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Personal Exposure Monitoring During COVID-19

Personal Exposure Monitoring During COVID-19

As the nation gradually eases out of the Coronavirus lockdown and demand for rail services begins to rise, it is important that, as well as adhering to the health and safety guidelines enforced as a result of COVID-19, employers continue to protect the health and safety of their workforce by regularly monitoring the level of exposure to hazardous substances.…

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Managing Idle Buildings During COVID-19

Managing Idle Buildings During COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an increased amount of people are now at home with buildings and structures sitting idle across the UK. With some workplaces temporarily shut, SOCOTEC’s Health and Safety team discusses some key actions to safeguard idle properties.…

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How to Manage your Mental Health During a Crisis

How to Manage your Mental Health During a Crisis

It is now required that a significant amount of the population will be completing their jobs from home, only leaving the house for essentials. In this guest blog, Sophie Thomas, mental health care professional, reflects on managing your mental health during a crisis and provides tips on improving your health and wellbeing.…

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Fire Management in the Rail Sector

Fire Management in the Rail Sector

Fire is a significant risk to any organisation and work setting - and implementing - a fire management programme will set procedures in place to protect workers and the general public from the potential destruction it can cause.…

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A Day in the Life of a Site Engineer

A Day in the Life of a Site Engineer

Playing an integral part in the delivery of site investigation works, site engineers are responsible for ensuring the smooth running of every project, more often than not from start to finish. In this blog, Peter Chester, geologist/site engineer within SOCOTEC’s Ground Investigation division, reflects on the high profile projects he has participated in, as well as discussing the importance of planning to overcome the range of challenges posed on site.…

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SOCOTEC Monitoring on the Railway

SOCOTEC Monitoring on the Railway

When undertaking building and civil engineering works on or near to the railway, monitoring the movement of the ground, adjacent structures and assets is essential to ensure the safety of workers, passengers and the environment. From cuttings and embankments to tunnels, stations and viaducts, SOCOTEC Monitoring UK Ltd has designed, installed and managed monitoring systems for a range of rail projects across the UK, helping to deliver schemes in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Combining critical real-time information with over 30 years’ civil engineering experience, SOCOTEC Monitoring has overseen small and large-scale railway projects across their entire lifecycle.…

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A Day in the Life of a Geophysicist

A Day in the Life of a Geophysicist

Harry Higgs has worked in SOCOTEC’s Ground Investigation division for the last three years and currently holds the position of senior geophysicist. In this blog, Harry explains the bespoke nature of his role and the importance of clear communication and accuracy within the geophysical sector.…

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The Importance of Legionella Record Keeping and Monitoring on the Railway

The Importance of Legionella Record Keeping and Monitoring on the Railway

The first requirement within the Legionnaires’ Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L8 is to appoint a responsible person and a deputy, put in place a written scheme of control and ensure that everyone involved in managing the risk from legionella is suitably trained. Having an effective monitoring regime and keeping records is vitally important to demonstrate the system is under control and well managed.…

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