Field Trial for ALERT system

Field Trial for ALERT system
  • Date: Tuesday 30th January 2018
ACAD has been supporting the development of the ALERT
system for a number of years and it’s great to see this has
now reached the field trial stage. We caught up with Gilpin
Environmental’s Technical Manager Rob Burley to find out
why they are supporting this trial…
“It really is a great piece of kit with potentially some great applications.
The ability to offer real time fibre monitoring could revolutionise the air
monitoring associated with asbestos removal works. The main problem
with leak testing for example is the time delay involved and, unless you
happened to be running a test when a problem arises, you might never
know a leak has occurred. Whilst ALERT is a long way from a UKAS/
WHO approved method; it does not produce a concentration for example,
being able to give an instant ALERT to the presence of airborne asbestos
fibres outside a working area has obvious advantages.
Such an approach would mean main contractors and clients could
even undertake their own ad hoc monitoring outside enclosures,
strengthening their auditing ability as the ALERT system requires little
training to operate, unlike the technical proficiency required to collect
and read a traditional air test.”
About ALERT
ALERT uses laser light scattering technology in conjunction with
the unique paramagnetic properties of asbestos fibres to make the
statistical analysis to 98% confidence. The ALERT range of devices
was designed initially to provide a first line of defence for those likely to
accidentally disturb asbestos during work.
ALERT Technology, a spin out from The Select Group of Companies
Ltd, officially began trading on 1st January 2017. £1m of private
equity investment was secured, enabling ALERT Technology to move
towards commercialisation. Investment has allowed ALERT to expand
their team, produce sample units for commercial field trials with future
customers ahead of commercial production and further enhance and
improve the technology.
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Get involved
“ ALERT confirms Asbestos fibres are present and
does so incredibly quickly but this system cannot
be used to determine the all-important fibre concentrations. That’s where the existing
PCM technique is needed,” explains Loretta King, ALERT Technology’s Marketing
Director. “We really see this system as offering a useful supplement to existing
technologies in the Asbestos sector, not a replacement for
these tried and trusted techniques.”
ACAD members can get involved with ALERT field trials. The development team are
looking for participants who are actively removing asbestos in a variety of environments.
To register your interest contact loretta@asbestos-alert.com or call 01803 540154 (option 5).
Away from the Asbestos sector, ALERT was originally conceived as a safety device for tradespeople to offer an immediate
ALERT should they inadvertently disturb asbestos or they find themselves in an asbestos contaminated area.
“Here at Gilpin Environmental Ltd we pride ourselves on being market leaders and we ensure we have all the necessary
information relating to Asbestos prior to starting work,” says Rob. “This includes ensuring an appropriate R&D survey is
in place and all our employees have received suitable and sufficient Asbestos training as a minimum. Surveys can often
miss an ACM which is why our training is designed to kick in acting as a failsafe. By introducing the ALERT system into this
hierarchy of control, the reliability of the failsafe is boosted considerably and therefore the safety of my colleagues and our
clients is enhanced too. If ALERT can reproduce in the field what is has promised to do in the laboratory, we stand on the
edge of perhaps the biggest revolution we have seen in our history of controlling asbestos.”

ACAD has been supporting the development of the ALERT system for a number of years and it’s great to see this hasnow reached the field trial stage. We caught up with GilpinEnvironmental’s Technical Manager Rob Burley to find out why they are supporting this trial…

“It really is a great piece of kit with potentially some great applications.The ability to offer real time fibre monitoring could revolutionise the air monitoring associated with asbestos removal works. The main problem with leak testing for example is the time delay involved and, unless youhappened to be running a test when a problem arises, you might never know a leak has occurred. Whilst ALERT is a long way from a UKAS/WHO approved method; it does not produce a concentration for example,being able to give an instant ALERT to the presence of airborne asbestos fibres outside a working area has obvious advantages.

Such an approach would mean main contractors and clients could even undertake their own ad hoc monitoring outside enclosures, strengthening their auditing ability as the ALERT system requires little training to operate, unlike the technical proficiency required to collect and read a traditional air test.”

About ALERT

ALERT uses laser light scattering technology in conjunction withthe unique paramagnetic properties of asbestos fibres to make the statistical analysis to 98% confidence.

The ALERT range of devices was designed initially to provide a first line of defence for those likely to accidentally disturb asbestos during work.

ALERT Technology, a spin out from The Select Group of CompaniesLtd, officially began trading on 1st January 2017. £1m of private equity investment was secured, enabling ALERT Technology to movetowards commercialisation. Investment has allowed ALERT to expandtheir team, produce sample units for commercial field trials with future customers ahead of commercial production and further enhance and improve the technology.

Get involved

"ALERT confirms Asbestos fibres are present and does so incredibly quickly but this system cannot be used to determine the fibre concentrations. That’s where the existing PCM technique is needed,” explains Loretta King, ALERT Technology’s MarketingDirector. “We really see this system as offering a useful supplement to existing technologies in the Asbestos sector, not a replacement for these tried and trusted techniques.”

Gilpin ALERT Trials 3ACAD members can get involved with ALERT field trials. The development team are looking for participants who are actively removing asbestos in a variety of environments.

To register your interest contact loretta@asbestos-alert.com or call 01803 540154 (option 5).

Away from the Asbestos sector, ALERT was originally conceived as a safety device for tradespeople to offer an immediate ALERT should they inadvertently disturb asbestos or they find themselves in an asbestos contaminated area.

“Here at Gilpin Environmental Ltd we pride ourselves on being market leaders and we ensure we have all the necessaryinformation relating to Asbestos prior to starting work,” says Rob. “This includes ensuring an appropriate R&D survey isin place and all our employees have received suitable and sufficient Asbestos training as a minimum. Surveys can oftenmiss an ACM which is why our training is designed to kick in acting as a failsafe. By introducing the ALERT system into this hierarchy of control, the reliability of the failsafe is boosted considerably and therefore the safety of my colleagues and our clients is enhanced too.

"If ALERT can reproduce in the field what is has promised to do in the laboratory, we stand on the edge of perhaps the biggest revolution we have seen in our history of controlling asbestos.”

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