Author Archives: Brendan Hall

Cleaner Cleaners: Creating More Sustainable Surfactants

SURFACTANTS (or surface active agents) are versatile chemicals most commonly associated with cleaning detergents. With a basic structure comprising a hydrophobic and a hydrophilic component, their properties allow them to mix the immiscible, create foams, and act as a wetting agent, serving use in areas including personal care and healthcare products, and in industrial processes. […]

World’s electricity supply close to ‘peak emissions’ due to growth of wind and solar

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the global power sector grew just 0.2% in the first six months of 2023, with rapidly rising wind and solar outpacing sluggish demand growth. Emissions from electricity generation would have fallen, but droughts forced countries to increase fossil fuel use to cover declines in hydropower. Keep reading via Carbon Brief.

Crumbling concrete: Raac found in 18 more hospitals in England

Eighteen more hospitals in England contain potentially crumbling concrete, bring the total affected to 42, the Department of Health has confirmed. The reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (Raac) has also been found in 214 schools and colleges in England as well as thousands of other buildings. Keep reading via BBC News.

Building better: CLC announces plan to boost industry productivity by 25%

Boosting productivity in the construction sector could generate £45bn of additional added value each year for the UK; equivalent to 2% of UK GDP; and enough to build more than 220,000 houses a year or pay for two thirds of the UK’s ten-year infrastructure pipeline, including covering the cost of both HS2 and the new […]

Read this weeks Industry News articles

1️⃣ Unions call for parties to adopt asbestos-removal plan. 2️⃣ Is anti-condensation paint worth it? Home improvement experts share their thoughts. 3️⃣ Time to inform the public about the adverse effects of ultra-processed foods, researchers say. 4️⃣ The plant poisons that shape our daily lives. 5️⃣ Recession to hit construction until 2025. 6️⃣ CMA launches […]

‘Lead-in’ with Lead: New Training Opportunity from the ISSE

21 years ago on 24th October 2002, the Control of Lead at Work Regulations (CLAW) were ‘made’, which means they had been completed and were ready to be laid before Parliament, 31st October, 2002. They came into force 21st November, 2002. So what? You may ask. This week, 22nd – 29th October, is International Lead […]

International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

🌍🚫 It’s the start of International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week! 🚫🌍 Join the ISSE in raising awareness about the health risks associated with lead exposure. Let’s spotlight global efforts to protect children from this harmful toxin and accelerate the elimination of lead in paint. Despite progress, lead exposure, especially in childhood, is still a major […]

Check out this weeks Industry News articles focus on #ILPPW

This week our Industry News focus is on Lead Paint in focus with International Lead Poisoning Prevent Week or #ILPPW. Take a look at these articles, and advice documents: 1️⃣ FAQ – Questions and Answers about Lead Paint and Lead Paint Laws 2️⃣ Half of children in poorer countries have lead poisoning, says study 3️⃣ […]

Clouds now contain plastic, risking contamination of ‘everything we eat and drink’

Clouds now contain microscopic pieces of plastic that in turn are causing “plastic rainfall”, according to a new study. Scientists fear that these particles of less than 5mm – known as microplastics – could be contaminating “nearly everything we eat and drink”. Keep reading via Independent