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Surface testing service for rail client

Published 23rd March, 2021 by Neil Nixon

Surface testing service for rail client

SOCOTEC, provider of testing, inspection and compliance services, has successfully carried out its environmental swabbing service to test contaminated surfaces on behalf of a rail client.

The service - which consisted of sterile swabbing and the use of contact plates - was conducted to determine the level of cleanliness and microbiological contamination on surfaces across the client’s trains and a number of stations. Both of these assessment methods were used to identify levels of bacteria, fungi, yeasts, and moulds, as well as any traces of SARS–CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19.

The swabs were then analysed using ribonucleic acid (RNA) testing, while the contact plates were examined and resultant colony growth counted after a period of incubation. Following analysis of the samples, no traces of COVID-19 had been detected upon any of the tested surfaces, each of which also presented low levels of bacteria, fungi, yeasts, and moulds.

“We are delighted that SOCOTEC’s environmental swabbing service has received considerable uptake from clients since its initial launch in May 2020,” said Norman Sleeth, managing director, environment and safety, SOCOTEC UK. “This particular service saw teams at SOCOTEC’s Romford, Cirencester, Burton upon Trent, and East Kilbride sites contribute to the testing programme, all of whom worked closely together to successfully meet the client’s requirements.”

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