Materials Testing Service

Our UKAS accredited laboratory provides a wide range of services to textile and clothing industries, upholstery suppliers and manufacturers, local authorities, plastic film manufacturers and Trading Standards departments. Find out more about West Yorkshire Materials Testing Service.

We focus on quality, safety and standards and we aim to deliver materials testing services which meet our clients’ needs, are efficient and responsive, and provide excellent value for money.

Our main areas of activity include testing in line with furniture and furnishings (fire safety) regulations, the nightwear (safety) regulations, toy safety regulations and protective clothing safety standards. Our qualified and experienced team carries out testing and advisory services within the following broad areas:

  • Flammability testing - UKAS accredited laboratory for extensive flammability testing on a variety of goods and materials
  • Textiles testing - We offer a range of physical, colour fastness, chemical and fibre content tests and analysis on many types of textile fabrics
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Testing - Tests on protective clothing and gloves against heat/flame and mechanical risks
  • PPE Certification EC type examination certificates in accordance with the European Directive 89/686/EEC
  • Plastics testing - Physical tests on plastic film products in the form of contract monitoring of refuse sacks and performance evaluation of carrier bags
  • Consumer complaints – Investigations on consumer complaints undertaken either on behalf of Trading Standards officers or directly with the consumer
  • Training courses - Designed to enable Trading Standards officers to recognize the types of products which are likely to be misdescribed