What we do

Our work helps to ensure that our clients’ assets and processes are safe, responsible and sustainable.

Our clients range from local businesses to multinational companies. They generally manage large, high-value assets where mistakes could prove much more than just financially damaging – at risk could be worker safety, local communities and the environment.

Our professional services extend across the life cycle of assets that are of critical importance to our lives. We help our clients to build, operate and extend the life of ships, oil rigs, rail networks, power stations – with safety as the key. Through our business assurance services we help companies manage their systems and risks across a wide range of sectors from food safety to energy management.

We help our clients to ensure the quality construction and operation of critical infrastructure. We do this by surveying assets against internationally agreed rules and standards, some of which we have helped to develop. But our work involves much more than this. 

There is an increasing need for the provision of sophisticated risk management services in relation to technical, safety and commercial aspects of our clients’ assets – ships, oil rigs, industrial plant, railways – throughout the asset life cycle. Our risk management services support better decision-making by contributing to a greater understanding and control of risks and their impacts. 

The traditional ‘stamp of regulatory approval’ remains the dominant compliance model for these high-risk, asset-intensive industries. But we are going beyond basic compliance to ensure that our clients’ integrity strategies are focused on operational and safety-critical areas – such as blowout preventers in offshore drilling operations. 

Marine

As a marine classification society, we set safety and environmental standards for the design, construction and operation of ships. But we are not just about surveying ships; we are dedicated to supporting the development of new technologies and innovations that will play a vital role in the immediate and long-term future of shipping. For more information follow this link to the Marine section of our website.

Rail

Our Rail business is centred on providing assurance and expert advice for the rail sectors in three core areas: Asia; Europe; and the Middle East. Our clients range from some of the world’s largest rail administrations to niche component suppliers. For more information follow this link to the Rail section of our website.

Energy

We are an independent provider of risk management services to the energy sector. Our technical experts and risk engineers evaluate the integrity of plant and processes, and focus on delivering practical advice. We give stakeholders confidence that they are effectively addressing today’s economic, legislative and corporate responsibilities. For more information follow this link to the Energy section of our website.

Management systems (LRQA)

As an independent provider of business assurance our services include certification, validation, verification and training across a broad spectrum of standards and schemes. We are recognised by over 50 accreditation bodies and deliver our services to clients worldwide. For more information follow this link to the LRQA website.