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New British Design Helps Safety Professionals Reduce Occupational Noise Risk

NOVA, the latest range of professional sound level meters launched by Pulsar Instruments plc (UK), promises exceptional user experience, performance, accuracy and battery life.  The meters are perfect for monitoring noise levels in a variety of work environments, with the view to collecting evidence and helping to address any noise at work issues. When it comes to expertise in noise measurement, Pulsar Instruments have become the name to look out for. This latest range of six sound meters com...

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Roxbury declined soil testing permit for landfill

The town of Roxbury, Connecticut, US, has been refused permission to collect samples and test soil quality from new gas extraction wells that are being dug at a landfill site. On Wednesday (April 2nd) the township took the request to the Morris County Courthouse, where a Superior Court judge ruled against it.  The Department of Environmental protection (DEP) is about to begin digging 21 new gas extraction wells on the Fennimore Landfill site, which are aimed at enhancing its gas collection sy...

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Blackline Establishes International Office and Appoints Managing Director

Blackline GPS Corp (Canada), a leader in work alone employee safety monitoring with one of the most complete product portfolios, has created a new, wholly-owned subsidiary – Blackline GPS Europe Ltd. Located in Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom, Blackline GPS Europe is ideally positioned to target the key European, Middle Eastern, and African markets (EMEA). The European market alone is estimated to grow to 650,000 lone worker devices by 2018 according to Berg Insight – a leading research gro...

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IST Opens UAE Office and Welcomes New Addition to Middle East Sales Team 

Industrial Safety Technologies (IST) announces the opening of a sales office in the United Arabs Emirate.  The office is strategically located in Dubai and will assist in further driving gas and flame detection sales growth in the Middle East Region for all of the IST-Group companies. The IST-Group of companies includes Detcon, Simtronics, Oldham, and GMI and this office will be utilised for all four of the companies Middle East selling activities. At the grand opening of the office, Preston...

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Ideal System for Monitoring Daily Personal Noise Exposure at Work

The Pulsar (UK) doseBadge is a tiny, compact and lightweight dosimeter which is worn on the human body, usually on the shoulder, or on a safety helmet. It measures accurately the amount of noise that the person wearing the device is exposed to during their working day. This revolutionary personal noise dosimeter is a self-contained noise measurement device (also known as a PSEM).  It has no cables, displays or controls, making it the perfect solution for noise dosimetry, because the units can...

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Certificates and Declarations of Conformity Attained for Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan

E2S (UK) are pleased to announce the attainment of these new certifications for products from their fire & industrial, explosion proof and wide area disaster notification portfolios. The new TR CU Declaration of Conformity certifies compliance to the new, harmonised Technical Regulations of the Eurasian Economic Community (Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan) and fulfillment of safety requirements. The new TR CU Certificate of Conformity for the Customs Union for safety of equipment for use in exp...

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Refined High-Definition Thermal Imaging Camera

The Flir ThermaCAM P65, available to rent from Ashtead Technology (Singapore), takes high-definition 14-bit thermal images. At the same time, it records visual images with its built-in digital camera. The integrated Laser LocatIR, activated at the touch of a button, helps you to safely and quickly associate a hot spot shown on the IR image with the problem area on the physical target. The ThermaCAM P65 is the most highly refined infrared inspection system available today. Its powerful new fea...

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Making Sense of Noise at Work Regulations

Join Pulsar Instruments’ (UK) noise experts in a series of face to face courses and gain vital insight on how to manage the noise measurement process. The one day courses are delivered by a member of the IOA (Institute of Acoustics) on behalf of the company and are intended to meet the needs of those new to noise measurement. The courses are particularly suited for those safety professionals who have recently purchased a new sound level meter or a noise dosimeter system or who are thinking of...

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Obesity 'increases risk of air pollution-related illness'

Air pollution has been linked to issues with human health for a long time. Airborne pollutants have been tied to a number of illnesses, including cancer, heart disease and respiratory problems. However, new research has suggested it is not only the level of pollution you are subjected to that can result in it having a worse effect. Scientists have suggested that body weight could be a factor when it comes to air pollution-induced respiratory illness.  Researchers from the School of Public Hea...

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New Occupational Exposure Limits Set for Peracetic Acid

The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) Board of Directors has approved the new 2014 occupational exposure limits, including a new Short Term Exposure Limit (STEL) for Peracetic Acid (PAA). Pressure groups have demanded investigations to study the severe health effects of exposure to PAA in the workplace. The ACGIH have confirmed the dangers of working with PAA and set the STEL to 0.4ppm. This means that employers should ensure that their workers are not exposed...

