Somerset County Council
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Environmental monitoring

 

We provide the following paid environmental monitoring services to anyone.

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. We provide 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 help 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  

Radon monitoring typically takes 3 months on site. 

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 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 and jacuzzis. 

Landfill Gas Monitoring

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

Identification of waste intended for landfill

We offer a service helping businesses 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 provide advice and analysis of dust and rain gauges to determine the long term affect of environmental dust. For more information contact your District Council Environmental Health Department.

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

Private drinking water 
You should contact the Environmental Health Department of your District Council to ask about private drinking water supplies in Somerset.

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)   

Please contact us for more information about our service, timescales and costs. 

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Laws and regulation
You can find information about legislationon the following websites: Health and Safety Executive; UKRadon; Building Research Establishment; Health Protection Agency.  For links to these websites please see the Information and Resources section of this page.

Contacts

Contact: Somerset Scientific Services
Address: Unit 2A, Westpark 26, Chelston, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9AD
Email: somersetscientific@somerset.gov.uk
Phone: 0300 123 2224
Fax: 01823 356119
Customer Contact opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.
Somerset Scientific Services opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5.30pm, Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm, (all water samples must be submitted before 1.30pm) Saturday and Sunday closed.

Contact Asbestos Team
Address: Unit 2A, Westpark 26, Chelston, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9AD 
Email somersetscientific@somerset.gov.uk 
Phone 01823 355906 
Fax 01823 3556119 
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed

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