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What's in Store for Infrastructure in 2017?

Posted by Jim Murphy on 13-Feb-2017 16:31:06

Jim Murphy, managing director of Infrastructure Services, ESG, takes a look at what 2017 has in store for the UK infrastructure sector.

 

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Topics: Infrastructure, Road Investment, Rail

A Day in The Life of an Asbestos Technical Manager: Denis Morgan

Posted by Denis Morgan on 08-Feb-2017 12:08:40

Denis Morgan, divisional technical manager – asbestos, Built Environment Services, ESG, tells us all about his role in asbestos management.

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Topics: Asbestos

Could Urgent Action on POPs Save the Polar Bear?

Posted by Paul Walker on 03-Feb-2017 10:37:51

Cute, beautiful and majestic, polar bears will have graced the front of Christmas cards on many a mantel piece over the recent festive period, but endangered can now be added to the adjectives that we use to describe these stunning animals. At the top of the arctic food chain, polar bears are faced with an increasing list of threats to their survival, with one of the most pressing being persistent organic pollutants. In his latest blog Paul Walker, senior development specialist, Specialist Chemistry, at ESG, describes what duty holders can do to limit the risk of POPs.

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Topics: Specialist Chemistry, POPs, Persistent Organic Pollutants, HBCDD, persistent organic compounds

Top Tips for the Winterisation of Rail Operations

Posted by David Gilmour on 31-Jan-2017 08:34:22

Winter is well and truly upon us and with this comes a whole host of potential problems for the winterisation of rail operations, keeping trains running safely and to schedule. Here, David Gilmour, business manager – East Kilbride, Built Environment Services, ESG, has put together his top tips for keeping our railways operational during the worst of the winter weather.

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Topics: Rail, Legionella

London’s Air Quality Fails Annual Pollution Limit Before January is Out

Posted by Paul Duncan on 19-Jan-2017 10:18:00

Just half way through the first month of 2017, many will be unsurprised to read that London has already surpassed the annual limit for air pollution according to data from the city’s air quality testing and monitoring system. We were interested in reading the news and views on this and as we thought you might be too, we have compiled the top air quality stories pertaining to the capital from this month:

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Topics: Air Quality, Air Testing, Air Pollution, Air Monitoring

What Do 3G Pitches Really Contain?

Posted by Paul Walker on 18-Jan-2017 16:46:11

Did you catch BBC’s The One Show last night? If you tuned in you will have seen Paul Walker, senior development specialist, Energy & Waste Services, ESG, discussing the health concerns surrounding the popular 3G sports pitches. Here, Paul explains what he found when he tested the black rubber crumb in our chemical analysis laboratory.

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Topics: Specialist Chemistry, Chemical Analysis

Make Reducing Health and Safety Risks Your New Year’s Resolution

Posted by David Gough on 16-Jan-2017 09:50:16

Did you know that 30.4 million working days were lost in 2016 due to work-related illness and injuries? The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released its figures on health and safety at work in the UK during 2016, here is what you need to know.

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Topics: Asbestos, Health & Safety, Occupational Health & Safety, Occupational Hygiene

A Circular Economy Fuelled by Global Standards

Posted by George Bradley on 11-Jan-2017 09:42:12

As the creation of a zero-carbon economy becomes an increasingly important priority, greater attention is being paid to solid recovered fuel (SRF) – fuel produced entirely from materials found in non-hazardous waste. George Bradley, business manager, Energy & Waste Services, ESG, is now the UK’s principal expert representing the British Standards Institute (BSI) on the International Standards Organisation’s (ISO) TC 300 Solid Recovered Fuel Technical committee. Having just returned from the group’s second plenary meeting in Tokyo, George explains its objectives and the importance of setting standards for testing and sampling SRF.

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Topics: Energy, EfW, SRF

Piling on the Pressure: Dynamic Pile Load Testing Explained

Posted by Martyn Ellis on 04-Jan-2017 15:12:17

Dynamic pile load testing is a technique used to assess the load carrying characteristics of foundation piles. Martyn Ellis, operations director, Infrastructure Services, ESG discusses the growth of foundation piling in the UK and the methodology behind the tests.

 

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Topics: Concrete, Pile Load Testing, Foundations

Health & Wellbeing: An Update from the ORR

Posted by ESG on 21-Dec-2016 10:57:23

Last month ESG hosted its annual Railway Environmental Forum and was lucky to have Sharon Mawhood, HM Inspector of Railways, Central Specialist Inspector’s Team, from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), as one of our key speakers. Here, in her guest blog, Sharon gives us an update on the ORR’s occupational health work.

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Topics: Occupational Health & Safety