Public Sector

The Public Sector comprises all enterprises and activities owned and funded by national, regional and local government. This includes: local authorities, the NHS, the civil service, the police force and central Government.

According to the Office of National Statistics, the Public Sector employed over 6 million people in Q3 2009. And as with any business, each must meet its statutory and voluntary regulatory obligations regarding the health, safety and welfare of its employees and customers.

How We Can Help

SOCOTEC has a wide range of environmental, health, safety and welfare services to support organisations in complying with the regulations. For example, we offer expertise in:

Health, Safety and Welfare


  • Compliance audits and site audit programmes
  • Advice on the development of policy and risk management systems
  • Provision of a Competent Person to ensure you have the necessary skills, when you need them
  • Training
  • Occupational hygiene
  • Food safety
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Sample collection and UKAS accredited analysis for pre-employment screening, as well as random and post-incident testing
  • Policy development and advice

Environmental Safety and Infrastructure


  • Fire safety and arson investigation
  • Water safety and hygiene for showers and drinking water
  • Compliance audits, risk assessments, training and on-going monitoring programmes
  • Chemical and microbiological, including Legionaella sampling and analysis
  • Cleaning, chlorination and remedial works
  • Asbestos identification and management
  • Surveys and assessments (with 24/7 emergency call out)
  • Policy advice and training
  • Hazardous waste separation, disposal and reuse
  • Ground investigation, geotechnical and environmental testing and monitoring
  • Geophysical, hydrographic, topographic land surveys
  • Foundation testing
  • Geotechnical and environmental advice
  • Environment due diligence
  • Contaminated land assessment, remediation and regeneration
  • Waste management and landfill expertise
  • Industrial effluent monitoring, analysis and advice
  • Environmental chemistry expertise
  • Stack emissions testing
  • Dust/air quality monitoring and testing
  • Materials testing
  • Road pavement testing
  • Concrete testing
  • Aggregate testing
  • In-situ lime and cement testing
  • Structural investigations
  • Material compliance testing for chemical and physical properties
  • Proof loading for staging, crash barriers, crowd crush barriers
  • Pressure testing of fire extinguishers and burst testing of pipes
  • Lubricant and fuel analysis