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Discovering Asbestos in Post-2000 Buildings

Discovering Asbestos in Post-2000 Buildings

When the Asbestos Prohibition (Amendment) Regulations 1999 banned the import, supply and use of asbestos and asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in the UK, HSE guidelines stated that no asbestos fibrous minerals should be contained within commercial and non-domestic buildings constructed after the year 2000. But what is the recommended course of action when asbestos is discovered within post-2000 buildings?…

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Asbestos Mishaps on the Railway and How to Avoid Them

Asbestos Mishaps on the Railway and How to Avoid Them

The railway industry was among the first to make extensive use of asbestos and asbestos-containing materials (ACMs), with the fibrous mineral found to be especially useful as insulation for pipes, boilers and fireboxes in steam locomotives. In this blog, Denis Morgan, divisional technical manager for SOCOTEC’s Asbestos team, discusses how to identify and manage the risks of asbestos exposure in rolling stock built before the UK-wide ban in 1999.…

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Meet the Asbestos Team: A Day in the Life of a Project Manager

Meet the Asbestos Team: A Day in the Life of a Project Manager

Joseph Thomas, project manager at SOCOTEC’s Bridgend site, is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day supervision of many of the organisation’s asbestos management and consultancy services. Working on projects across a wide range of business sectors and types, Joseph explains more about the variety he comes across in his role, as well as why he enjoys working as part of SOCOTEC’s Asbestos division.…

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A Day in the Life of a Utility Surveyor

A Day in the Life of a Utility Surveyor

Craig Sharpe, utility surveyor at SOCOTEC’s Deeside site, first joined the organisation 18 months ago, having amassed over seven years of expertise in the geotechnical sector. In this blog, he outlines his daily responsibilities and explains how his role contributes to the division’s wider project delivery.…

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Syngas: Production and Methods of Analysis

Syngas: Production and Methods of Analysis

Syngas – an abbreviation for synthesis gas – is a flammable mixture comprising hydrogen, carbon monoxide and various hydrocarbons. Its name derives from its ability to synthesise other chemicals and act as an intermediary, generating a synthetic natural gas that creates ammonia and/or methanol. Here, Daniel Bignell, one of SOCOTEC’s senior analysts who is directly responsible for the creation of the organisation’s syngas method, explains how syngas is produced and analysed, as well as detailing how SOCOTEC can provide a range of services to assist your business with any syngas-related requirements.…

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HAVS – Compliance and Control Measures

HAVS – Compliance and Control Measures

Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is a widespread injury affecting tens of thousands of workers across the construction, engineering, road, rail and utilities sectors. While there has been a general reduction in the number of HAVS claims made between 2009 and 2018, 180 new cases were reported in 2018 alone, as well as a 33% increase in HAVS breaches on construction sites in 2018. In this blog, SOCOTEC's Occupational Hygiene Team Leader, Robert Preston, discusses Complaince and Control Measures for HAVS.…

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LEV from a Technical Perspective

LEV from a Technical Perspective

A Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) system can help employers effectively control exposure to gas, vapour, dust, fumes and mist generated in the workplace by extracting the contaminant cloud before the workers breathe it in. An LEV system should be able to effectively capture fugitive hazardous substances, removing them from the workplace and thereby aiding in hazardous substance exposure control for the workers. SOCOTEC's Occupational Hygienist, Mary Cameron, discusses LEVs from a technical perspective.…

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SOCOTEC Monitoring Celebrates Being a Finalist at the New Civil Engineer Tunnelling Awards

SOCOTEC Monitoring Celebrates Being a Finalist at the New Civil Engineer Tunnelling Awards

On Thursday 5 December, Sheridan Elliott – SOCOTEC Monitoring’s technical manager – presented the innovative solution devised to monitor the Barking Riverside Extension project to a panel of judges at the NCE Tunnelling Awards. As a finalist in the Instrumentation & Monitoring category, Sheridan demonstrated how SOCOTEC Monitoring’s innovative use of existing instrumentation and monitoring techniques is contributing to an improved outcome for Transport for London on the Barking Riverside Extension project.…

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