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It’s a family affair - donation of over 100 face shields, 100 percent hand made

Envirotect’s Operations Manager, Nigel Payne, has put his time in furlough to good use by making essential PPE for the NHS.

When Nigel was furloughed earlier in spring his wife Amanda readily found him a job.

Amanda mentioned that local schools and companies had been using laser cutters or 3D printers to make face shields.  With years of experience within the joinery industry Nigel’s technical mind got to work and he set up a workshop on his dining room table.  Nigel says “I made a jig with pieces of plywood and used a hot plate to heat up the plastic strips.  I then used a hot glue gun and double sided tape to assemble the pieces together”.

Nigel had looked at designs online, but they did not work for the materials he had to hand so he tweaked the designs slightly to incorporate the materials he had.

Amanda explains “I work for Barnado’s, who are affiliated to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Aylesbury and through my contacts we found a happy recipient for the donation: Oxford Health”.

The couple’s daughter Jasmin helped with assembling the shields and son Thomas delivered them to the trust’s designated collection point. 

Thankfully the face shields were completed just in time as Nigel’s furlough was coming to an end and he will be returning to work at Envirotect.

Oxford Health gave A BIG THANK YOU to Nigel, Amanda, Jasmin and Thomas for their kind donation.

Read the full article by clicking on the following link: https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/news/over-100-face-shields-100-per-cent-handmade/

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Envirotect Nigel Face Shield NHS

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement - Update

At these unprecedented times Envirotect Limited will continue to open to support our NHS in their time of need. Our NHS is experiencing very high levels of demand and it is more important than ever that we continue with construction of vital work within the healthcare sector. Envirotect will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and follow guidance based on the current information as issued by the British Government, the World Health Organisation and Public Health England.

Envirotect Limited will follow the amended procedures as set out below as we understand what a vital role we have to play in controlling the spread of this disease:

  • Our office will be open from 07:30 – 16:00 hrs Monday to Friday until further notice.

  • Employees will be working on a skeleton basis both within the office and our workshop to limit contact.

  • Those employees who can will work from home.

  • Strict guidelines have been put into place regarding social distancing both internally within our office and workshop and on external sites.

  • Ensuring employees have access to appropriate hygiene facilities such as hot water, soap, paper towels, and waste bins to dispose of used tissues and paper towels.

  • Hand sanitiser have been issued to those on external sites and will also be held in our cars and vans.

  • Employees are encouraged to adhere to the official guidelines in their own personal time and activities.

  • We will advise employees to self-isolate when required.

  • Our employees on site will be guided by the advice of the main contractor and follow the procedures they require in this regard. These are likely to include things such as access and exit routes for personnel and deliveries, hygiene controls and changes required to ensure personal safety.

  • Updates and additions to any of these procedures will be communicated to our employees by Tool Box Talks and notices displayed on our notice board.

Please keep safe and well!

 

Coronavirus Envirotect Statement

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

Please be assured that Envirotect Limited will continue to operate in its normal capacity unless the wellbeing of our staff is compromised or we are instructed otherwise by the British Government.

In these uncertain and unprecedented times Envirotect Limited continually monitors the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and have circulated advice and guidance to all employees both internally within our factor and on external sites.  This guidance is based on the current information as issued by the British Government, the World Health Organisation and Public Health England.

Envirotect Limited understand that we all have a vital role to play in controlling the spread of this disease and we follow the procedures set out below:

  • Ensuring employees have access to appropriate hygiene facilities such as hot water, soap, paper towels and waste bins to dispose of used tissues and paper towels.

  • Hand sanitiser will be issued to those on external sites and will also be held in our cars and vans.

  • Employees are encouraged to adhere to the official guidelines in their own personal time and activities.

  • We will advise employees to self-isolate when required.

  • We will consider whether face to face meetings can be replaced with other mediums such as teleconferencing.

  • Our employees on site will be guided by the advice of the main contractor and follow the procedures they require in this regard. These are likely to include things such as access and exit routes for personnel and deliveries, hygiene controls and changes required to ensure personal safety.

  • Updates and additions to any of these procedures will be communicated to our staff by Tool Box Talks and notices displayed on our notice board.

If circumstances do change and our offices and workshop are forced to close we will inform you via our usual channels – email, text, our website and social media.

