Structural Soils holds current certification for all operations to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO45001:2018. These three standards for quality, environmental, and health and safety management are combined as an integrated management system.
Det Norske Veritas (DNV) assesses ongoing conformance and effectiveness of this integrated management system through regular audits and evaluations of both office- and site-based activities. This continuous improvement process provides reassurance to our customers that the services they are procuring are legally compliant and implement best practice principles across all business activities.
Structural Soils holds UKAS ISO 17025:2017 accreditation for its four in-house geotechnical testing laboratories in Bristol, Castleford, Hemel Hempstead and Tonbridge. UKAS accreditation, a formal, third-party recognition of competence to perform specific tasks, reassures our clients that the services they have procured have been assessed against internationally recognised standards to demonstrate competence, impartiality and performance capability.
Structural Soils is registered with and assessed by Achilles UVDB and Verify. Previously assessed as part of RSK, we have had a stand-alone accreditation since November 2014. Following extensive audits on both office- and site-based ground investigation activities, the current UVBD scores for Structural Soils’ management system are as follows.
Achilles is the world's leading provider of supplier management information. All major UK utilities use Achilles’ Utilities Vendor Database (UVDB) registration and prequalification system to source suppliers and contractors. Verify is an extension to UVDB and is used to qualify suppliers further by assessing their safety, health, environment and quality capabilities. Achilles promotes supply chain efficiencies, independent assessment and benchmarking, credibility in the marketplace and industry-specific assessments.
The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists (AGS) is a non-profit-making trade association established to improve the profile and quality of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering. The membership comprises UK organisations and individuals having a common interest in the business of ground investigation, geotechnics, geoenvironmental engineering, engineering geology, geochemistry, hydrogeology and other related disciplines.
Structural Soils has multiple AGS committee representatives across data management and laboratory specialisms.
Structural Soils is a trade member of the British Drilling Association (BDA). The BDA is a trade organisation committed to excellence in health and safety, high-quality workmanship and technical standards in land drilling. It promotes standards of efficiency, health and safety, training and education in the drilling industry and for its clients.
Structural Soils is registered with Constructionline (registration number 28520), the UK's register of prequalified local and national construction and construction-related contractors and consultants and a member of Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP). Owned and endorsed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Constructionline gathers and assesses prequalification information to provide procurers with access to over 14,000 fully accredited suppliers free of charge and contractors and consultants with access to over 1700 buyers.
Structural Soils holds an Environment Agency waste carrier licence, on a tri-annual renewal basis, to ensure that it can remove waste on sites to the site compound or, for smaller sites, to the nearest base office for disposal.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Welsh Assembly Government license Structural Soils to import soils and rock from all over the world. We are one of only a few laboratories in the UK that has this licence, which allows us to import, move and keep prohibited soil for chemical and physical analysis. Our sister company Envirolab is also licensed, so we can offer a geotechnical and geoenvironmental testing services to our international clients. The licence features strict protocols for storing, testing and disposing of samples.
Since 2014, Structural Soils has held bronze Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) status, for all fleet vehicles more than 2 t, including its extensive range of non-car-derived vans. All of our four-wheel-drive and towing operations are included in the accreditation, across all four operating bases.
Structural Soils gained accreditation to the Investors in People standard in November 2009 as part of RSK’s 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 qualified to B2 Audit category with Achilles’ RISQS, the UK rail industry’s supplier qualification scheme (supplier number 1727), we have currently achieved five-star status. RISQS provides a single common registration, qualification and audit process for suppliers shared by the UK rail industry. Annual site- and office-based audits are undertaken to ensure the ongoing effective management of stringent railway standards.
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Structural Soils undertook an initial assessment via Worksafe Contractor (SSIP member) in December 2010 for a client-driven enquiry that required an SSIP scheme member to assess a principal contractor role in detail for an upcoming tender opportunity.
Membership has been sustained through annual audits since 2010 and is widely used by those seeking to procure pre-approved contractor/principal contractor services in the ground investigation sector. Certificate number 55418