NOTE: By submitting this form and registering with us, you are providing us with permission to store your personal data and the record of your registration. In addition, registration with the Medical Independent includes granting consent for the delivery of that additional professional content and targeted ads, and the cookies required to deliver same. View our Privacy Policy and Cookie Notice for further details.

You can opt out at anytime by visiting our cookie policy page. In line with the provisions of the GDPR, the provision of your personal data is a requirement necessary to enter into a contract. We must advise you at the point of collecting your personal data that it is a required field, and the consequences of not providing the personal data is that we cannot provide this service to you.

Don't have an account? Subscribe

Maintenance work required at State Lab following leaks

By David Lynch - 25th May 2021

The Office of Public Works (OPW) has agreed the “budget and methodology” to carry out maintenance work at the State Laboratory building following leaks after heavy rain earlier this year, the Medical Independent (MI) can report.
At the February meeting of the State Laboratory management board, minutes of which have been seen by MI following a Freedom of Information request, it was mentioned there was “ingress in a number of labs” following heavy rain.

“Four labs were affected by this water ingress, work was not required to be halted and no damage to equipment occurred,” a spokesperson for the State Laboratory told MI.

“The OPW has agreed budget and methodology to carry out maintenance work on the façade of the State Laboratory building.” The work was due to commence imminently.

“In the meantime, there will be additional surveillance of laboratories experiencing rainwater leaks during heavy rainfall out of hours and at weekends.”

At the November management board meeting, the installation of a tobacco analysis room and the commissioning of a smoking machine was discussed. However, the spokesperson said “there have been delays in commissioning [tobacco analysis] room and instrument as a result of restricted work practices and travel for engineers during the pandemic”.
The State Laboratory was designated by the Department of Health as the testing laboratory for Ireland for the purposes of carrying out testing on tobacco products, as set out in the European Union (Manufacture, Presentation and Sale of Tobacco and Related Products) Regulations 2016.

A tobacco analysis room provides the necessary controlled temperature and humidity environment required for the correct operation of a smoking machine, which is required to test the emissions produced by tobacco products.
“A smoking machine is used to smoke tobacco products in order to test the tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide content. Whilst no machine-smoking regimen can represent all human smoking behaviour, this machine smoking testing is useful for characterising cigarette emissions for design and regulatory purposes,” said the spokesperson.

Leave a Reply

Latest Issue
The Medical Independent 20th February
The Medical Independent 20th February 2024

You need to be logged in to access this content. Please login or sign up using the links below.

Most Read