Could a Legionella Risk Assessment have prevented a Boldon Legionnaires' outbreak?
Faltec Europe were fined Â£1.6 million following an outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease at a factory in South Tyneside.
The Legionnaires' virus was identified within cooling towers at the site.
If an effective Legionella Risk Assessment had been undertaken, with sufficient control measures implemented to manage Legionella, the outbreak may have been prevented.
If you think your business or premises require a Legionella Risk Assessment to ensure compliance and protect your stakeholders, then please get in touch.
The BBC reported on this and the full article can be found by following this link: https://bit.ly/2lkGaQZ.
Another year has passed and we thought it would be useful to publish some information about our opening times and asbestos testing service provisions over the Festive Period.
Please take a look at our Christmas Update which details the last sample submission dates for guaranteed asbestos bulk testing results before Christmas.
We will be providing a limited asbestos air testing and four stage clearance service over the Festive period, but it is recommended that our customers book ahead to ensure that we can arrange adequate cover.
Thanks to everyone who has used our services - we all wish you a great Christmas and New Year!
Thank you to everyone who has applied for the position of Asbestos Analyst.
This vacancy is now closed.
This vacancy is now closed.
Thank you to all who have applied.
Our Team are completing a company wide training program on the morning of the 18th, and during this time our asbestos bulks testing laboratory, asbestos air testing services and customer service provisions will be closed.
All services will re-open in the afternoon at 14.00.
We apologise for any inconvenience that this causes and hope to ensure that any urgent asbestos testing requirements can be accommodated in the afternoon with results by close of play.
Christmas is just around the corner, and we thought it would be useful to post some sample submission deadlines on our website.
Asbestos Bulk Analysis:
Bulk material samples requiring either standard bulk analysis, or water absorption testing services, need to be submitted to our laboratory by the 16.12.16, this will ensure that your results are provided by 12.00 on the 24.12.16, which is when the laboratory will close for the Christmas period.
We re-open on the 03.01.17 and all services will be fully operational at this time.
Scientific Services is recruiting a Trainee Asbestos Bulk Analyst.
This is an opportunity to secure full time employment with a comprehensive training program. The successful candidate will complete a BOHS 401 course and in-house training modules.
Once qualified, operating out of laboratories at Scorrier near Redruth, Cornwall, they will become part of a valued team providing asbestos bulk analysis testing services to the environmental consultancy's nationwide client base.
For full details of the role click here.
To apply for the role, please email your CV and Covering Letter to email@example.com.
It's that time of year again and Christmas is upon us, so we thought it would be useful to let you know our Christmas opening hours.
Our head office and asbestos bulks laboratory at Scorrier will close at 12.30 on Christmas Eve, and will reopen at 08.30 on the 4th of January 2016.
Between these dates we won't be providing our asbestos bulk analysis or consultancy services. A limited asbestos air testing service will be operational, but this is subject to availability. Please get in touch before Christmas Eve to arrange any air testing that is required, and we will do our very best to accommodate your booking.
Scientific Services wishes everyone a fantastic Christmas and a happy New Year, and would like to thank all its customers for their continued custom throughout the last twelve months.
Please note that this vacancy is now closed.
Scientific Services' head office will be open until midday on Christmas Eve and will reopen on the 2nd of January 2014.
Scientific Services has moved and relocated to new laboratories and office space at Scorrier, Redruth. This provides convenient, easily accessible premises, that are situated just off the A30. The new, full address details can be found at the 'Contact Us' section of this website.
The consultancy will continue to provide its UKAS accredited asbestos testing and water consultancy services to a wide range of customers throughout the UK, but regrettably will be withdrawing the shellfish testing services that have been provided to a number of local shellfish producers.
Working in partnership with SW Computers, based at the Pool Innovation Centre, updates to I.T. and administration systems have facilitated the move and will ensure minimal disruption to services.
UKATA certified asbestos awareness training has been completed by all office based employees at Scientific Services' head office in St Stephen.
The consultancy's team of Analysts and Consultants all have extensive knowledge of asbestos and its management, but it was felt that a number of office based employees would benefit from attending an asbestos awareness course to promote their own health and well-being as well as that of the company's customers.
POD Training and Consultancy delivered an informative and interactive course, which is in accordance with Regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. All attendees completed a test on completion of the course and now hold a UKATA certificate of training.
Scientific Services has put together a training programme for 2013. This will be delivered to the consultancy's employees by POD and will ensure that the team is up to date with the latest Health and Safety developments as well as developing softer, transferable skills such as time management.
Scientific Services' head office will be open until midday on Christmas Eve and will re-open on the 2nd of January 2013.
The consultancy closes over the festive period and all asbestos bulk testing, shellfish testing, and water analysis services are not being delivered throughout this time. A limited asbestos air testing service will be operational, but this is subject to availability.
For full details of sample submission deadlines please check out the company's Christmas Service Update Newsletter.
Scientific Services wishes all of its customers a fantastic Christmas and a happy New Year. The team would like to thank all of its customers for their continued custom and support throughout the past twelve months, and will look forward to working with you all in the future.
Scientific Services is seeking to appoint a P403 and P404 qualified asbestos air testing analyst to help its existing team to serve the company's ever growing client base.