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Fashion retailers aim to reduce landfill waste

Fashion retailers throughout the UK have joined forces in a bid to reduce the amount of textile waste that makes its way to landfill each year. Big retailers within Britain are to agree to reduce the waste, carbon and water impact of their clothes by 15 per cent by 2020.  The new target is to reduce the amount of clothes that end up thrown away by 350,000 tonnes, while also reducing the size of the UK's landfills. Next, Tesco, Marks and Spencer and Arcadia are set to agree on the target and w...

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UK Noise Measurement Company Celebrates its 45th Anniversary

Pulsar Instruments (UK) plc announced today that it is celebrating its 45th anniversary. Since its inception as an engineer-led concern in Silicon Valley, USA in 1969, Pulsar Instruments has seen extraordinary growth, becoming of the success stories in the field of occupational noise monitoring. It was the first company to display the sound level on the scale of a sound level meter and the permitted sound exposure which, at the time, was revolutionary. It also pioneered the use of integrated...

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Landfill site receives complaints for excessive odour

A landfill site in Surrey has received over 120 complaints concerning the sewage-like smell that residents in the area have been subjected to in recent weeks. Residents in Redhill, where the site is located, and Reigate have been subjected to the strong smell for a number of days thanks to the Biffa Waste Services landfill. The strong smell prompted an investigation of the site by the Environment Agency, which found that surface water had become contaminated. Breaches in Biffa's operations ha...

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Specialist Companies Join Forces to Monitor Airport Noise

Casper, the specialist in web-based visualisation and monitoring software for the aviation industry and Cirrus Environmental (UK), a leading specialist in the design and manufacture of environmental noise monitoring solutions, today announced a partnership on airport noise monitoring. Casper Noise: Casper’s web-based noise management solution provides a complete suite of functionalities for effective noise management. The intuitive design, effective cloud based system architecture and advance...

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Breathe Easy with Health and Safety Wear for a Range of Industries

One of Keison Products' (UK) specialities is Breathing Apparatus. They supply all major brands to Fire, Petro Chemical and other Industries and are currently running a promotion on the Scott Contour 300 and 500s, advanced sets and the Basic Sigma 2 sets. All sets can accommodate light carbon fibre cylinders or steel, with the Contour 5000 having the ability to accommodate two cylinders. Keison Products supply other personal safety equipment such as Gas Detection, Safety Masks, Fall Protection...

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45 Years of British Design and Acoustic Research on Show

Visitors to the Health and Safety event at the NEC in March will get the opportunity to see the best of British engineering and design in noise monitoring when visiting the Pulsar Instruments (UK) on stand F33. The firm, which will be celebrating 45 years in business this coming February, will be well represented and will be showcasing its entire range of noise dosimeters, noise activated warning signs and occupational sound level meters including the outstanding new NOVA range. When it comes...

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New Portable Noise Monitor Launched After 2 Years in the Making

Cirrus Environmental (UK) launches its new Invictus portable noise monitor. After more than 2 years in development the Invictus has been designed specifically for environmental noise applications with all new functions, making it the most comprehensive noise monitoring device on the market today. Developed by Cirrus Environmental’s own in-house R&D team, the Invictus allows simultaneous measurements of all parameters and can be controlled remotely via 3G, GPRS, Wi-Fi Ethernet or Radio Modems....

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China soil pollution too bad for farming in many areas

Soil pollution in China has become so bad that around two per cent of the country's arable land is now too polluted for farming. Around 3.3 million hectares - an area roughly the size of Belgium - has become too contaminated to safely grow food on, according to the government. The latest findings show that 30 years of rapid industrial growth brings with it large environmental costs. Wang Shiyuan, vice minister of land and resources, told a press conference in Beijing on December 31sat 2013 th...

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New Noise at Work Courses Announced for 2014

Specialist global expert in occupational health and environmental risk monitoring solutions for the construction, mining & quarrying,  government, oil & gas, pharmaceutical processing and chemical and consultancy sectors, Casella (UK) has announced new one-day noise courses for 2014. Offering an introduction-come-refresher on workplace noise in accordance with the UK ‘Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005’, the courses will be held at parent company, Ideal Industries head office in Warrin...

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Advanced Total Lightning Sensor, the Latest in Precision Lightning Geolocation Technology

Vaisala (Finland) have introduced their new Advanced Total Lightning sensor, the LS7002, offering the latest in precision lightning technology. It is the first, non-VHF, lightning detection sensor to detect Total Lightning and, at the same time, correctly differentiate between cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning. The sensor is designed to operate as part of a network to provide real-time data for operations focused on tracking cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning threats to ground-based and ai...

