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'Five W's' of workplace exposure to hazardous substances

Posted by Mary Cameron on 13-Nov-2017 13:25:46

An occupational hygienist is an important player in the fight against workplace-caused ill-health.  In this blog Mary Cameron, occupational hygiene team leader, discusses the 'five w's' of workplace exposure to hazardous substances:


Who is affected?
What employers must do
When should employers act?
Where to find guidance
Why SOCOTEC plays a key role in COSHH compliance

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Topics: Occupational Health & Safety, Occupational Hygiene, Hazardous substances

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

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

Make Reducing Health and Safety Risks Your New Year’s Resolution

Posted by David Gough on 16-Jan-2017 09:50:16

Did you know that 30.4 million working days were lost in 2016 due to work-related illness and injuries? The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released its figures on health and safety at work in the UK during 2016, here is what you need to know.

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Topics: Asbestos, Health & Safety, Occupational Health & Safety, Occupational Hygiene

Health & Wellbeing: An Update from the ORR

Posted by SOCOTEC on 21-Dec-2016 10:57:23

Last month SOCOTEC hosted its annual Railway Environmental Forum and was lucky to have Sharon Mawhood, HM Inspector of Railways, Central Specialist Inspector’s Team, from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), as one of our key speakers. Here, in her guest blog, Sharon gives us an update on the ORR’s occupational health work.

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Topics: Occupational Health & Safety

A Brief History of Hair Toxicology

Posted by Fiona Coope on 27-Oct-2015 13:41:00
Testing for drug and alcohol abuse can be an important part of occupational health and safety. Fiona Coope, forensics business manager, Energy Services, gives a brief history of hair toxicology for illicit substances screening.
 
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Topics: Hair Toxicology, Forensics, Occupational Health & Safety, Drugs of Abuse, Drug Analysis

Asserting a Culture of Safety

Posted by Chris Morgan on 28-Aug-2014 14:09:00
In our latest blog, Chris Morgan, group compliance director at SOCOTEC, introduces our ongoing safety initiative, Everyone’s Safety Goal.
 
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Topics: Health & Safety, Occupational Health & Safety, Everyone's Safety Goal

Getting to Grips with Hair Toxicology

Posted by Paul Powles on 01-Aug-2014 14:07:00
In our latest blog, Paul Powles, senior toxicology case manager for laboratories and analytical services at SOCOTEC introduces us to the topic of hair toxicology and the role it can play in occupational health and safety.
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Topics: Hair Toxicology, Occupational Health & Safety, Drugs of Abuse, Drug Analysis

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