Coronavirus Envirotect Statement

Annual door inspections could help prevent MRI service disruptions

Envirotect’s RF doors are designed to provide reliable, low maintenance service for use in the most demanding MRI facilities.  To minimise interruptions to services that can be caused by issues with an RF door and to extend its life, Envirotect offers annual inspection, servicing and repairs.

Annual inspections consist of a full examination of the whole RF door system including the general condition of the frame and door face, door seal, latch system, hinges, door closer and contact fingers.

Finger and gasket type doors require regular professional cleaning and lubrication to ensure maximum service life and correct operation. 

Periodically the RF fingers or the gasket will require replacing to maintain the best shielding performance and Envirotect can now replace these parts on a range of doors.

Inspections can be scheduled around busy periods to avoid disruption and after the inspection the company will submit a proposal for approval if any repairs are required.  The company will also confirm any recommendations to enhance the service life of the RF door.    

Independent tests can be arranged by Envirotect including RF attenuation, EMI survey, vibration survey and magnetic steel shielding calculations.  If enviro-Steel® magnetic shielding is required, the company can supply and install as required.

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Shielding experts start work on one hundredth RF cage

Envirotect has secured an order for its 100th RF cage while celebrating another significant milestone; its 20th business anniversary.  Managing director Niven Smith said: I am thrilled by the fact that the company has reached its 20th anniversary and look forward to the coming year with real enthusiasm and huge optimism.”

The company says it is the only RF shield manufacturer in the UK that is member accredited and able to display the Made in Britain marque.  Wherever possible materials and suppliers originating in the UK are used, enabling faster manufacturing and delivery.

Since introducing RF shielding to the product portfolio Envirotect has offered a range of independent testing services including RF attenuation, EMI surveys and magnetic steel shielding calculations.  Where enviro-Steel® shielding is required, the company can supply and install to the magnet vendor’s specification.

Annual inspections, servicing and repairs on a wide range of RF doors are also available.  “Finger and gasket type doors require regular professional cleaning and lubrication to ensure maximum service life,” says Envirotect.  “Periodically the RF fingers or gasket will require replacing to maintain the best shielding performance and we can now replace these parts on a range of doors.”

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Envirotect marks 20 years

Envirotect is celebrating 20 years in business, since its launch in 2000 by managing director Niven Smith.

The company has grown to become an established provider of structural radiation shielding to the medical, construction and engineering sectors throughout the UK and internationally.

Introducing RF cages with associated products including enviro-Steel® magnetic steel shielding, RF tests, door maintenance, filters and waveguides to the product range has led to a substantial increase in business; having begun with two members of staff, Envirotect now employs 15.

“I feel privileged to have been able to work with such an enthusiastic and hardworking team,” said Smith.  “Staff turnover is very low and the work ethic extremely high.  This has helped to provide the best service to our customers and built lasting relationships.  I would like to extend a huge thank you to our customers, suppliers and employees.”

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Please note our offices will be shut from close of business Friday 20th December 2019 returning on Monday 6th January 2020

Magnetic shielding reduces spread of Gauss line

Magnetic steel shielding such as enviro-Steel® may be required for MRI installations, depending on the type of magnet, field strength and location of the site.  The enviro-Steel® magnetic steel shielding is used to reduce the spread of the 0.5mT (5 Gauss) line of the magnetic field to protect sensitive medical equipment and minimise the risk to people with pacemakers and implants.  If the proposed location of the magnet allows the Gauss line to spread outside the room this can have serious repercussions to members of the public in this area.

Another factor to take into consideration is interference from the outside the MRI suite.  Moving objects with high levels of ferrous magnetic metals such as vehicles and lift shafts can cause interference to the operation of the MR scanner.  Introducing materials like enviro-Steel® contains the magnetic field and avoid interference.

Envirotect has registered enviro-Steel® as a trademark.

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Growth of veterinary MRI increase demand for shielding

Envirotect reports an increase in requirements for its radiation and RF shielding products due to the growth of diagnostic imaging services within the veterinary and equine industry. 

Envirotect recently worked on a project at The Ralph Veterinary Referral Centre in Marlow, installing a copper RF shielded cage to house an MRI scanner.  A specially controlled environment needed to be created to ensure the magnet functions as designed.  Envirotect achieved this by forming an electrically sealed six-sided copper RF cage consisting of floor, ceiling, walls, control window and entrance door.

