Hazard surveys

Over the years, we have been participating on many hazard surveys to identify safety or environmental hazards in the working environment. In the scope of our surveys, safety hazards are usually related to tools, processes and personal protective equipment. Environmental hazards on the other hand typically involve the presence of toxic substances, noise, vibration, ionizing radiation, and elevated temperature. We can carry out comprehensive hazards site surveys to identify many site-specific hazards.

We specialise in identification and measurements of hazards such as:

  • Toxic fumes and vapours.
  • Noise and vibration.
  • Residual contamination (Heavy metals, Toxic substances).
  • Hazardous construction or insulation materials (Asbestos, Refractory mineral fibres).
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB).
  • Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons (PHA).
  • Biological contaminants and pathogenic microorganisms.
  • Hazardous surface finishes (Lead and Chromium coatings).

Airborne toxic substances are present in the workplace in the form of:

  • Dust (silica dust).
  • Fumes (welding fumes).
  • Gases (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide).
  • Mists (electroplating chromium mists).
  • Vapours (volatiles).
  • Low- high oxygen.
  • Many other toxic substances.

Some of these substances can be measured and compared to safe exposure limits as guided by HSE or OSHA. Many of these substances cannot be easily detected and measured without using sophisticated equipment operated by highly trained technicians.

We use a variety of measurement and sample collection techniques which allow us to identify the presence of hazardous materials on live or decommissioned sites, quantify the magnitude and extent of the contaminating.

In consultation with our clients, we prepare hazards assessment plans, identify site specific hazard threshold based on the regulatory requirements and site uses and prepare clear and objective site assessment strategy.

This multi-layer assessment approach helps us to successfully evaluate complex sites with multiple hazards such as decommissioned chemical works and laboratory facilities, Ride damage pharmaceutical production sites, hospitals, school and residential properties.


– 2017

Holmewood House School

Holmewood House School (Tunbridge Wells)

Post-remediation verification of lead dust cleaning operatives. The site's shooting range for surveys for the presence of residual lead dust to verify the effectiveness and diligence of a lead dust cleaning contractor.

– 2017

Cambridgeshire Consabulary

Cambridgeshire Constabulary HQ (Cambridge)

Building lead contamination surveys with the aim to identify and quantify the extent of lead dust contamination in the building. We have performed air quality reassurance testing and bulk sample collection throughout the site to evaluate the exposure levels and risk to the building occupants.

– 2017

Kier Construction Ltd

Woodside School (Sheffield)

Lead survey of an abandoned historically important school building in Sheffield. The building was being re-developed into and new nursery school with the aim to preserve many original features.

– 2017

North Lindsey College

North Lindsey College (Scunthorpe)

Lead survey to part one block at North Lyndsey College prior redevelopment into the new teaching block. The survey team utilised XRF techniques to pinpoint suspected materials and bulk sampling techniques to collect samples for lead content analysis.

– 2017

Alfred Bagnall & Sons

Nottingham main train station

Lead exposure monitoring during the renovation of Nottingham main train station. We were appointed to carry our reassurance testing to safeguard the public in the exposed areas and to carry our occupational exposure monitoring of lead removal operatives

– 2017

Asbestos Consultants Europe Ltd

Aviva HQ (London)

Lead exposure monitoring during lead removal operation. The project was carried out on site and our company provided continuous lead monitoring on site to ensure the safety of the public and lead removal operatives.

– 2016

Marjon Univesity

Marjon University (Plymouth Studio School)

Partial building lead surevy before re-development of a dated building. the building was extensively surveyed using XRF surveying methods and suspected materials were quantified using traditional bulk sampling method.

– 2016

PHH Environmental Ltd

Beckey Court (Plymouth) – Student accommodation development

Intrusive lead survey for the presence of lead-containing materials on this old building in the heart of Plymouth town center. The building was being redeveloped into new student accommodation block.

– 2016

Torquay Hospital

Torquay Hospital- Linac Building

Lead survey to part of the Linac building at Torquay Hospital prior to redevelopment of exisitng building into a new hospital wing. Paqrtial site surveys utilising bulk and XRF surveying methods.

– 2016

Kier Construction Ltd

National House (Exeter) Student accommodation complex

Lead surveys of the national house building in Exeter prior development of the site into new state fo the art student accommodation complex. Bulk lead sampling methods along with the onsite XRF analysis were used to survey this site.