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Soil remediation to be undertaken at former landfill site

Clean-up plans for an industrial landfill site in Connecticut, US, have been announced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Scovill Industrial Landfill Superfund Site is to undergo the removal of polluted soil and an investigation to better understand the level of contamination at the site.  The site was formerly used - from 1919 to the mid 1970s - for the landfill of demolition debris, cinders, ash and other forms of industrial waste. Much of the land was sold off in the two dec...

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New Miniature 8-band Colour Sensor Enables Handheld OEM Devices

PIXELTEQ (USA) has released its PixelSensor 8-band multispectral photodiode array, packing eight wavelength-selective photodiodes into a compact 9mm square sensor. PixelSensor enables multispectral sensing at a smaller scale by integrating spectral filters at the sensor level, simplifying optical designs and reducing device integration costs. The PixelSensor photodiode splits the visible spectrum into eight discrete colour bands. Its standard 20-pin LCC package can be surface or socket mounte...

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Revamped Noise Nuisance Recorder Launched to Market

Cirrus Research (UK) has re-launched its best-selling Trojan noise nuisance recorder with a host of new innovations included as standard. The Trojan2 offers a raft of new features and functions added following extensive customer research. The Trojan2 software has also been revamped to allow measurements to be made over longer periods of time as well as making download of measurements quicker. “It has been designed to meet the needs of Environmental Health Officers, Housing Associations and an...

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Six Innovation Awards Won at A+A 2013

Honeywell (USA) recently announced that its Safety Products business has been awarded six innovation awards by the independent panel at A+A 2013 for new personal protective equipment (PPE) products and safety solutions. “Using our global network of research and development centres, we are able to leverage technology from across the world to develop solutions that keep workers safe from existing and emerging threats in the workplace,” said Sach Sankpal, vice president and general manager, Hone...

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Urban agriculture 'affected by soil quality'

The main threats to urban agriculture in the US have been identified by a recent study. Researchers at the University of Illinois have identified the main issues that urban agriculture will face as the practice begins to grow, including soil pollution, air pollution, soil remediation and water pollution. All of these problems cannot only affect the amount of food that can be grown in an urban environment, but can also affect its quality.  Sarah Taylor Lovell, assistant professor of landscape...

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Aircraft noise could 'cause stroke and heart disease'

Noise pollution caused by aircraft can increase the risks of being admitted to hospital with stroke, circulatory disease and heart problems, according to a new study. Researchers from Imperial College London and King's College London have found that both night and day-time noise pollution from aircraft going overhead can increase the chances of hospitalisation for a number of illnesses. Researches compared mortality rates and hospital admissions to instances of aircraft noise throughout the a...

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a1-cbiss Supply New Peracetic Acid Monitor to Prevent Serious Health Effects

In partnership with ChemDAQ, a1-cbiss have launched a ground breaking technology for Peracetic Acid (PAA) Monitoring to the UK market. Since the launch of the Steri-Trac, a1-cbiss have been approached by a number of leading food & beverage companies to provide a complete PAA monitoring solution. Prior to working with a1-cbiss the market didn’t have a means of directly testing PAA and often had to resort to using a hydrogen peroxide sensor The Background Peracetic acid is a colourless organic...

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Safety Products to Deliver a Unique Visitor Experience at A+A 2013

Honeywell Safety Products (USA), specialist provider of personal protective equipment (PPE), will present its vision on how safety professionals can build a ‘Culture of Safety’ in their organisations at this year’s A+A exhibition, to be held Nov. 5-8 in Dusseldorf Messe. Honeywell understands the challenges safety professionals face to reduce work place risk while also meeting increasingly stringent compliance and regulatory requirements, improving productivity and operating more efficiently...

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Plans for Four Fold Growth by 2018

Casella (UK), global specialist in occupational health and environmental risk management solutions, has revealed ambitious four fold growth plans over the next five years. It has also indicated that acquisitions are a real possibility in a bid to significantly boost market share by 2018. As part of its growth strategy, Casella will be focusing on developing its noise and dust monitoring solutions for the Mining, Construction, Oil & Gas, Chemical Processing, Pharmaceutical, Public Sector and C...

