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Radon - Measurements and Monitoring

Radon - Measurements and Monitoring

Exposure to radon gas not only increases the risk of lung cancer but radon is the second highest cause of lung cancer in the UK with over 1100 annual deaths each year (smoking being the highest cause) and as such, understanding the level of radon and potential exposure in the workplace is fundamental to determining and managing the risk. David Gilmour, business manager for the Environment & Safety team aims to outline the process and explain the importance of monitoring radon exposure in the workplace.…

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Storing Chemicals Safely

Storing Chemicals Safely

The storage and use of chemical products is a key feature in many day-to-day railway activities.  Even in common and well known forms such as cleaning agents, pesticides, lubricants, paints and solvents, the storing of chemicals in some capacity is highly likely. As part of a business’ duty to protect employees, there must be procedures in place for correctly using chemicals.…

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Electrified Railways: Measuring Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields

Electrified Railways: Measuring Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields

With most of the UK railways electrified, the rail environment has the potential to create high electromagnetic fields (EMFs) as part of its day-to-day operation. All employers are required to assess risks in the workplace and implement control measures to reduce any identified risk – and EMF is no exception to this rule. Therefore, without proper controls in place, the high electrical voltage on the railway has the potential to expose workers to EMFs.…

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Guidance on COSHH Risk Assessment

Guidance on COSHH Risk Assessment

COSHH stands for the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, first introduced in 1988 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Aiming to reduce accidents and minimise the risk to employee health in the workplace, COSHH was introduced to ensure any business using hazardous substances does so in a controlled and safe way.…

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How Occupational Hygiene Has Evolved Through Time

How Occupational Hygiene Has Evolved Through Time

With engineering and science built into the modern methods of occupational hygiene and workplace monitoring, there’s a common misconception that occupational hygiene can’t be more than 100 years old. But occupational hygiene has a much longer (and more interesting) history than you would think – and plays a vital role in how occupational hygiene has evolved to modern day standards.…

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Overcoming Hazardous Materials

Overcoming Hazardous Materials

There are a variety of materials commonly found within the rail environment which are classified as hazardous materials The presence of such materials may pose a risk to the health of staff or members of the public, and while some are fairly innocuous unless disturbed or released, others present a greater risk due to their presence.…

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Monitoring Diesel Fume Exposure for Safe Practice

Monitoring Diesel Fume Exposure for Safe Practice

Ian Douglas, senior occupational hygienist, Environment & Safety Services, SOCOTEC, discusses the hierarchy of control when it comes to controlling exposure to diesel engine exhaust emissions (DEEEs) and why this is important for ensuring safety and compliance in the workplace.…

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'Five W's' of workplace exposure to hazardous substances

'Five W's' of workplace exposure to hazardous substances

An occupational hygienist is an important player in the fight against workplace-caused ill-health. In this blog Mary Cameron, occupational hygiene team leader, discusses the 'five w's' of workplace exposure to hazardous substances: Who is affected? What employers must do When should employers act? Where to find guidance Why SOCOTEC plays a key role in COSHH compliance…

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