Certifications, Accreditations, Registrations and Memberships


               DNV ISO9001 ISO14001 OHSAS18001

Structural Soils holds current certification for all operations to ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007. These three standards for quality, environmental, and health and safety management are combined as an integrated management system.

Through regular audits and evaluations by Det Norske Veritas (DNV), both within the office and for site based activities, the ongoing conformance and effectiveness of the integrated management system is assessed. This ongoing continuous improvement process provides reassurance to our Customers that the service they are procuring is legally compliant and also implements best practice principles across all business activities.



               UKAS Testing



Structural Soils holds UKAS ISO17025:2005 accreditation for all four in-house geotechnical testing laboratories (Bristol, Castleford, Hemel Hempstead and now Tonbridge). UKAS accreditation, a formal, third party recognition of competence to perform specific tasks, ensures that clients can have confidence that the services procured have been assessed against internationally recognised standards to demonstrate competence, impartiality and performance capability.


Our accreditation is limited to those activities described on our UKAS schedule of accreditation found here.


Fera PHSI licence

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs & Welsh Assembly Government.

Fera PHSI licence.

Licence to import, move and keep prohibited soil for chemical and physical analysis.

We are licensed by DEFRA (Department for Environment, Fisheries and Rural Affairs) and the Welsh Assembly Government to import soils and rock from all over the world. We are one of only a few laboratories in the UK that have this licence.

The licence features strict protocols for storage, testing and disposal of samples.


  Investors in People

Structural Soils gained accreditation to the 'Investors in People' standard, in November 2009, as part of the RSK Group reassessment process. Investors in People is a flexible, tailored and easy-to-use people management standard, designed to help achieve individual business objectives by developing and harnessing the skills of the people employed, through managed change, engagement with the employees and leadership capabilities.


Structural Soils is registered with and assessed by Achilles UVDB and Verify and has been assessed as part of the RSK Group for the previous 7 years. A new stand-alone accreditation has been processed with our registration completed November 2014. Following extensive audits on both office and site based ground investigation activities in January 2015 and again in January 2016, the current UVBD Scores for the Structural Soils Management system are as follows.

Achilles is the world's leading provider of supplier management information. Its UVDB (Utilities Vendor Database) registration and pre-qualification system is used by all major UK utilities to source suppliers and contractors. Verify is an extension to UVDB and is used to further qualify suppliers through an assessment of their safety, health, environment and quality capabilities. Achilles promotes supply chain efficiencies, independent assessment and benchmarking, credibility in the marketplace and industry-specific assessments.



Structural Soils is registered with and approved by RISQS, the UK rail industry supplier qualification scheme, Supplier Number 053798. RISQS provides a single common registration, qualification and audit process for suppliers that is shared by the UK rail industry. Annual site and office based audits are undertaken, to ensure the ongoing effectiveness of the management of the stringent railway standards.                              www.risqs.org

                                                Achilles First Point Assessment (FPAL)

Structural Soils is registered with and approved by Achilles First Point Assessment (FPAL), following a successful preliminary application in November 2011, as part of the RSK Group.

The scores received were exceptional averaging 9.0 per category and a valuable suggested list of improvements have been taken onboard, to assist with increasing these scores even further in 2012. Achilles FPAL is the recognised oil and gas supply chain database for the UK and Netherlands, a division of Achilles Information Limited. To ensure pre-approved vendor assessment in high risk industries, FPAL is the key tool used by oil and gas purchasers to identify and select current and potential suppliers when awarding enquiries and contracts. This benchmark assessment ensures that all risk management processes have been fully investigated for high risk industries, building confidence in the health, safety and environmental systems in place.


Structural Soils is approved by Constructionline, (registration number 28520), the UK's register of pre-qualified local and national construction and construction-related contractors and consultants. Owned and endorsed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Constructionline gathers and assesses pre-qualification information to provide procurers with access to over 14,000 fully accredited suppliers free of charge and contractors and consultants with access to over 1,700 buyers.



Structural Soils were invited to apply for Exor/Tiva accreditation in 2009 in support of their application to become a member of the Balfour Beatty Services Supplier Accreditation Programme. The accreditation process was successful (Supplier reference 42911) and has been maintained over the last 2 years, following a detailed annual re-audit assessment process.


Structural Soils is a member of the British Drilling Association, a trade organisation which is committed to excellence in health and safety, high quality workmanship and technical standards. It promotes standards of efficiency, health and safety, training and education in the drilling industry and for its clients.

     SMAS Ltd

Structural Soils undertook initial assessment via Worksafe Contractor (SSIP member) in December 2010 for a Client driven enquiry which required the role of Principal Contractor to be assessed in detail, by an SSIP scheme member, for an upcoming tender opportunity. Membership has been sustained through annual audit and is widely used by those seeking to procure pre-approved Contractor/Principal Contractor services in the site investigation sector.

              Bovis  Homes Contractor Health and Safety Accreditation

Structural Soils undertook a successful accreditation audit with Bovis Homes in 2010 and was awarded Bovis Homes Contractor Health and Safety Accreditation for two years, achieving eligibility to work for Bovis Homes, as a supplier of site investigation services.

The Environment Agency

The Environment Agency hazardous waste producer and waste carrier licences are held by Structural Soils Ltd as an ongoing annual and tri-annual renewal.

  Greenlight Assessment via SSIP

The Greenlight Safety Assessment Scheme (GSAS) assessment was undertaken following a Client request to ensure Structural Soils could be appointed to the approved vendor list for site investigation services. Greenlight assessment has been approved by Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP). The assessment process complied with Appendix 4 of the core criteria stage 1 assessment under the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007.


As of late 2014 Structural Soils holds Bronze FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) Status. FORS was initially rolled out within the inner M25 circle as a Transport for London initiative to drive down the terrible accident record involving cyclists. Structural Soils has adopted the FORS bronze standard for all vehicles under our operation including all vehicles above the size of a car derived van.


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