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Environmental monitoring

 

Scientific Services provides the following environmental monitoring services:

Noise at work

  • Noise measurement (equipment levels, dosimetry) 
  • Exposure assessment (prediction, reporting) 
  • Regulatory Advice 
  • Local policy consultation 
  • Training (risk, control and use of hearing protection)   

Radon and other radiation monitoring 

Radon is a natural occurring radioactive gas resulting from the radioactive decay of very small amounts of uranium present in all rocks, soils and, to a lesser extent, brick and concrete. It has no taste, smell or colour.

We offer a wide-ranging service to employers and building managers covering all aspects of radon work. Somerset Scientific Services provides the following radon services:

For Workplaces:
Action on radon in the workplace is mandatory. The Management of Health and Safety Regulations at Work 1999 require employers to assess risks from radon in workplaces. In affected areas, and in all below-ground workplaces, measurement of radon levels would normally be required. The Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 (IRR99) will apply to workplaces if the radon gas concentration exceeds 400 Bq m-3. We can assist you with:

  • Building risk assessments 
  • Planning and carrying out radon surveys 
  • Interpretation of results 
  • Advice on compliance with Ionising Radiation Regulations 1999 
  • Access to Radiation Protection Advisor Services 
  • Liaising with the Health and Safety Executive 
  • Radon mitigation plans 
  • Post remediation monitoring  

Who can use it?
This service can be provided, on a fee-paying basis, to anyone including:

  • Businesses of all sizes 
  • County and District Councils 
  • Housing providers 
  • Environmental Health 
  • Members of the public  

How long does it take?
Radon monitoring typically takes 3 months on site. 

Laws and regulation
Information on legislation can be found on the following sites: Health and Safety Executive; UKRadon; Building Research Establishment; Health Protection Agency.  For links to these websites please refer to the Information and Resources section of this page.

Water analysis
We provide a professional, high quality and cost effective solution for all your water testing requirements.  Using the latest analytic methods and equipment, we have extensive knowledge and experience of analysing drinking, environmental, industrial, recreational (e.g. swimming pools and jacuzzis), and waste waters for chemical and microbiological parameters.

This service is provided to public private and private sectors to address health and safety concerns and to ensure compliance with regulation.

We can test waters for a broad range of chemical and microbiological parameters. We provide a sampling service, sample containers and can arrange for sample collection. Advice and testing is offered for the following types of water:

Natural Environment – checking the quality of waters in the following areas

  • Ponds and lakes 
  • Pollution of rivers and streams 
  • Bathing water quality 
  • Ground water contamination 
  • Private drinking water supply regulations  

 Drinking/Portable – checking the drinking water quality meets EU/UK Regulations in  mains water supplies, private water supplies and bottled natural and mineral waters. 

 Industrial Environment – checking the quality of industrial effluents and process waters in process waters, trade effluents and licensed discharges to controlled waters.

 Recreational Waters – checking the quality of waters in swimming pools, bathing waters, jacuzzis. 

Landfill Gas Monitoring

We can provide detailed advice and analysis relating to the testing of gases associated with active and closed landfill sites.

Where can I get more information as to whether I need to test for landfill gases?
Contact the Environment Agency 

Identification of waste intended for landfill

We can offer a service helping businesses to identify waste into its major components. We can also give advice on the disposal of commercial or industrial waste without any pre-identification.

Environmental Dust Monitoring 
We can provide advice and analysis of dust and/or rain gauges in order to determine the long term affect of environmental dust.

Where can I find information on dust level/trends within my area?
Contact your local District Council Environmental Health Department.

Pollution Outbreaks 
For enquiries about river quality please contact the Environmental Agency 08708 506506.

Private drinking water 
You should contact the Environmental Health Department of your local district council with enquiries about private drinking water supplies within the Somerset area.

Further Information on water quality can be found on the following sites:
Drinking Water Inspectorate, Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive.

For links to these sites please refer to the Information and Resources section of this page.

How do I use these services? 
Please contact us for further information on our service. You will find all our contact details and opening hours on the Contacts tab of this page.

How long does it take?
Timescales are dependant on the service you require, please contact us for more information. 

How much does it cost? 
We offer a competitive pricing policy, please contact for a quote.

Contacts

Contact: Somerset Scientific Services
Address: Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4DY
Email: somersetscientific@somerset.gov.uk
Contact no: 0845 345 9188
Fax: 01823 356119
Customer Contact opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm, Sunday closed.
Somerset Scientific Services opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm, Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

Contact Asbestos Team
Address: Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4DY
Email somersetscientific@somerset.gov.uk 
Contact no 01823 355906 
Fax 01823 3556119 
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday closed.Sunday: Closed

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