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SOCOTEC Hosted Railway Environmental Forum 2017 at Tower Bridge and Auchentoshan Distillery

Posted by Nicola Atkinson on 27-Nov-2017 09:37:42

It was just a few weeks ago that SOCOTEC, formerly ESG, hosted another Railway Environmental Forum in both Glasgow and London.

Nicola Atkinson, rail account manager, Environment & Safety Services, discusses this year’s success, the fantastic venues and why such an event is important to the rail industry.

Don’t just take our word for it... Andy Cordwell from GTR, Mark Quirke from GWR and Steve Rooke from SWR, have also kindly given their feedback about the Forum. 

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Topics: Built Environment Services, Rail, Railway Environmental Forum, Effluent

Supporting the Rail Industry with 2017's Railway Environmental Forum

Posted by Nicola Atkinson on 26-Oct-2017 12:27:46

Our annual event, the Railway Environmental Forum, is around the corner once again with only one week to go until our experts present on a range of environmental, safety and compliance topics at Glasgow. Just a week later, our second event will be held in London.

With the focus of Monitoring Environmental Inputs and Outputs at rail depots and work sites, Nicola Atkinson, SOCOTEC’s rail account manager, explains what’s involved in the day and what will be learnt when attending.

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Topics: Built Environment Services, Rail, Groundwater, Railway Environmental Forum, Effluent

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

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

Make the Most of Summer on the Rail Network

Posted by David Gilmour on 23-Jun-2017 13:20:07

With the hopes of a bright and sunny British summer just around the corner, David Gilmour, Business Manager, Built Environment Services, SOCOTEC, has put together a summer checklist for all the rail-related tasks that are ideal for completing during the mild weather.

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Topics: Environmental Monitoring, Fuel Testing, Rail, drainage surveys

Metallurgy Testing to Keep the Rail Network Running at Full Steam

Posted by Tim Norman on 31-May-2017 14:13:46

Tim Norman, principal materials consultant, Infrastructure Services, explores how metallurgical investigation and testing can help rail operators ensure they not only offer a safe rail service for passengers, but minimise future maintenance requirements too.

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Topics: Health & Safety, Materials Testing, Rail

Getting to Grips with HAVS

Posted by David Wright on 26-Apr-2017 12:14:24

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), also known as Vibration White Finger, is a condition triggered by long-term continuous use of vibrating hand-held machinery. Over time, the condition can leave a tingling or numbness in the fingers, a sensitivity to cold weather, or even loss of manual dexterity.

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Topics: Health & Safety, Rail, Occupational Hygiene, HAVS

Characterising Unknowns: Behind the Scenes of Chemical Investigation

Posted by Paul Walker on 24-Mar-2017 14:20:43

It’s amazing what can be found on the UK’s railways and when there are issues, they are not always easy to identify. Paul Walker, senior development specialist, takes us behind the scenes of the specialist chemistry laboratory, to discover the secret behind the characterisation of unknown materials.

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Topics: Specialist Chemistry, Rail, Chemical Analysis, Identifying Unknowns

Solving Mysteries on the Railways with Chemical Analysis

Posted by Paul Walker on 22-Feb-2017 10:19:31

SOCOTEC’s chemical analysis team regularly helps our rail clients identify unknown materials found on the tracks, in depots or even on board trains. Unknown substances can be a major cause of concern, often leading to the appearance of mysterious deposits, residue build-up or mechanical failures. Paul Walker, the Sherlock Holmes of the specialist chemistry laboratory, reflects on some of the cases he has cracked for the rail industry.

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Topics: Specialist Chemistry, Rail

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