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

Not Just Training But Passion and Knowledge at CPD Seminar

Posted by Mick Pratt on 13-Dec-2016 10:04:16

Mick Pratt, commercial director – water, Built Environment Services, ESG, talks us through his highlights from last month’s Organisational Health Seminar: Minimising Environmental Risk.

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Topics: Built Environment Services, Occupational Hygiene

Another Successful Railway Environmental Forum

Posted by ESG on 01-Dec-2016 12:32:42

This month, ESG hosted the annual Railway Environmental Forum in both London and Glasgow. Noelyn Allen, business development director, Built Environment Services, ESG, tells us why the forum continues to be such a success.

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Topics: Rail, Railway Environmental Forum

Solid Performance at the Concrete Society Awards

Posted by Roger Rattue on 23-Nov-2016 13:20:56

Roger Rattue, Regional Director, Infrastructure Services, ESG, has worked in the concrete industry since 1972. If you did not think it was possible to be passionate about concrete, then chances are that you have not spent time in the company of Roger Rattue. Roger is passionate about standards, quality and helping to support his clients’ project objectives. Here, he tells us why The Concrete Society Awards is the best night of the year for his team.

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Topics: Concrete, The Concrete Society Awards, Concrete Testing

Ozone Water Treatment: Powerful Results Without a Trace

Posted by Mick Pratt on 22-Nov-2016 10:10:14

Mick Pratt, commercial director, Built Environment Services, ESG, looks at the unique properties of ozone that make it an ideal water treatment solution for heads of production in UK industry.

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Topics: Water Systems, Ozone, Water Management