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Indian power stations in the spotlight over potential pollution offences

Power stations across India are being put under the spotlight for their environmental impact and possible contribution to pollution in the country, after concerns were raised about the potential effect that new developments would have on air quality and the environment. The country's National Green Tribunal is currently seeking the response of the Centre, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, as well as several industries, such as Essar and Hindalco, on a plea that opposes new power projects in S...

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Ion Science PIDs used to detect VOCs within industrial hygiene applications

Industrial (or occupational) hygiene places the emphasis on prevention of ill health from work, through recognising, evaluating and controlling the risks. For anyone working with hazardous compounds, these chemicals represent a significant potential source of risk. Ion Science PID instruments provide reliable detection of over 450 of the most dangerous chemicals, helping to ensure effective industrial hygiene. Many chemicals in common use have been identified as extremely hazardous, represent...

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New Noise at Work Sound Level Meter Launched

A new range of world-class professional sound level meters specifically designed to meet noise at work requirements is now available from Pulsar Instruments plc (UK). The Pulsar Nova range comprises a choice of 6 hand-held meters perfectly suited for safety professionals seeking to undertake anything from the most basic noise level assessments, occupational and industrial hygiene noise measurements to more complex environmental noise monitoring. Featuring a high resolution OLED display, ambie...

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Your Selection Made Simple with New Modular PAPR System

Industrial workers around the world rely on Scott Safety’s (USA) respiratory protection to keep them safe and with innovation and quality at the heart of everything it does. Scott Safety’s latest Modular Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) product range allows workers to tailor their respiratory solution to their requirements, ensuring maximum user acceptance and protection. Designed as a ‘Pick and Play’ solution, the Modular PAPR system allows users to select from interchangeable blowers...

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Train derailment causes toxic chemical leak

A mass evacuation has occurred in Lawtell, Louisiana, following the derailment of a freight train, which has led to a toxic waste spill. Around 100 homes have been evacuated by authorities in the small town, following the leak of toxic chemicals and hazardous gas from the damaged train. The 20-train wagon came of the tracks on Sunday (August 4th) and whilst none of the train employees were injured, sodium hydroxide began to leak from the damaged carts, according to Union Pacific railways. The...

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Fracking environmental analysis for California

Natural gas drilling is to be the subject of a new detailed study in California, conducted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The study will provide a full environmental analysis of the effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and other activities used in the extraction of natural shale gas. It was decided to look into the effects of fracking as the natural gas industry has begun work to tap into the Monterey Shale formation - a massive natural gas reservoir. The utilising of this larg...

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Accredited Calibration of Field Strength Meters

Narda Safety Test Solutions GmbH (Germany) has been awarded accreditation for electric and magnetic field strengths by DAkkS, the national accreditation body of the Federal Republic of Germany. This enables Narda to offer accredited, internationally recognised calibration of field strength meters to their customers. The calibration laboratory of Narda Safety Test Solutions GmbH in Pfullingen is accredited for electric field strengths in the frequency range 9 kHz to 18 GHz. The calibration ran...

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Casella Team Tops Three Peaks for Cancer Research

When Gary Noakes lost his battle against cancer in 2012, aged just 51, his friends and work colleagues at Bedford-based Casella (UK) - global specialist in occupational health and environmental risk management solutions - were determined that his death would not be in vain. Choosing Cancer Research as its charity partner seemed like a good place to start and a programme of fundraising activities was soon put together, but the likes of coffee mornings weren’t on the agenda for this hardy group...

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William Olefins face compliance orders following plant explosion

New compliance orders have been issued to petrochemical company William Olefins by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. The two orders are concerning possible air quality violations and water releases that occurred during an explosion at the company's Ascension Parish Facility in Geismar. The Advocate has reported that the air quality compliance order cites around 39 violations committed by the company from 2007 up until the day following the explosion on June 13th this year. A...

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Noise pollution can cause heart disease

A new German study has shown that there is a correlation between heart disease and both noise pollution and air pollution. The study has shown that both types of pollution are individual factors in the development of cardiovascular disease. The study, which took place in the Ruhr region of Germany, looked at both forms of pollution simultaneously in relation to thoracic aortic calcification - the hardening of the arteries. It was led by Doctor Barbara Hoffman, an environmental epidemiology pr...

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Mercury Protection Products Displayed at ICMGP

Mercury Safety (UK) were established over 25 years ago and co-owned by husband and wife team of a toxicologist and practising dentist. They supply mercury protection products to customers globally. Mercury Safety also provide products for healthcare, industry, universities and schools and in the home. They offer online international shopping for all their products. See them on Stand 38 at ICMGP 2013 (Mercury 2013), Edinburgh in July.

