SOCOTEC has a wealth of experience providing testing, inspection and compliance services for those working in the healthcare sector including Compliance Managers, Estates & Property Managers, Project Managers, Health and Safety Managers, Designers, Capital Planning, Maintenance & Engineering Managers, Duty Holders and Responsible Persons.

Healthcare Services

Our technical expertise allows us to support you on a wide range of compliance services that could affect your healthcare estate including:

  • Water hygiene and consultancy
  • Asbestos management and consultancy
  • Water treatment
  • Occupational hygiene

Foundation Trusts

In order to run such a huge operation, the NHS spends around the same proportion of its total budget on buildings, equipment, training, catering and cleaning, as it does on drugs and supplies. As a result, NHS Trusts must meet a number of environmental, health and safety standards as part of their day to day responsibilities. This protects the welfare of their employees, patients and the public.


120,000 hospital doctors, 400,000 nurses and 25,000 ambulance staff constitute over 1.7 million people employed by the NHS (the world’s fifth largest employer - behind the US Department of Defense, Chinese People’s Liberation Army, Wal-Mart and McDonalds (Forbes, 2015)).

In order to deliver their care, hospitals need to ensure they meet a number of environmental, health and safety standards for the welfare of their employees, patients and the public.

How We Can Help

SOCOTEC has a wide range of services to support hospitals in complying with both general and industry specific health and safety obligations. For example, we offer expertise in:

Health and safety and welfare, including:

  • 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

Specialist chemistry testing for suites of elements in:

  • Starting materials
  • Intermediates and final product
  • Containers (syringes, intravenous and dialysis solutions)
  • Fire risk management

Water Safety, Treatment and Hygiene

Including: Cooling Towers, Domestic Water Systems, Boreholes, Sterile Services including Reverse Osmosis, Hydrotherapy Pools, Closed Systems:

  • Provision of Water Hygiene/Legionella Policy Documents and Water Safety Plans
  • Compliance audits, Pseudomonas aeruginosa risk assessments in augmented care, Legionella risk assessments, training and on-going monitoring programmes (all to ACoP L8, HSG 274 and HTM 04-01)
  • Chemical and microbiological, including Legionella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, sampling and analysis
  • Cleaning, disinfection and remedial works including TMV servicing
  • Supply of equipment including chlorine dioxide generators, ozone generators, UV treatment, sidestream filtration, point of use Legionella/Pseudomonas filters, water softeners, RO plant

Asbestos Identification and Management


  • Surveys and assessments (with 24/7 emergency call out)
  • Policy advice and training
  • Hazardous waste separation, disposal and reuse



  • Foundation and materials testing
  • Geotechnical site investigation
  • Geotechnics and engineering geology design

For more information on how we can help your healthcare project, please contact us.