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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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Mapping Asbestos in Concrete: Laying the Foundations for Safe Building Demolition

Mapping Asbestos in Concrete: Laying the Foundations for Safe Building Demolition

Until the late 1970s, asbestos was a commonly used building material and, despite its use declining until a total ban was implemented in 1999, its legacy lives on in over 5.5 million buildings in the UK. This can bring a number of challenges when it comes to building demolition, due to the health and safety hazards involved in managing asbestos and asbestos containing materials (ACMs). It is crucial to establish the extent of such substances prior to carrying out any refurbishment or demolition work on a building.…

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