Health & Safety Laboratory
HSL was originally set up to help the Health and Safety Executive - otherwise known as HSE - to minimise risks to people`s health and safety at work. Today, with over 30 years` experience, investment and growth under our belt, the scope of our work is unparalleled - and ever-widening. So, as well as continuing to support HSE, we now work with a wide range of other public and private-sector organisations, often conducting detailed, bespoke research and development work on their behalf.
What makes HSL special?
Our organisation brings together some of the most informed, level-headed thinkers in the country; from microbiologists and explosives experts to occupational psychologists and specialist photographers - over 100 with PhDs, and a similar number again with MScs. You won't find this kind of facility anywhere else - in Derbyshire, in Britain or throughout Europe.
It's that unique level of expertise and breadth of coverage which has earned us our international reputation as a centre of excellence for health and safety research and incident investigations..
Our Services Include:
- Specialist advice and consultancy.
- Incident investigation and root cause analysis.
- Environmental and biological monitoring.
- Assessing and controlling risks, including understanding of human factors.
- Occupational health and safety training (including bespoke courses on request).
- Setting standards and helping clients to put them into practice.
- Large scale testing utilising our often unique facilities.
- Access to specialist photographic, visual and media capabilities.
- The development and implementation of behaviour change and worker engagement programmes.
Our vision is to Enable a Better Working Britain
When you've got so many specialists, from such a diverse range of disciplines all under one roof, not to mention 550 acres of space to conduct a range of work, the possibilities are vast.
Our work ranges from helping to control the hazards posed by industrial plant, through to assisting in the management of the occupational health of workers. A key requirement running through all of this, is an understanding of human behaviour in workplace environments. The links below provide further information on each of these key themes.