Somerset County Council

Scientific Services


Providing scientific expertise, analysis and advice since 1935, Somerset Scientific Services provides an extensive range of high quality analytical testing services. We undertake chemical and physical laboratory testing as well as on-site monitoring, sampling and advice. Accredited by UKAS to Quality Standard ISO/IEC 17025 our dedicated quality team ensures the reliability of results we produce. Utilising the most modern equipment and techniques available we are able to offer a competitive, comprehensive service to our clients.

In addition, we provide environmental monitoring, workplace and personal exposure assessment and sampling that includes asbestos, landfill gas/leachate, potable/non potable water, local exhaust ventilation, indoor air quality, COSHH, display energy certificates, radon/radiation and acoustics.

We can undertake chemical, physical and some microbiological laboratory testing as well as on-site monitoring, sampling and advice. 

We do this for County and District Councils, public organisations, businesses and members of the public. Our scientific expertise also includes a Radiation Protection Adviser and competent persons in acoustics, asbestos and occupational hygiene.

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We provide laboratory testing, monitoring, sampling and advice in the following areas:

Asbestos Analysis and Surveying - We undertake asbestos surveys, inspections, air monitoring, analysis of suspect materials and sampling. Our service is used for site management of asbestos and also includes: site Demolition and Refurbishment Surveys and 4 Stage Clearance testing following removal of asbestos.
Environmental Monitoring - Our services include: landfill gas monitoring, outdoor air quality sampling,environmental water sampling, private water sampling, swimming pool testing, contaminated land sampling and advice on associated health and safety issues.
Noise and Vibration Assessment and Building Acoustics - Providing noise/vibration measurement and the preparation and appraisal of technical reports relating to development/mineral planning, health, marketing and building performance. Providing advice on the specification and verification of acoustic criteria. 
You can find out more on our Acoustic Services page.  

Radon and other Radiation Monitoring - We provide a comprehensive service to ensure compliance with HSE guidance for radon affected areas. This service includes the provision of risk assessments, monitoring, advice, reporting and an appointed Radiation Protection Advisor.
Water Analysis - Potable/Non-Potable/Environmental - Analysing drinking, environmental, industrial, recreational and waste waters for chemical and microbiological parameters. This service is provided to public private and private sectors to address health and safety concerns and to ensure compliance with regulation.
Workplace and Occupational Exposure Monitoring - A one-stop-shop for occupational hygiene work. Providing COSHH assessments, workplace hazardous substance monitoring, indoor air quality/sick building syndrome surveys, LEV testing and advice and Noise at Work Assessment.

Display Energy Certificates -We provide accredited Display Energy Certificate (DEC) assessments and renewals. 

Display Energy Certificates provide information of the actual energy used by a buildings occupier over a 12 month period.  Advisory Reports accompany the Energy Certificate and advise the occupier on methods to reduce their carbon impact.

Who can use it?
The service undertakes work on a fee paying basis for:

  • Environmental Health

  • County and District Councils

  • Businesses of all sizes

  • Members of the public 

  • Schools, Academies, Colleges and Universities

How do I use it?
Please contact us for further information on our services and advice on sampling. Quotations are available on request. Samples can be submitted in person or by post.If delivering in person please bring the sample to B Block Reception, County Hall, The Crescent, Taunton TA1 4DY.

Samples for chemical and microbiological analysis should be delivered to the laboratory at County Hall, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4DY. 

What is covered?
We offer a comprehensive scientific monitoring, analysis and advice service including:

  • Advice on when, where and how monitoring and sampling should be carried out;

  • Advice on storage and transit; 

  • Rapid response and results;

  • Results provided electronically or on paper by request.

How long does it take?
Timescales are dependent on the tests required. Please contact us for further information.

How much does it cost?
Please contact us for a quotation

Where is it?
Laboratory - Samples for chemical and microbiological analysis:
A Block, County Hall, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4DY. There is very limited parking at County Hall. Short stay parking is available on the Crescent and in the Crescent car park opposite B Block. Long stay car parks on Tangier.

When is it open?
The laboratories are open to receive samples 8:30am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 8:30am to 4:30pm Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday.

Laws and regulation
Information on legislation can be found on the following sites: Health and Safety Executive; Environment Agency.  Please see links under Information and Resources.

Quality standards
We are accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for testing and inspections (asbestos). UKAS inspect us every year.

We participate in external proficiency testing schemes appropriate to our range of services, including AQUACHECK, RICE and AIMS and we are supported by a dedicated analytical quality control section.

Links to our schedules of accreditation and certification can be found under Information and resources


Contact: Somerset Scientific Services
Address: Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4DY
Contact no: 0300 123 2224
Fax: 01823 356119
Customer Contact opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm, Sunday closed.
Somerset Scientific Services opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm, Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

Contact Asbestos Team
Address: Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4DY
Contact no 01823 355906 
Fax 01823 3556119 
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday closed.Sunday: Closed

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