A Code 7 (3.15mm lead equivalent) radiation shielded observation window was also required for the Computed Tomography (CT) room.  Craftsmen manufactured the lead lined frame in their workshop before transporting to site for installation by the Envirotect team.   

The Ralph is very much a passion- and vision-driven hospital founded on a strong organisational culture and authentic core values.   Hospital founder Shailen Jasani, a Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care specialist, helped to treat an adorable rescue cat called Ralph, after he had been hit by a car. Ralph shared a home with Shailen for two years before sadly passing away.

Shailen embarked on his journey to set up a new and very special veterinary referral centre, it felt only right that as a lasting tribute to the wonderful Ralph, the hospital be named in his honour.

Shailen’s vision is now a reality and Envirotect was enthralled to be part of such an interesting journey.

Envirotect have an extensive range of affordable radiation shielding products and have been working within the veterinary sector for many years.  Lead lined door sets incorporate a lead core throughout the frame, door, stops and architraves.  Doors can be supplied primed, veneered or with a wipe clean laminate.  Vision panels can be incorporated as required and come in various sizes.  Door Upgrades, also known as Door Skins, are available and is a cost effective option allowing veterinarians to upgrade existing doors with lead protection.  Large radiation shielded doors for equestrian facilities can also be manufactured.

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CHAS Premium Plus Accreditation

Envirotect are delighted to announce that we have achieved the CHAS Premium Plus accreditation.

CHAS (The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) was created in 1997 by experienced health and safety professionals to improve health and safety standards across the United Kingdom.

The CHAS Premium Plus accreditation includes the following:

  • Health & Safety Assessment
  • Environmental Verification
  • Quality Management Verification
  • Equal Opportunities & Diversity Verification
  • Financial & Business Standing Verification
  • Anti-Bribery & Corruption Verification
  • Modern Slavery Verification

Commenting on Envirotect’s achievement, managing director, Niven Smith stated:

“Achieving this accreditation shows, not only our current customers but our potential customers, that we are committed to delivering the highest level of quality and service.  It also allows potential customers to see at a glance, what type of business they are engaging with.  Envirotect bid for many tenders throughout the year and this accreditation will help us streamline our in-house bidding process.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank Janine, our company secretary, for all her hard work in helping Envirotect achieve this accreditation.

Our CHAS Premium Plus certificate can be downloaded from our website under the About Us section.

To find out more about CHAS and their accreditation’s please visit their website

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Envirotect extend MR product range

Envirotect Limited has extended their range of MR products.  In addition to its copper RF shielded cage, Envirotect offers a range of filters and waveguides which come in standard sizes with other sizes available upon request.  Air conditioning waveguides are designed to allow air to enter and leave the cage through a suitable filter.  Medical gas waveguides are constructed of a copper pipe with a dielectric isolator to prevent grounding.  Each medical gas waveguide is pressure tested at a minimum of 150psi for at least two hours.   Standard electrical filters are 25amp single line tubular feed-through filters and are required in pairs.  Open waveguides are brass threaded pipe complete with two nuts to fix to the RF cage. 

Envirotect can arrange independent testing services including RF attenuation, EMI survey, vibration survey and magnetic steel shielding calculations.  If magnetic steel shielding is required, the company can supply and install to the magnet vendors specification. 

Envirotect can carry out annual inspections, servicing and repairs on manual ETS-Lingren RF doors, in addition to its own products.  Finger and gasket type doors require regular professional cleaning and lubrication to ensure maximum service life and correct operation, says Envirotect.  Periodically the RF fingers or the gasket will require replacing to maintain the best shielding performance and the company can now replace parts on a range of doors. 

Contact us now with your requirements

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UKIO 2019 - Did you see our photograph?

Another successful exhibition at UKIO.  UKIO is an excellent opportunity for the Envirotect team to engage with delegates and discuss new projects directly.  

Envirotect Team; Steve Rumble, Howard Nutkins, contracts manager and Niven Smith, managing director.  Picture courtesy of Rad Magazine and can be found printed in the July Issue.

 

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UKIO 2019 - Ready, Set, Go....

Our stand is ready at UKIO and our team are waiting to welcome you.  Remember to pick up a free goody bag…

Visit us at stand number 34

 

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UKIO 2019, ACC Liverpool

Envirotect will be exhibiting at UKIO 2019.  Please feel free to pop along and have a chat with our team from Monday 10th June – Wednesday 12th June at ACC Liverpool.