The successful candidate will be provided with a state of the art mobile laboratory and innovative IT systems will enable the analyst to work from home - travelling direct to sites from this location.
The role will involve delivering a wide range of asbestos air testing and four stage clearance services throughout the South West, into Cardiff and as far east as Southampton.
To apply applicants simply need to email a CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The consultancy's head office and laboratories are based in St Austell, Cornwall. From here UKAS accredited water testing, shellfish testing, and asbestos bulk analysis services are provided to a UK wide client base.
Amanda Gill joins the asbestos air testing team; enabling Scientific Services to provide mobile asbestos air testing services to a range of clients throughout Hampshire, Dorset and surrounding areas.
Dr Tim Hamilton, Managing Director, explains that "Amanda brings with her, vast experience of working within the asbestos industry. She has successfully over-seen a wide range of asbestos removal projects, from small domestic removals, to large commercial sites.
"This will complement our existing team of Asbestos Consultants and ensure that we have the resources to continue to meet customer demand and support the expansion of our asbestos service portfolio."
The consultancy provides a full range of asbestos air testing and four stage clearance services throughout the United Kingdom and is fully UKAS accredited for undertaking this work. Its divisions also provide asbestos bulk analysis, and a wide range of water testing and environmental consultancy services.
Scientific Services is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Gundy. Based in Cardiff, Mike operates from a mobile laboratory, and provides a range of asbestos air monitoring and four stage clearance services.
His strategic positioning in Cardiff, reduces the travel to sites throughout Wales and the surrounding regions. This ensures that the company continues to provide more efficient and cost effective asbestos solutions to its clients.
Mike has worked in the asbestos industry for nearly ten years, and brings a wealth of experience and valuable skills to the environmental consultancy's asbestos team.
His appointment is key in facilitating the continued geographic expansion of the asbestos air monitoring service portfolio. As well as assisting in reducing the asbestos division's carbon footprint.
Chris Goodman, an experienced Asbestos Consultant, with strong industry knowledge joins Scientific Services. Chris is based in Taunton and this enables the company to expand its UKAS accredited Asbestos Air Monitoring and Four Stage Clearance service provisions. He will predominantly cover jobs throughout the South West, into Cardiff and as far east as Southampton on a travel free basis.
The launch of the new mobile laboratory that will be operated by Chris, ensures that the company can penetrate new geographic market segments. Whilst enhancing the efficiency and flexibility of their service delivery throughout the South West, South Wales and surrounding areas.
Scientific Services, one of the UK’s leading, independent companies in analysing and consulting on the environment and asbestos, is pleased to announce the launch of its new website. The website developed with Creative Edge, is hoped to raise awareness of the company brand, assist with cross selling its complimentary service portfolio and improve data management through a secure customer login area.
The website is expected to support a continued increase in turnover throughout 2009/10 and the company’s growth strategy. Dr Tim Hamilton, Managing Director of Scientific Services, said: “Our success in highly competitive markets, is based on our scientific expertise and experience but our dedication to the provision of excellent customer service and innovative added service benefits have been key to the high quality service delivery that our clients have become accustomed to.
It is hoped that the website will enhance and support our UKAS accredited service provisions and improve our online presence.”
The new website will also facilitate the imminent launch of a new nationwide service for contractors involved in the removal of asbestos, which will assist in ensuring that they meet their legislative requirements for monitoring employee exposure levels.
Scientific Services has developed test methods and internal quality assurance systems that enable their asbestos bulk analysis laboratory to accurately classify sample types for bulk material samples.
This density test will enable the consultancy’s customers to obtain the information required, to ensure, with certainty, that the management practices adopted for an asbestos removal project are in line with current legislation.
The water absorption test is the industry standard for assessing the density of a sample and determining whether it is cement or insulation board. The importance attached to deciphering the sample type, relates to the legislation governing the removal of asbestos, which classifies insulation board as a licensable material and cement as a non-licensable product. The Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2006, depict distinctly contrasting methods for the removal of these two sample types.
Scientific Services relocation to larger, purpose built laboratories and office space near St Austell will support the consultancy’s growth strategy. The state of the art laboratories and offices provide larger, quality premises and facilities that compliment their high quality brand.
The more centrally located head office at St Austell has enabled the consultancy to support two new recruits; an additional Asbestos Bulk Analyst and a Laboratory Administrator have now joined the team to support the expansion of the consultancy’s competitive service portfolio.
A valued member of Scientific Services has relocated to Scotland, an experienced Asbestos Consultant, with strong industry knowledge; Cameron Duncan is an asset to the team. His experience and strong capabilities in the asbestos field have enabled the consultancy to expand its geographical coverage of its existing asbestos air monitoring and clearance services.
Based in Dundee, Scotland the new satellite mobile laboratory and Asbestos Consultant, shall enable Scientific Services to offer its competitive and efficient air testing services throughout the East of Scotland and to tap into regions from Edinburgh, up to Inverness and the highlands. The full range of asbestos air monitoring and clearance services will be available immediately, to asbestos contractors, the public sector and companies or individuals that are looking to appoint an analytical asbestos consultancy directly.