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Toutch Biometric and Alcohol Scanner Brought to Safety and Health Show

AlcoSense (UK), the manufacturer and distributor of alcohol testing solutions, is bringing the newly launched AlcoSense TruTouch alcohol detector to the Safety & Health Expo at Birmingham NEC.  Capable of performing 180 tests per hour, the AlcoSense TruTouch is a self administered alcohol test which simultaneously measures alcohol levels and verifies identity in under 10 seconds. This enables employers to cost effectively test all safety critical employees every day, or as often as they choos...

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Noise pollution can lead to heart disease

A German study - using data from the German Heinz Nixdorf Recall Study - has shown that noise pollution from prolonged exposure to heavy traffic can cause heart disease. The study was aimed at assessing whether noise pollution or particle pollution from traffic attributes to atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a narrowing and hardening of the arteries due to a build-up of plaque around the artery walls. This can cause heart attacks and other cardiovascular complications as it disrupts the blo...

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Cancer Research UK Chosen as Charity Partner

As Casella Measurement (UK) launches its new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy, it is particularly apt that the specialist in occupational health and environmental monitoring equipment has chosen Cancer Research UK as its charity partner, since use of the company’s dust measuring devices play an important part in the fight against lung cancer. The link with the charity is also seen as a fitting legacy in memory of Gary Noakes, a key member of the Casella team who sadly passed away...

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Aberdeen Centre Continues to be a Key Business Success

Safety specialist Draeger Safety UK Limited (UK), plans to invest a further £1 million into the expansion of its dedicated centre in Aberdeen, following a successful three years since opening. Since opening, Dräger has seen demand for its products and services expand, so much that business has increased, new jobs have been created, which has trebled the number of full time Dräger specialists available to meet growing customer requirements. Located just 20 minutes from the international harbou...

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Institute for Global Food Security set up in wake of horse meat scandal

A new food safety institute has been founded to improve environmental health and supply chain problems, it has been reported. The Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) is to examine quality and standards in food production and manufacturing after it was launched at Queen’s University in Belfast (QUB) on Thursday March 14th. This follows an environmental health scandal in January during which there were widespread reports of contaminated meat products in supermarkets throughout Europe. The...

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Food safety institute to improve environmental health, supply chain issues

A new food safety institute has been founded in order to improve environmental health and supply chain problems. BBC News reported that the body was launched at Queen's University in Belfast (QUB) on Thursday 14th March. The Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) will assess quality and standards in food production and manufacture. In January, there were widespread incidents of contaminated meat products in supermarkets and out food outlets across Europe. The scandal primarily involved the...

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Half of mechanical biological waste in England goes to landfill sites

It has been revealed that nearly half of the waste produced from mechanical biological (MBT) sites was sent straight to landfills in 2011 and 2012, according to Lets Recycle. In research undertaken by the firm, the figures highlighted that 48.5 per cent of local authority waste, which was sent to be treated at MBT plants, was then sent to landfill sites. This spanned 28 councils across England, which produced 1,205,663 tonnes of waste. 585,359 tonnes of this was then sent to landfills. Whilst...

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Buckinghamshire to protect itself from noise pollution

Buckinghamshire council has voiced concerns that, should the aviation industry grow, it will suffer from further noise pollution. Both Heathrow and Luton airports are close to the Buckinghamshire area, which means that, should these airports expand in size, inhabitants in the district will suffer from increased noise pollution. Although the council has not strictly opposed the expansion, it has asked for the rights of inhabitants to be considered. In the Draft Aviation Policy Framework pub...

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New Vibration Device Helps to Safeguard Workers

Efficiency and cost-effectiveness were two of the reasons behind Cheshire West and Chester Council’s selection of a CEL-960 Human Vibration Monitor from specialist manufacturer, Casella CEL (UK), to help protect staff from the effects of prolonged use of certain equipment. The unitary Council, which employs more than 12,000 staff in the North West of England, was looking for a reliable, compact and easy-to-use device that would assist with its programme of monitoring park rangers and streetsc...

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Biofuel production 'could do more harm than good'

According to new research, air pollution levels could worsen owing to the production of more biofuels. Indeed, a study conducted by Lancaster University found that around 1,400 premature deaths could occur per year by 2020 if more biofuels are produced. The study examined trees that are grown to produce wood fuel, and it found that these trees emit a volatile organic compound (VOC) called Isoprene, which when mixed with other pollutants, can create ozone and reduce crop yields. This type of a...

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