Visit us at Stand Number 34.

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Merry Christmas from Envirotect!

Envirotect would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your valued custom and loyalty throughout 2018.

Our offices will be closed from Friday 21st December until Wednesday 2nd January. Normal office hours resume on Tuesday 2nd January 2019.

We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

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Dental practice finds perfect match with bespoke door

Envirotect Limited designs and manufacture high specification bespoke lead lined doors for use within the healthcare industry, dental practices, veterinary and equine facilities. 

With an established client base each order is bespoke in terms of manufactured size, fixtures, fittings and colour.  All doors are available in a range of finishes and colours, allowing clients to brighten their interiors and enable areas to be zoned according to the colour of the doors. 

For a recent project Envirotect matched a door finish within a remodelled dental practice in Oxford.  The contractor had specified a modern door finish in American black walnut veneer throughout the practice.  This did not include a shielded door and the contractor approached Envirotect.  The specification stated that as the OPG room had a different use to the rest of the dental practice the door could have a slightly different appearance.  Operations manager Nigel Payne spent time researching the veneer finish and found a near perfect match to the walnut cross grain, with v groove finish that had been used for all of the other internal doors.  The single radiation shielded Code 3 (1.32mm L/E) walnut finished door was manufactured in Envirotect’s workshop and was finished off with a framed vision panel.

Envirotect’s door sets are durable and easy to wipe clean.  Its radiation and RF shielding products includes lead lined plasterboards/plywood, door sets, screens, observation windows, cabinets, lead glass, lead vinyl and RF cages with associated products including RF tests and RF door maintenance.

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Radiation shielding to new CT scanner room

Envirotect was recently approached by Builtec Developments Ltd to work alongside them with the refurbishment of Avondale Veterinary Centre in Warwick.  Envirotect provided radiation shielded lead plasterboard, lead single door set and an observation window in Code 5 Lead (2.24mm L/E) for the new CT scanner room.

Avondale veterinary centre provide the highest standard of veterinary health care for your pets.  The CT scanner room will provide in depth diagnostics for customers without the need for referral to a specialist.  

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When you have an excuse to eat cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Today M&O Building Contractors Ltd held their annual Macmillan coffee morning.  Envirotect would like to thank M&O for their kind invitation to the coffee morning once again.  There were lots of yummy cakes and some very tasty savoury bakes on offer – we could not resist bringing back a cake to the office for all to enjoy! 

Envirotect kindly donated a Dewalt 18v Combi Hammer Drill Kit and after seeing all of the fantastic raffle prizes that have been generously donated we are sure that this year’s coffee morning will be as successful as last years.

Envirotect M&O Macmillan Coffee Morning

Thank you message from Steve

As many of you know I have now retired from Envirotect and I would like to take a second to thank each and every one of your for helping to create such a satisfying and pleasant work environment.

As happy as I am to be moving on to the next chapter of my life, I cannot help but be a little sad that I will not be seeing you all on such a regular basis.  I’ve enjoyed (almost) every moment whilst working for Envirotect, from hilarious conversations and banter to the numerous staff parties and events.

But most of all I will miss working with such an efficient and competent team of individuals.  I am so proud of what we have accomplished over the years, and truly appreciate the support and guidance that was always available to me.

I received the below poem from a friend and I think it sums up my retirement plans quite well (I might have to work on the six pack!!!)

Throw out the alarm clock and put on your shoes,
Go walking or hiking, whatever you choose,
Tone up your six pack or pedal your bike,
Relax in the garden, just do what you like,
Take a break in Majorca, a month would be fine,
Swim sixty lengths you have plenty of time,
Take afternoon tea, watch a race or two,
Just enjoy your retirement, whatever you do.

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Steve Rumble to Retire from Envirotect Limited

It is with mixed emotions and sincere gratitude for his service that we are announcing the retirement of our MRI development manager Steve Rumble at the end of September. 

Steve joined Envirotect Limited in 2014 bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience having spent more than 19 years in the industry.  Steve has played a critical role in helping with the design and development of our RF Cages and associated products.  Since introducing RF shielding, Envirotect have put together an enthusiastic and dedicated team to work on MRI projects across the UK and Europe and this is all thanks to Steve’s hard work and commitment, passing his vast knowledge onto all involved.

