Their presence may be due to their use in the original construction and subsequent use of the building, or may alternatively be due to introduction at a later date from activities such as waste tipping, manufacture or material storage.
SOCOTEC can carry out surveys which concentrate on those hazardous materials present on site which pose a risk to the health and safety of staff engaged in the works or members of the public.
Common materials include:
- Discarded medical supplies, hypodermic syringes/other drug related paraphernalia
- Lead and lead oxides in paint coatings – may also include be cadmium and chromium in certain cases
- Heavy metals in old wall coatings
- Chemicals, paints, oils and other substances left in within buildings
- Dusts, debris and other solid substances within the building/site which may be hazardous to health
- Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) – transformer oils, capacitors, oil filled cables
- Anthrax (animal by-products/hair within building insulation/plaster)
- Biohazards – moulds, fungi, sewage, airborne bacteria etc
- Man Made Mineral Fibre (MMMF) present in insulation materials
- Stagnant water present on site – leaking pipes, water ingress, water in tanks, heating/boiler systems
Analysis of suspected hazardous materials is carried out at our in-house Specialist Chemistry laboratories, using a variety of techniques including GC-MS, FTIR, ICP-OES and Scanning Electron Microscopy. Once complete, comprehensive reports are produced detailing the extent of the contamination, with recommended remedial actions / disposal considerations.