistry and a desire to be interacting with people and the practical working environment, David Gough, operations director, Built Environment Services, SOCOTEC, embarked on a progressive career in occupational hygiene over 20 years ago.

Occupational hygiene is all about the recognition, control and management of workplace health risks – from chemicals, biohazards and physical agents such as noise & vibration. Occupational hygienists use science and engineering to control risks to health, by designing out hazards and applying engineering controls to minimise exposures.

In the workplace, exposure to hazardous substances should either be prevented or adequately controlled.  The purpose of an Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) system is to control the emission of such substances to the atmosphere as close as possible to the point of source, thereby preventing release into the workplace.  To be effective, LEV must initially be well designed and constructed.  Over time, the performance of systems can deteriorate due to wear, blockage or damage.  Thus, regular inspection and testing is critical to ensure that control of exposure remains adequate, and this is one of the many occupational hygiene services that SOCOTEC provides.

Here, David talks us through the process at a major railway maintenance depot.

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Topics: Built Environment Services, Rail, Occupational Health & Safety, Occupational Hygiene, LEV assessment

Behind the Scenes at a Rail Depot: Keeping the Client Compliant

Posted by David Gilmour on 26-Jul-2017 11:23:56

David Gilmour, business manager, Built Environment Services, SOCOTEC, visited the maintenance depot of a long-term rail client for their monthly depot monitoring assessment, as part of SOCOTEC’s services to keep them compliant. Here, David tells us about his day on site to share what goes on behind the scenes.

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Topics: Built Environment Services, Fuel Testing, Rail, Legionella, Groundwater, Effluent

Mapping Asbestos in Concrete: Laying the Foundations for Safe Building Demolition

Posted by David Birkin on 10-Jul-2017 10:10:07

Until the late 1970s, asbestos was a commonly used building material and, despite its use declining until a total ban was implemented in 1999, its legacy lives on in over 5.5 million buildings in the UK. This can bring a number of challenges when it comes to building demolition, due to the health and safety hazards involved in managing asbestos and asbestos containing materials (ACMs). It is crucial to establish the extent of such substances prior to carrying out any refurbishment or demolition work on a building. 

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Topics: Built Environment Services, Asbestos In Soils, Asbestos, Asbestos Management, asbestos in concrete

Not Just Training But Passion and Knowledge at CPD Seminar

Posted by Mick Pratt on 13-Dec-2016 10:04:16

Mick Pratt, commercial director – water, Environment & Safety Services, talks us through his highlights from last month’s Organisational Health Seminar: Minimising Environmental Risk.

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Topics: Built Environment Services, Occupational Hygiene

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

Railway Environmental Forum 2015

Posted by Noelyn Allen on 29-Sep-2015 14:40:00
Last week, SOCOTEC, formerly ESG, hosted its annual Railway Environmental Forum at London Underground’s Stratford Depot. Noelyn Allen, business development director, Environment & Safety Services, SOCOTEC, gives us a run-down of the day.
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Topics: Built Environment Services, Asbestos In Soils, Rail, Legionella, Railway Environmental Forum

Keeping your Water Systems Safe by Reducing Legionella Risk

Posted by Paul Sear on 07-Aug-2015 14:37:00
Summer is upon us, bringing with it sunshine and warmer weather. While the heat might be very welcome for those of us who like to spend more time outdoors, it does also create the right conditions for bacteria, like Legionella, to thrive.
 
 
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Topics: Built Environment Services, Legionella, Water, Water Systems, Water Management

Better L8 than never...Revision to Legionella Control in Water Systems

Posted by Paul Sear on 17-Jul-2015 14:04:00
After more than 13 years, The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has finally updated its guidance for legionella management and control, with the revision of ‘Legionnaires’ disease: The control of legionella bacteria in water system Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L8’ and publication of the new ‘Technical Guidance HSG 274’. In our latest blog, Paul Sear, technical manager at SOCOTEC discusses the changes and explains what organisations need to know.
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Topics: Built Environment Services, Legionella, Water, Water Systems, Water Management