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What is the 'norm' for NORM Analysis

What is the 'norm' for NORM Analysis

Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) are – quite literally – materials that are naturally found in the environment, making up around 85% of radiation sources, with radioactive elements such as uranium, thorium and potassium usually present in these materials. Even one banana naturally contains 15 Becquerel (Bq) – the unit of measurement for radioactivity. This form of measurement is counted by the number of interactions that the alpha, beta or gamma radiation has with matter, material, or the radiation detector.…

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Characterising Unknowns: Behind the Scenes of Chemical Investigation

Characterising Unknowns: Behind the Scenes of Chemical Investigation

It’s amazing what can be found on the UK’s railways and when there are issues, they are not always easy to identify. Paul Walker, senior development specialist, takes us behind the scenes of the specialist chemistry laboratory, to discover the secret behind the characterisation of unknown materials.…

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What Do 3G Pitches Really Contain?

What Do 3G Pitches Really Contain?

Did you catch BBC’s The One Show last night? If you tuned in you will have seen Paul Walker, senior development specialist, Energy & Waste Services, SOCOTEC, discussing the health concerns surrounding the popular 3G sports pitches. Here, Paul explains what he found when he tested the black rubber crumb in our chemical analysis laboratory.…

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The Importance of Specialist Chemical Analysis

The Importance of Specialist Chemical Analysis

SOCOTEC provides a range of specialist chemistry services and tests, including ICP analysis, BTEX testing, air quality analysis and metal testing. SOCOTEC’s Becky Batham, explains the importance of chemical analysis to both the environment and public safety.…

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At The Cutting Edge of Specialist Chemical Analysis

At The Cutting Edge of Specialist Chemical Analysis

SOCOTEC provides a range of chemical analysis services and tests, including ICP analysis, BTEX testing, air quality analysis, FTIR analysis and metal testing. In this blog, Paul Walker, technical specialist, Infrastructure & Energy Services, describes one of the more unusual cases to come through the laboratory doors.…

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When Marshmallow Isn’t Marshmallow

When Marshmallow Isn’t Marshmallow

Illegal drugs continue to be a significant issue across the UK, but it’s not only new psychoactive substances coming onto the market, new methods of cutting existing drugs are appearing too. With this in mind and in order to protect the public, the authorities need the knowledge of toxicology experts and state-of-the-art lab testing facilities so they can identify materials as quickly as possible after they are discovered.…

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