Testing for Anions which can cause – Metal degradation and rusting

An ongoing sampling project for our occupational hygiene team is to analysis six separate manufactured parts for anions, which can cause metal degradation and rusting. Within this industry, the parts are being used for submarine engines; aircraft parts etc therefore any chemical impurities can cause problems with the system, resulting in additional extra cost.

A swab sample is taken on the surface of the metal and analysed for fluoride, sulphate and chloride. This is then analysed with a blank swab, run through the IC and converted to the desired units of the client.

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New Shame for Southampton for breaching safe levels for fine particles in the air, known as PM2.5.

The City of Southampton is among that of 40 locations around the UK that have been found to be breaching safety levels set by the World Heath Organisation (WHO). Southampton has recently been found again to have high levels of air pollution.

Public Health England have released figures for the percentage of adult deaths in the city attributed to the air pollution was 6.3% in 2011, the highest percentage for the South East.

However, Southampton is set to be only 1 of 5 cities in the UK to begin new low emissions zones in 2020, this will see some diesel vehicles charged to drive in the city centre.

The WHO have warned that poor air quality is a major cause of disease and death. One of the ways that the WHO assesses air quality is by looking at the levels of pollution know as particulate matter (PMs). It has been found that 11 urban areas across the UK have exceed the safe limit set for PM10 and 40 towns and cities have breached the limits set for PM2.5.

The risk of conditions such as Stroke, Heart Disease and asthma increases as air quality declines, in these areas that breached the safe limits,

For more on this story please follow the link to the Daily Echo 

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Envirochem are UKAS accredited for sampling & analysis of total inhalable & respirable dusts.

DUST MONITORING

Envirochem are UKAS accredited for sampling & analysis of total inhalable & respirable dusts.

We are happy to undertake site visits, sampling and analysis, to meet the needs of our clients. The initial phase of any project is a discussion about the requirements and what is hoped to be achieve from the monitoring.

The aims of the project will affect the number and type of samples (static or personal, inhalable or respirable) required as well as the duration of sampling and the sample media.

  • As part of on-going COSHH assessments
  • To address a specific concern raised by an employee
  • Before and after modifications to site or equipment
  • During grit blasting of lead and other heavy metals

At our laboratory, following gravimetric analysis, we can also undertake further tests on the filters to assess type and concentration of airborne contaminates such as:

  • Lead and other heavy metals
  • Oil or ink mist
  • Fibre type and concentration
  • Silica type and concentration

Please see our accreditation’s schedule for our scope of accreditation within our quality section


EMISSIONS TESTING

EMISSIONS TESTING

Envirochem offer emissions testing for stack monitoring to technical guidance notes M1 and M2 including:

  • Crematoria emmisions to process guidance note PG 5/2 (95)
  • Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) checks
  • Particulate Emissions – Isokinetic based on TGN M1 & M2
  • Solvent Emissions Testing

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State-of-the-art GCMS

Our state-of-the-art GCMS has almost completed modification to be able run several different analysis off of a single injection utilising the latest in column splitting technology. This will enable us to provide faster analysis for our clients who require urgent work and a higher quality of results.

 

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Swab sampling in Havant

A commercial office unit in Havant containing various industries, will be undergoing works to change one of their units into a new pharmaceutical lab. We were asked to swab the rooms in the unit and also the ceiling  and extraction ducts, for any residues before the lease of the new building is accepted. As part of a standard swabbing surveying, we completed organics, anions and pH analysis. The results from this survey will allow the company to supply the results and conduct any cleaning if necessary being the works begin.

 

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Paint sampling for analysing the concentration of lead

As part of a major refurbishment project, we were asked by a company in Portsmouth to undertake paint sampling, for analysing the concentration of lead. This is so the paint is able to be safely disposed of, as well as protecting the employees carrying out the works by knowing the correct PPE to wear. We also do a paint suite which tests for cadmium, chromium and lead which are commonly found within paints and are heavy metals.

 

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Emission test for fluoride and particulates

Recently in Southampton we carried out an emission test for fluoride and particulates. This is a different method compared to our normal emission testing, which requires impingers and condensers to capture the concentration of fluoride found within the emission stack. This method also takes three hours compared to the normal 30 minute sampling due to the different techniques involved.

 

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Checking gas levels with our Portable Dreager gas detector

A local client in Southampton has recently installed a new oven for a more efficient drying process with their manufacturer.

Since the installation their air compressor does not draw in enough cold air to circulate within air fed masks used by the colleagues, and thought the installation could be the cause. We were asked to check the gas levels within the air being produced from the compressor to make sure the levels were adequate. Carbon dioxide and Oxygen levels were measured using our portable Dreager gas detector to measure and record the levels across a work week period.

Using our Dreager we can test for sulphur dioxide, methane as well.

 

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Personal Air testing for Silica Content

A new client works within the electromagnet industry providing parts for MRI scanners. We visited their site which contains several units moving through the process from raw metal materials to the coiled magnet itself.

A new process involves mica tapes to wrap copper metal for the magnet. We carried out personal air testing for silica content and also inhalable and respirable mica particles due to the chemical having two EH40 limits, to make sure the employee was not subjected over the workplace levels.

 

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