If you work in a trade such as demolition and those in the refurbishment, maintenance and similar trades where it is foreseeable that your work will disturb the structure of the building, asbestos awareness training for all staff is essential!
Here at Envirochem we can provide full awareness training courses at both our premises. Find out more:
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Here at Envirochem, we pride ourselves in being able to tailor our services to all our clients bespoke and unique testing/consultancy requirements.
Our chemical team have recently been working on one such project. Our client needed us to determine any irregularities in the mortar composition used on their properties, as they were different colours and causing water ingress.
Using our ICPOES Jess is testing the samples taken for a range of metals that will then allow us to determine similarities or differences between the mortar samples.
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Envirochem is continuing to provide “business as usual” services for clients from its laboratories in Fareham and Bristol.
The labs will continue to analyse samples on behalf of clients and new customers during the current Covid-19 pandemic. The company will be adapting to any changes as and when the government requires it.
What Services do our laboratories and staff provide;
COSHH – including dust, noise, exhaust gases and dispersed oil
Environmental monitoring – including noise and vibration, air quality and emissions testing.
Water and legionella microbiological testing.
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How dust sampling can save construction companies from fines?
Dust is an unavoidable part of construction and demolition. However, processes can be put in place to reduce the amount of dust contamination and risk to the surrounding environment. Close and real-time dust sampling plays an important role in this.
Dust sampling clears a construction company from wrong doing
Initially it was thought the dust was coming from building work happening in the hospital but testing revealed that this was not the direct source, clearing the construction company of causing the contamination and having to pay a hefty penalty.
Dust sample testing
This case study demonstrates how important it is to have real-time monitoring of dust at construction sites, both for the assurance of the client and contractor. There are a couple of different types of monitoring available:
Static monitors – these can be placed almost anywhere, and can collect physical samples of airborne dust particles. This data can be used to see how much dust individual site operatives are exposed to, or be analysed to determine chemical composition of airborne particles.
Settleable dust sampling – static samplers collect airborne dust and measure how much has gathered over a time period. Samples can also be analysed to determine their chemical composition.
At Environchem we have decades of experience in providing both types of dust sampling and monitoring to contractors. For information on our services please fill out the contact form below or call us on 01329 287 777.
Construction sites contributing towards air pollution in cities
It is now well understood and recognised that vehicles are a major source of air pollution in our cities. Diesels are identified as the biggest culprits with emissions of NOx (nitrogen oxides) and PM (particulate matter). The poor air quality in the UK is linked to 40,000 deaths every year.
However, recent and detailed air quality studies in the UK have identified that constructions sites are responsible for a significant portion of the total air pollution. They make up 7.5% of NOx emissions, 8% of PM10 and 14.5% of PM2.5 which is the most harmful.
This article suggests that construction sites should start treating emissions in a similar way to asbestos with tighter controls and regulation.
Wood burning stoves could be banned in our capital in certain highly polluted areas. The burning of wood releases fine particles that are harmful to human health. It is noted that some exceptions may be made for the more modern and efficient wood burning stoves with the main focus on reducing inefficient open fires.
This is part of a wider plan to improve air quality in London through limiting emissions from boats, cars, diesel powered machinery from building sites and from construction work itself.
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.
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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