Construction pollution

A construction company based in Leeds was fined £120,000 for illegally discharging contaminated waters into a stream back in November. Polluted water was identified as flowing out the site entrance and silt contaminated waters from excavation works into the local watercourse. Impacts of these discharges were identified up to three kilometres downstream.

Read more about the construction pollution here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/harron-homes-fined-120000-over-construction-pollution

If you are worried that your construction works or constructions works you know of are polluting the local environment, let us help you in sampling and analysis to identify any issues and reduce the impact as quickly as possible.

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Indoor construction dust

Conducting construction work inside raises a new set of challenges, especially when working around sensitive equipment that can be adversely impacted by dust.

Recently we help monitor dust levels before, during and after works that were carried out over night to limit the impact on daytime production in the factory. With the data we collected we were able to identify when dust levels had reduced to acceptable levels to resume normal work and how long this settlement took.

We also undertook additional monitoring of total inhalable dust, respirable dust and silica content that the construction workers were being exposed during their work.

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Air Quality is a serious Issue in the UK and across the world.

Air quality is a serious issue in the UK and across the world. Recently a cricket match between India and Sri Lanka was halted due to poor air quality that was recorded at 15 times that of the World Health Organisation toxicity maximum. Players where leaving the field vomiting and had to wear masks to reduce the impact on their health.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/03/the-guardian-view-on-delhis-pollution-when-smog-stops-play

More needs to be done about air quality across the world, including the UK.  With potential sources from vehicles, manufacturing and construction everybody needs to do their bit in limiting harmful emissions. One of the first steps to combat these issues is to monitor different air pollutants and protect those most likely to be harmed.

Envirochem can carry out a variety of air quality monitoring and surveys, for more information on this and all our services please call on 01329 287 777 or fill out the form below;

 

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Lead in paint

Lead in paint can be found in a variety of buildings, especially if built before 1978. However this period is only guidance as left over paints were often used after this date.

We have conducted surveys in buildings that are be renovated and before demolition and provide our customers with the best course of action to take following the results. If the option of removing the paint is taken we can carry out lead in dust monitoring to ensure works are being carried out appropriately following HSE guidelines.

 

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Chlorine

Envirochem tests for the presence of Chlorine. Chlorine is found in swimming pools, occurs in nature, usually in the form of salt (NaCl) and can be used as a disinfectant. In drinking water supplies and swimming pools chlorine is used as a disinfectant to kill bacteria. Chlorine evaporates quickly so samples need to be tested soon after sampling.

 

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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

The impacts of outdoor air pollution are well documented with less attention paid to the importance of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). IAQ refers to the quality of the air in and around buildings and is impacted by gases such as carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide as well as VOCs, particulates and microbial contaminants.

We can be exposed to these contaminants at both work and home with the main impacts to health to the heart and lungs. The overall impact is reliant on the concentrations and exposure to these contaminants.

We have the ability to monitor the levels of these contaminants through both passive and active systems to identify whether levels are within specified standards.

 

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Vehicle exhaust fumes

This article highlights concerns over workers being exposed to high levels of vehicle exhaust fumes and the damaging effects this can cause. There is growing awareness of the impact over the exposure of diesel exhaust fumes in particular with a special focus on particulate matter (PM) and Nitrogen Oxide (NOx).

Recently we carried out monitoring within a port terminal gate to determine whether workers were being exposed to levels of PM1, PM2.5, PM10 and Total PM (Mcerts accredited), NOx, SO2 and NO2 (UKAS accredited) that were above the ambient workplace limits.

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Emissions Monitoring

Recently we carried out emissions monitoring at an oil recovery facility that has the potential to release significant levels of Hydrogen Sulphide and VOCs.

Working in close proximity can be harmful to these chemicals can be dangerous, with Hydrogen Sulphide being an asphyxiant. The VOCs were analysed for each of the BTEX compounds – Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene and Xylene. Each compound has a specific EH40 work place exposure limit which was compared against these results to see if levels were being breached.

 

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LEV testing

Local exhaust ventilation (LEV) checks help control the release of hazardous airborne substances from a process into the workplace environment.

The aim of LEV checking is to control the emission as close as possible to the point of release, and prevent it from entering the air of the workplace.

Envirochem routinely undertake LEV checks for many clients on equipment including:

  • Fume cabinets
  • Spray booths
  • Dust extract systems

These should be tested 14 monthly or after any modifications, as specified within the Health and Safety Executive’s HSE Guidance Notes HS(G)54 and HS(G)37.

We produce thorough reports detailing duct velocities static pressures and flow rates and make comments on any observed changes in the system reading or their possible causes.

 

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Oil mist particles in the air

Many manufacturing activities require oil based lubricants to be used as part of their process. We can test for oil mist particles in the air whilst the employee is carrying out their normal everyday works or as background checks within a workshop or area.

Within this test, we can also check the total amount of particulates the employee is being exposed to as well as any concentration of oil.

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