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Topic Title: Testing oil for PCBS any one know anyone ?
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Created On: 14 April 2014 10:09 PM
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 14 April 2014 10:09 PM
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Any one reccomend some testing labs for oils

I need to remove some old 3.3 kv gear that's long dead bits been sat around for a while

The items have been cracked open and tested previously but the paperwork a gone AWOL so I am demanding I have them retested

I can take the samples myself I could do with some firm that will send mr some vials out I can fill then and return them to be tested

Also I might need an oil removal company so open to recommendations on both

In the nottingham / East Midlands area

Ta in advance

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 14 April 2014 10:49 PM
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I can put you in touch with a lab that will analyse the samples after you take them and send them in.
However, I don't know anyone in your area that will take the samples, but, the lab I use "may" be able to advise on how to take them safely and send them in.
 14 April 2014 10:57 PM
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Oil handling company - EOS (they are in Chesire)

In the first instance you can get some on-site chlorine-content testers, "clor-n-oil" from Dexsil Labs.

If it passes this, you can assume the oil is PCB free for transport purposes.

Note that because they test for chlorine you may get a false positive result.
 15 April 2014 06:07 PM
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Try a company called Bowers Electricals, they're in the East Midlands. If they cant help i'm sure they can put you in touch with someone who can.


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 20 April 2014 10:24 AM
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polychlorinated biphenyl is a nasty thingy. By the time you've tied yourself up with Risk assessments and method statements, obtained the necessary PPE etc.,,,,,etc. it will probably be cheaper to treat them as containing PCB's and call in a specialist company to remove them. Remember that all the PPE you wear while handling anything containing PCB's must be deposed of through a specialist firm. although to be fair if they have already been tested, they should of been clearly marked with warnings if they contained PCB's.

Some years ago we carried out surveys of sites owned by a water authority and were amazed by the number of items we found that contained PCB's,

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