Accreditation and Competence

Accreditation

Accreditation by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) means that evaluating organisations including testing laboratories and inspection bodies such as ourselves have been assessed against internationally recognised standards to demonstrate their competence, impartiality and performance capability.

We are accredited by UKAS for the following services:

Testing in compliance with ISO 17025, Health and Safety Executive guidance Asbestos: The analysts’ guide for sampling, analysis and clearance procedures (HSG 248), and documented in-house technical procedures:

•  Sampling of bulk materials for asbestos

•  The identification of asbestos in bulk materials

•  Fibre counting

•  Air sampling for fibre counting

•  4 stage clearance testing

Our schedule of accreditation for asbestos testing services can be viewed here :

Inspection in compliance with ISO 17020, Health and Safety Executive guidance Asbestos: The survey guide (HSG264, 2010) and documented in-house technical procedures:

•  Management surveying for asbestos in domestic, commercial and industrial premises

•  Refurbishment and demolition surveying for asbestos in domestic, commercial and industrial premises.

Our schedule of accreditation for asbestos inspection services can be viewed here :

Competence

Our staff are competent to conduct their work. We know this because we have a robust quality system based upon the requirements of the international standards ISO 17025 and ISO 17020.

Our technical staff are required to follow training and experience-gaining programmes before being allowed to conduct accredited work. This includes in-house and external sourced training where appropriate, and the requirement for our staff to attain the following British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) qualifications as appropriate to their role:

– Proficiency module qualifications,
– The occupational hygiene module S301 asbestos and other fibres
– The Certificate of Competence in asbestos and other fibres

Before being allowed to conduct accredited work our staff are rigorously checked that they can demonstrate competence through auditing.

Our staff are required to continue demonstrating their competence by being subject to internal auditing, participation with internal quality assurance schemes and participation in the external proficiency schemes of RICE and AIMS, as appropriate to their work.

Please contact our South Wales office if you require further information regarding our competence.