Retirement is a huge event in anyone’s life which Steve’s work colleagues have been made fully aware of with his countdown of months, days, hours, minutes and seconds to his retirement! 

Steve plans to spend his retirement staying active with long walks offering fantastic photography opportunities, fishing, crochet, swimming, watching his beloved Formula 1 and spending quality time with loved ones.

Steve is a true inspiration for all of us and will be missed dearly on both a personal and professional level.  Envirotect would like to wish him the best of luck for the future.    

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Envirotect are CHAS accredited

To demonstrate continued commitment to improving Health & Safety, Envirotect Limited are pleased to announce that they have been successful in achieving the Contractors Health & Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS) Accreditation.

The aim of the scheme is to improve health and safety standards across the construction industry and to reduce some of the inevitable duplication that exists when completing tender and pre-qualification applications.

Being CHAS accredited means that Envirotect have achieved nationally recognised benchmarks of acceptable health and safety standards.

For more information about CHAS please visist www.chas.co.uk    

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Good luck for the new football season boys!

Envirotect are proud sponsors of Cranfield Colts Football Team and would like to wish them the best of luck for the new football season.   

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UKRCO, ACC Liverpool

Another successful exhibition at UKRCO.  UKRCO is an excellent opportunity for the Envirotect team to engage with delegates and discuss new projects directly.  

Envirotect Team; Howard Nutkins, contracts manager, Niven Smith, managing director & Steve Rumble, MRI development manager.  Picture courtesy of Rad Magazine and can be found printed in the July Issue.

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Medical Imaging Convention, ExCel, London

Our managing director, Niven Smith and MRI development manager, Steve Rumble have been exhibiting at The Medical Imaging Convention at the ExCel, London for the past few days. 

Pictured are Niven Smith, managing director of Envirotect and Mariam Zara of Metrasens.

Envirotect Medical Imaging Exhibition

Not long now...come and visit us at stand 8016

Envirotect are looking forward to exhibiting at UKRCO - Visit us at stand 30

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Servicing for a wider range of RF doors is now available

Envirotect Limited is now able to carry out annual inspections, servicing and repairs on manual ETS-Lindgren RF doors, in addition to its own products.

Finger and gasket type doors require regular professional cleaning and lubrication to ensure maximum service life and correct operation, says Envirotect.  Periodically the RF fingers or the gasket will require replacing to maintain the best shielding performance and the company can now replace these parts on a range of doors.

In addition to its copper RF shielded cage, Envirotect offers a range of independent testing services including RF attenuation, EMI surveys and magnetic steel shielding calculations.  If shielding is required, the company can supply and install to the magnet vendor’s specification. 

Also available is a range of radiation shielding products including lead-lined panelling, door sets, screens, observation windows, cabinets, lead glass and lead vinyl.

Editorial printed in the January issue of Rad Magazine.

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ECR 2018

Our managing director, Niven Smith and MRI development manager, Steve Rumble will be visiting The European Congress of Radiology (ECR) on Thursday 1st March 2018.  This is an exciting opportunity to discuss our increasing portfolio of RF cages for MRI with radiology professionals, radiographers and industry representatives. 

The Congress runs from February 28th– March 4th, 2018

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The Medical Imaging Convention 2018

Envirotect are exhibiting at The Medical Imaging Convention at the ExCel London on 6th & 7th June 2018

The Medical Imaging Convention the UK’s dedicated event that offers a comprehensive program on the latest innovations in imaging diagnosis and treatment, to UK-based medical imaging professionals and their senior management teams. The event provides the most up-to-date research, data and developments that can enable better patient outcomes, efficiency and cost-effectiveness in UK medical imaging.

Our team look forward to welcoming you at our stand and please feel free to pick up one of our exciting goody bags.

Visit us at Stand Number 8016

UKRCO 2018

Envirotect Limited are looking forward to exhibiting at this year’s UKRCO which will be held at ACC Liverpool on 2nd-4th July 2018.

UKRCO is an annual event and consists of a three-day multidisciplinary scientific congress and technical exhibition which run simultaneously in one location. The event is aimed at all those involved in the field of radiological science and radiation oncology.

Our team look forward to welcoming you at our stand and please feel free to pick up one of our exciting goody bags.

Visit us at Stand Number 30

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