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Protecting Your Rail Operations Against Cold Weather

Protecting Your Rail Operations Against Cold Weather

With colder spells becoming increasingly commonplace and winter looming ever closer, train operators and facilities managers across the UK will no doubt be thinking about how they can maintain safe, efficient operations for their rolling stock as the harsher weather sets in. David Gilmour, business manager for SOCOTEC’s Environment & Safety Services, answers a range of frequently asked questions on how to keep your railways operational this winter.…

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Rail Surveys – What You Need and Why Your Project's Success Depends On Them

Rail Surveys – What You Need and Why Your Project's Success Depends On Them

When undertaking any form of construction or upgrade works in proximity to the UK’s rail infrastructure, a range of surveys are first required. Neil Yakes, survey manager at SOCOTEC Monitoring – formerly ITM Monitoring explains why surveys are required for rail projects, what is involved in each type of survey and why they are important to the overall success of a rail project.…

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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 Importance of Oil Condition Monitoring in the Rail Sector

The Importance of Oil Condition Monitoring in the Rail Sector

As the demand for railway transportation continues to grow at a rapid pace, the testing, monitoring and analysis of the condition of oils, coolants and greases is fundamental to the safety and consistency of locomotives. In order to minimise disruption on the railway, lubricants need to be monitored regularly to identify that the asset is fit for purpose and operation. While the cost of monitoring may seem excessive, particularly when railway operations seem to be running smoothly, the benefits of oil monitoring far outweigh the initial spend.…

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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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Minimise the Risk of Extreme Weather on Rail Assets and Passengers with Monitoring

Minimise the Risk of Extreme Weather on Rail Assets and Passengers with Monitoring

Our climate is changing. According to The Met Office’s UK Climate Projections analysis tool, by 2070 there could be up to 35% more precipitation in winter. Evidence also exists to suggest that this precipitation is likely to become more extreme, with intense, prolonged periods of rainfall increasingly common. This is a big issue for the UK’s rail infrastructure.…

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Managing Ecology on the Rail

Managing Ecology on the Rail

Ensuring smooth operation and safety on the railways is often the most important consideration for many rail operators but sharing our environment with wildlife may not always be front of mind. The railway can provide habitat to a number of species and there is great opportunity to creating positive biodiversity around the railway. But rail construction projects, maintenance on a rail depot or trains passing on an active rail line can also have a negative impact on a number of species. To limit this, there are a number of legal requirements in place which can lead to potential prosecution if these requirements are not fulfilled.…

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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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