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Meet the Asbestos Team: A Day in the Life of an Administrator

Meet the Asbestos Team: A Day in the Life of an Administrator

As a key accounts administrator, Nichola Hayes is instrumental to the smooth running of SOCOTEC’s Asbestos team, ensuring that the business unit consistently delivers a high standard of service to its clients. In this blog, Nicky discusses how working for SOCOTEC has broadened her level of expertise within the asbestos sector, and how effective time management and showing good initiative are considered key attributes for the role.…

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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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Meet the Asbestos Team: A Day in the Life of a Laboratory Analyst

Meet the Asbestos Team: A Day in the Life of a Laboratory Analyst

Tom Pratt has worked as a laboratory analyst for SOCOTEC for the last four years, being responsible for managing the workload within the lab and ensuring that agreed turnaround times are met by allocating appropriate resources to each particular work stream. In this piece, Tom outlines his key responsibilities of his varied role, which ranges from quality control checks to laboratory tours.…

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Supporting the Rail Industry- REF 2019 Preview

Supporting the Rail Industry- REF 2019 Preview

Our annual event, the Railway Environmental Forum (REF), is around the corner once again, with only three weeks to go, we’re looking forward to welcoming delegates to discuss a range of health and safety-related topics, including legionella, asbestos, occupational air monitoring and the importance of health and safety-related training.…

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The Life of an Asbestos Sample

The Life of an Asbestos Sample

While the use and production of new asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) has been banned in the UK since 1999, a large proportion of railway infrastructure still contains the fibrous mineral. Used in the construction and maintenance of trains and locomotive components, the fire retardant and insulating properties of asbestos made it an ideal material for lining carriage walls, lagging pipe work, brake pads, packing piston cylinders, boilers and heating systems. Prior to any planned building work on trains/buildings, duty holders are required to undertake a management, refurbishment or demolition survey, dependent on the nature of the construction taking place. These often require samples of ACMs to determine the extent of the risk of asbestos exposure. Specific procedures have therefore been put in place to ensure that each sample is analysed as accurately and precisely as possible.…

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Managing Asbestos In Public Sector Buildings

Managing Asbestos In Public Sector Buildings

The health and safety responsibility and management of facilities in public sector buildings can fall across a number of varying roles. With more than 500,000 public buildings still estimated to contain asbestos today, the requirement to manage asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) remains a big responsibility for public sector managers.…

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