Keeping Up-to-Date with RID and the Transport of Dangerous Goods

Posted by Alex Lynch on 25-Aug-2016 15:01:22

Alex Lynch, senior dangerous goods consultant, Built Environment, explains why it’s important for everyone involved in the transport of dangerous goods via train to stay up-to-date with the Regulations Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID).

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Topics: Rail, DGSA

What the Psychoactive Substances Act Means for ‘Legal Highs’ in Britain

Posted by Fiona Coope on 23-Aug-2016 11:34:28

The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 has recently come into force, making it an offence to produce, or possess with the intent to supply, psychoactive substances in the UK. ESG’s forensics director, Fiona Coope, discusses the recent update in legislation.

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Topics: Drug Abuse, Forensics, Drug Analysis

Supporting the Geotechnical Engineers of the Future

Posted by Pete Reading on 22-Aug-2016 15:07:25

As a responsible employer, with a true passion for the industries in which it operates, ESG has a long and proud history of supporting and encouraging new talent. Just one example of this is our recent sponsorship of the ESG Geotechnics and Geomechanics Prize at Brunel University. To give aspiring geotechnical engineers an insight into how we can help them to reach their career goals, we caught up with Pete Reading, geotechnical consultant, ESG, after he presented this year’s Prize at Brunel.

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Topics: Geology and Geotechnics, Ground Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering

A Fresh Approach to Air Quality in Mines

Posted by Philip Shead on 27-Jul-2016 14:05:13

In light of recent changes to health and safety regulations for mines, which came into force last year, mining expert, Philip Shead, a specialist ventilation consultant at ESG, explores which factors mine operators need to take into account to optimise air quality and ensure the wellbeing of their employees.

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Topics: Air Quality, ventilation, emissions, dust

Concrete Testing During a Heatwave

Posted by Roger Rattue on 22-Jul-2016 12:38:40

It's official, we're in the midst of a heatwave and we're not the only ones suffering in these temperatures, can you imagine the effect the weather is having on fresh concrete? 

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Topics: Concrete, Concrete Testing

Legionella Control in the Rail Industry: Keeping Risk Management on Track

Posted by Paul Sear on 30-Jun-2016 16:30:00

With 485 cases reported in 2015, Legionnaires’ disease continues to be a major health concern in the UK. Paul Sear, national technical manager, water hygiene, Built Environment Services, gives his advice on controlling the risks of legionella in the rail industry.

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Topics: Rail, Legionella

The Importance of Soil Testing in 2016

Posted by Declan Burns on 29-Jun-2016 14:00:00

The Government has said that over the next five years it plans to directly commission the construction of thousands of new homes on public land. David Cameron described this announcement as the biggest shift in house building policy in the last 30 years. These plans will be backed up by an extra £1.2 billion to help remediate brownfield sites for tens of thousands of new homes across the country. This is an important step forward, with the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) estimating there is capacity for at least one million new homes on suitable brownfield land in England alone.

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Topics: Asbestos In Soils, Soil Analysis

A Bright Future for Biofuels

Posted by Sarah Gazzola on 31-May-2016 12:05:10

Sarah Gazzola, commercial manager, Energy & Waste Services, ESG, explores biofuels’ place in Europe’s renewable energy future. 

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Topics: Energy, Biomass, EfW, Biofuels

Oil Testing to Keep Trains Running on Full Throttle

Posted by Dale Green on 30-May-2016 15:11:35

ESG has a long history of providing oil testing to the rail sector, with its dedicated laboratory dating back to before the privatisation of British Rail in 1996. We work with clients across the rail industry, including operators like Virgin Trains, manufacturers such as Siemens, as well as Network Rail.

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Topics: Rail, Fluids, Greases and Lubricants

Hidden Hazards and How to Find Them

Posted by Paul Tilley on 25-May-2016 13:42:46

Burying utility equipment, such as electricity cables, phone wires, gas and sewage pipes has been general practice in the UK for more than 100 years. Undergrounding these services keeps them out of sight and protects them from being exposed to damaging above-ground elements, such as severe weather or vandalism.

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Topics: Infrastructure, Brownfield Site, Utilities

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