Envirochem tests for a number of anions, including fluoride. Fluoride is naturally present in a large range of plant material and water and needs to be below a certain level to conform to the waste acceptance criteria. It needs to be less than 1.5 mg/l in potable water, less than 5 in effluent water and less than 10mg/kg in soil leachate. We also test for Chloride, Nitrite, Nitrate, Bromide, Phosphate and Sulphate.
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Envirochem were approached by one of our clients in Herefordshire to investigate air quality within a newly fitted biomass plant. Due to the nature of the plant being a very warm, humid environment with a production of airborne dust and potential airborne bacteria from the product being processed, it was suggested that inhalable dusts and bio-aerosols would be analysed to give an indication of whether employees are exposed to elevated levels of dust and bacteria within the internal atmosphere.
Envirochem offer a wide range of occupational hygiene services to a wide variety of clients, not only those in the biomass energy industry. Please contact us if you require any occupational hygiene, chemical or microbiological services.
Legionnaires’ Disease is caused by the bacteria legionella being inhaled in droplets of contaminated liquids. Legionella can be concentrated in building’s water systems, with larger buildings being at greater risks, especially those with shower or sprinkler systems (such as spas or hotels).
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We are excited to announce that our Microbiology laboratory is now UKAS accredited.
The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is the sole national accreditation body for the United Kingdom. UKAS are recognised by the government to assess laboratories against internationally agreed standards. Organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services are assessed by UKAS.
An accreditation from UKAS acknowledges the competence, impartiality and performance capability of a laboratory.
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A patient of Gloucestershire Royal Hospital may have been infected with legionella bacteria after attending the hospital’s dialysis unit in October earlier this year. The hospital stated that enhanced measures were put in place in order to stop the bacteria from spreading to any other patients.
Legionella bacteria is more likely to spread in larger commercial buildings with more complex water systems and if contracted can lead to Legionnaires Disease; a potentially fatal lung infection.
Traces of Legionella Bacteria were found in the males showers of Castleton Swimming pool during routine checks, leading to it’s closure. The same swimming pool was shut for three weeks in May following the discovery of Legionella in the heating system.
Legionella bacteria can cause legionaires disease, this has flu like symptoms and affects the lungs. In some cases the disease can be fatal.
Walton on the Naze Leisure Centre in Essex has temporarily closed some of their facilities due to the detection of legionella bacteria within the fitness room showers. Tests were carried out when a customer fell ill after using the showers in November.
Legionellosis is a collective term for diseases caused by legionella bacteria including the most serious legionnaires’ disease, as well as the similar but less serious conditions of Pontiac fever and Lochgoilhead fever.
The bacterium legionella pneumophila and related bacteria are common in natural water sources such as rivers, lakes and reservoirs, but usually in low numbers. They may also be found in purpose-built water systems such as cooling towers, evaporative condensers, hot and cold water systems and spa pools.
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Envirochem are developing a new test, this is for the bacteria Clostridium Perfringens. These bacteria are indicators of faecal contamination. They are however found when other faecal indicators a not detectable, for example at times of remote or intermittent pollution. Therefore, detection of Clostridium Perfringens can help us detect contamination different levels.
For further information on microbiological testing please contact us below, or call us on 01329287777.
We are excited to announce the expansion of our Microbiology department. The image above shows a section of our new laboratory, we offer a wide array of microbiological analyses including tests for Legionella, E.coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Total coliforms.
Water samples that are sent to Envirochem come from a variety of sources, for example: drinking and potable water, recreational water such as pools and spas and many more.
If you would like to inquire or learn more about our Microbiology department and services please fill in the attached form or call us on 01329 287 777