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Business Assurance

HSL is committed to providing a quality service to all our customers taking due regard of environmental issues and a safe and healthy working environment for all our staff. HSL strives to meet customers' requirements by supplying services that are undertaken to the highest professional standards, represent value for money and are delivered on time.

In addition to audits by various external bodies, HSL has an internal audit programme, carried out on a six-monthly basis by qualified internal auditors, covering the Quality, Health & Safety and Environmental management systems.


Quality Management

HSL operates under a quality management system that is certified by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) as complying with the ISO 9001:2015 standard. It covers all of our scientific activities and project management, from planning through to delivery, reporting and post-project evaluation.

In addition, a number of our tests are UKAS accredited to the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005.

HSL's AIMS Proficiency Testing scheme is UKAS accredited to ISO/IEC 17043:2010, allowing participating laboratories to demonstrate to their customers a complete commitment to quality.

Quality Policy Statement

ISO 9001:2015 certificate


Health and Safety

HSL aims to set and maintain exemplary standards of health and safety performance so as to ensure the wellbeing of staff and others who may work at or visit our premises. We recognise the importance of organisational culture in this and - in common with many other organisations - use the HSL Safety Climate Tool as part of a process of continuous improvement. Our comprehensive health and safety management system is certified by LRQA to OHSAS 18001:2007.

Health and Safety Policy Statement (for all of HSE, including HSL)

OHSAS 18001:2007 certificate



We fully accept the need to protect the environment, and make environmental considerations an integral part of our business activities. Our environmental management system covers all of HSL's activities and follows the principles of ISO 14001.

Environmental Policy Statement


Project Management

HSL has an established track record of successful project management and are committed to delivering projects to the highest standards of safety and quality as well as to time and cost. We have a comprehensive project management system in place, aligned to the Association for Project Management standard. Our Programme Management Unit supports project teams and leads a programme of continuous improvement.

We have gained APM Corporate Accreditation for our Project Management Professional Development Programme, demonstrating our commitment to the highest standards of project management professionalism. The current certificate is valid until May 2020.

APM Corporate Accreditation certificate


Quality Assurance Proficiency Schemes

HSL maintains a consistently high performance in a range of national and international quality assurance schemes and European-wide quality initiatives.

HSL also organises and manages a number of proficiency testing schemes in occupational and environmental areas.


HSL Ethical Statement

High quality science is at the core of HSL's business and we believe that the best science must be ethically sound. Therefore, to ensure our outputs, services and advice are trusted and dependable, HSL has taken steps to operate to the highest possible ethical standards of behaviour and conduct throughout all facets of the work we do whilst meeting all legal requirements.

HSLs activities are guided by the Civil Service Code and the principles within the Universal Ethical Code for Scientists. HSL abides by the UK Research Integrity Office Code of Practice and the International Code of Ethics for Occupational Health Professionals and, where it is appropriate for its research, obtain ethical review from a recognised research ethics committee. Our research is subject to rigorous audit and review allowing adaptation to the needs and demands of our customers whilst maintaining our scientific reputation.

Planning Notices

The Health & Safety Executive is applying to High Peak Borough Council in relation to hazardous substance consent for the temporary storage and use of a hazardous substance: 2.5 tonnes of Liquid Hydrogen at the Health and Safety Executives Laboratory, Harpur Hill Business Park, Harpur Hill, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 9JN:

The hazardous substance authority (from which relevant information can be obtained), will decide whether to grant consent and if to grant, will decide on what conditions to grant.

Members of the public may inspect a copy of the application at the Health and Safety Executives Laboratory, Harpur Hill Business Park, Harpur Hill, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 9JN, during reasonable hours until the 25th January 2019.

Anyone wishing to make representation about this application should write to High Peak Borough Council - Buxton Town Hall - Local Government in Buxton, SK17 6EL by the 1st January 2019

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