1st Line Defence is a private company delivering solutions that assess and manage the risk of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO). If investigations indicate escalation is needed, our end-to-end capability spans Mitigation, Detection, Clearance, Consulting and Emergency Response.

We employ a team of 45+ specialist UXO field engineers, supported by 30 researchers, historians, analysts and support staff. With headquarters in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, the company operates across the UK and also undertakes projects overseas.

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1st Line Defence was founded in 2011 by MD Brett Kinsman, a seasoned ex-military UXO professional. His ethical stance and rigorous impartiality has seen the company grow rapidly to become the foremost provider of UXO services in the UK.

We are dedicated to advancing and improving our capabilities by investing in new equipment and new plant, technologies and systems, providing our clients with the most cost effective solutions to their UXO threat.

Professional and highly competent UXO specialists are integral to the success of our company and the UXO services we provide. Supported by a large and dedicated team at our offices in Hertfordshire, our engineers have provided their expertise to safely mitigate UXO risk at over 2,500 projects across the UK. We are very proud and pleased that our friendly, open and ethical approach helps us to ensure that the majority of our work continues to come from repeat business and recommendations.

Whatever your knowledge of UXO risk, and whatever the size or scope of your project, 1st Line Defence can be entrusted to offer expert help and guidance, working closely with you to ensure that any potential UXO risk is correctly and thoroughly assessed and providing the expertise and support to ensure that the risk is mitigated.

1st Line Defence Business Process Management Approach.

Our Integrated Management System (IMS) underpins the activities of the company and governs how it behaves in the marketplace and in the delivery of quality services for our own staff and those of the clients. A Process Risk Management approach is in place, its activities is supported and fronted by our Risk Management Team who produce, develop and enhance our various policies, procedures, and documents for use in our sales, operations, research and finance departments which supports our service delivery to the clients satisfaction. It also illustrates our own staff participation in the creation of these documents.
Examples of some of our policies and procedures undertaken by our Risk Management Team is evidenced below;

  • The Management of Risk
  • Planning and Accountability in Health and Safety
  • Employee Participation
  • Monitoring, Measuring and Improvement
  • Training and Competencies
  • Environmental Aspects and Impacts
  • Data Protection
  • Employment Procedure, Equal Opportunities and Code of Conduct
  • Business Continuity

Accreditations and Memberships

British Safety Council

One of the world’s leading Health and Safety organizations and a government-regulated awarding body.

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Construction Line

The UK’s largest certified pre-qualification database

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Contractor Health & Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS)

The market leader for health and safety pre-qualification in the UK

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ISO 9001

The internationally recognised standard for an organisation’s internal Quality Management

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ISO 14001

An internationally accepted standard that outlines how to put an effective environmental management system in place

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OHSAS 18001

The international Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard

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Health & safety accreditation scheme for contractors that ensures clients that health & safety policies and procedures are in place and they operate in a safe way.

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Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)

A registered charity established to save lives and reduce injuries

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Armed Forces Covenant

A covenant is a written and publicised voluntary pledge from businesses and charitable organisations who wish to demonstrate their concrete support for the armed forces community.

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Achilles Building Confidence

Supplier management community for the UK construction industry

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SSIP is an umbrella scheme designed to actively reduce H&S costs and bureaucracy in the supply chain

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Award Winning Service

1st Line Defence are proud to work in and support our local area, and were pleased to be recognised recently for our excellent levels of growth, sustainable financial plans, commitment to our staff and investment in new technology. In June we won three awards at Inspiring Hertfordshire 2018 organised by the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce:

  • Innovation Through Technology
  • Business of the Year – East Herts
  • Business of the Year (Small to Medium)

“I have always found 1st Line to be highly flexible and accommodating to project changes. Their site and office teams are punctual and professional and have given me no reason to look for an alternative supplier.“

Senior Engineering Project Manager, Structural Soils Ltd

Need some advice? Looking for a UXO expert?

Contact us if you need more information or have questions or queries. We are always happy to assist or advise where we can.

Call: 01992 245020 or Email: info@1stlinedefence.co.uk