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Reducing Water Footprint in the Food and Beverage Industry

Reducing Water Footprint in the Food and Beverage Industry

Food production requires a significant volume of water, with around 25,000 litres required to grow and produce a day’s supply of food for a family of four (Save the Water, 2019). Due to the rapid growth in human development and population numbers, the value of water as a precious and finite resource is being increasingly recognised, particularly within the food and beverage manufacturing industry where it is heavily relied upon.…

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SOCOTEC in the Rail Sector - Annual Review

SOCOTEC in the Rail Sector - Annual Review

While there is no doubt that 2020 has proven particularly challenging for the rail industry, we would like to take a moment to look back at some of the ways in which SOCOTEC has supported the rail sector and kept the country moving throughout the pandemic.…

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Controlling Airborne Hazards in the Workplace

Controlling Airborne Hazards in the Workplace

While COVID-19 continues to take centre stage when it comes to the prevention of respiratory illness in the workplace, there remain a host of airborne hazards that pose an equally high level of risk that employers cannot afford to overlook. Each of these must be assessed and controlled so as to prevent workers from contracting lung illnesses associated with working activities, such as occupational asthma, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, mesothelioma and lung cancer.…

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RIDDOR and COVID-19 – Actions for Employers

RIDDOR and COVID-19 – Actions for Employers

With cases of COVID-19 continuing to increase across the UK, many employers are struggling to determine whether or not any positive cases within their workforce are reportable under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR). It is important to note that reporting requirements under RIDDOR relating to cases or deaths from COVID-19 under RIDDOR apply only to occupational exposure (as a result of a person’s work).…

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Lubricant Testing and Condition Monitoring: Insights and Innovations

Lubricant Testing and Condition Monitoring: Insights and Innovations

Earlier this year, testing, inspection and compliance provider, SOCOTEC, introduced a new eco-friendly initiative for taking oil samples. Forming a key part of the organisation’s sustainability agenda, the new method encourages clients to switch to reusable sample pumps instead of single-use syringes. Any remaining oil-contaminated waste will be recycled into low-grade plastics by an approved waste carrier, creating a significant saving on waste disposal costs, as well as reducing the overall level of plastic consumption.…

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Contaminated Land on Railway Sites

Contaminated Land on Railway Sites

Over the years, SOCOTEC’s Contaminated Land Consultancy has been involved in a range of reclamation and redevelopment projects that have required the investigation of potentially contaminated sites, many of which are located on existing or former railway land. Contaminated land tends to be encountered through previous or current activities carried out on maintenance depots, stations, engineering works, stabling sidings and marshalling/goods yards, all of which can have a detrimental impact on the site’s occupants, workers and the surrounding environment – particularly during ongoing renovations, construction works and essential maintenance.…

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Piezometers and the Projects They're Used On

Piezometers and the Projects They're Used On

One of the most frequently used geotechnical monitoring instruments, piezometers have measured pore water pressures and water levels on the majority of major construction projects, including Crossrail, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) and Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) land reclamation, to name a few. They continue to be a crucial sensor in a geotechnical engineer’s arsenal. In this blog, Dave Jones - senior project manager at SOCOTEC Monitoring – covers what a piezometer is and how they are used, the different methods of installation and the benefits of each, as well as common installation pitfalls to avoid to ensure the accuracy of your data.…

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The Journey to Operations Director at SOCOTEC Monitoring

The Journey to Operations Director at SOCOTEC Monitoring

From having instrumentation caught in customs in Morocco, to carrying out monitoring activities at the Topolobampo ammonia plant in Mexico's Sinaloa state, over the years, Justin Roffey’s route to operations director at SOCOTEC Monitoring has taken him to some far-flung destinations. Using the skills he gained at Portsmouth University when studying Engineering with Geology and Geotechnics, Justin continues to solve a range of monitoring challenges for SOCOTEC Monitoring’s UK client base, and now mostly gets his travel-fix outside of work.…

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Reducing Boots on Ballast - Low-Cost Automated Track Monitoring

Reducing Boots on Ballast - Low-Cost Automated Track Monitoring

Wherever there is civils work taking place adjacent to, over or under Network Rail infrastructure, the contractor is mandated to monitor Network Rail’s assets to demonstrate that the infrastructure is not going to be impacted by the construction activity, and the railway line will remain safe. Using an automated system is the best practice approach to track monitoring, and the most common method for long-term projects taking place over 6-12 months, or longer. However, short-term track monitoring projects, with durations of a few weeks to a few months, have traditionally made use solely of manual monitoring techniques.…

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How Do TMVs Maintain a Safe Water Supply?

How Do TMVs Maintain a Safe Water Supply?

As the colder weather sets in and the demand for hot water increases, it is imperative that hot water outlets are maintained at a safe and consistent temperature so as to ensure the health and safety of its users. Many are unaware of the fact that bath and shower water above 44 degrees Celsius increases the risk of serious injury or fatality as a result of scalding, particularly among young children and the elderly/vulnerable. In fact, an average of 20 people per year die as a result of scalds from hot bath water, with a further 570 experiencing serious scald injury (the majority of whom are under the age of five or over the age of 60).…

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