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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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Supporting Future Generations of Geotechnical Engineers

Supporting Future Generations of Geotechnical Engineers

From the roads, railways and tunnels we use to travel, to the foundations of the buildings we inhabit, geotechnical engineering is all around us. SOCOTEC Monitoring has real enthusiasm for the industry in which it operates, and encouraging future generations of geotechnical engineers by offering student placements is just one manifestation of this passion. Tom Fitzsimmons, an undergraduate at the University of Portsmouth studying BEng (Hons) engineering geology and geotechnics explains what attracted him to this field of study and talks about his first few months working as an assistant engineer at SOCOTEC Monitoring.…

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SOCOTEC Monitoring on the Roads: Monitoring the UK’s Highways

SOCOTEC Monitoring on the Roads: Monitoring the UK’s Highways

When undertaking any form of construction or improvement works on or around highways, it is essential that geotechnical and structural risks are identified, reported and managed over the lifetime of the scheme, throughout the design phase, construction and ongoing asset management. Over the years, SOCOTEC Monitoring has become well-known as an expert provider of geotechnical and structural monitoring solutions for major roadway construction projects. Below we recap some of the notable projects SOCOTEC Monitoring has worked on in this field.…

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Welding Fume: Change in Enforcement Expectations

Welding Fume: Change in Enforcement Expectations

In February 2019, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) published a bulletin entitled Change in Enforcement Expectations for Mild Steel Welding Fume, and released detailed guidance for employers in November of the same year. Occupational Hygienist, Karl Colella, discusses this change and how it effects the workplace.…

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The Importance of Health and Safety Training and Legionella Compliance

The Importance of Health and Safety Training and Legionella Compliance

Health and safety training and legionella compliance are legal requirements which ensure the general wellbeing of your staff, and, if not regularly monitored and maintained, can greatly impact upon rail operations. Both of these areas served as hot topics at the recent Railway Environmental Forum 2019, with the key learnings summarised below to provide those who were unable to attend the event an insight into the discussions that took place.…

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Protecting Your Rail Operations Against Cold Weather

Protecting Your Rail Operations Against Cold Weather

With colder spells becoming increasingly commonplace and winter looming ever closer, train operators and facilities managers across the UK will no doubt be thinking about how they can maintain safe, efficient operations for their rolling stock as the harsher weather sets in. David Gilmour, business manager for SOCOTEC’s Environment & Safety Services, answers a range of frequently asked questions on how to keep your railways operational this winter.…

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