Contamination Testing

lab_contampotsContamination testing is generally required as part of the planning approvals process when a site is being redeveloped, as part of the due diligence process during a land purchase, following a pollution incident, to characterise materials for waste disposal purposes or as part of a site condition or verification report.

We provide a full range of contamination testing suites accredited to UKAS and MCERTs for soils, waters and gases through our approved external laboratories.

This service can be on a factual results only basis or our experienced and professional geo-environmental engineers and scientists (including Specialist in Land Condition – SiLC) can provide advice and interpretation where necessary.

Typical contamination testing suites that might be required are:

  • Key Contamination Testing Suite (based on former ICRCL 59/83 Tables 3 and 4)
  • Asbestos – Presence and Identification, and Quantification analysis
  • Metals and Metalloids
  • Biological oxygen demand
  • Chemical oxygen demand
  • Phenols
  • Cyanides
  • Thiocyanates
  • Sulphates / Sulphides / Sulphur
  • Total organic carbon / Soil organic matter content
  • Mineral oils
  • Petroleum hydrocarbons: total, extractable, or speciated.
  • Polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH’s)
  • Semi volatile organic compounds (SVOC’s)
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOC’s)
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB’s)
  • Dioxin and Furan Analysis
  • NRA Leaching test
  • Calorific value
  • Nitrates, Nitrites
  • Pesticides
  • Waste Acceptance Criteria testing (WAC testing)
  • Land Gas analysis
  • Topsoil analysis
  • Water Quality
  • Major and Minor Ions

For further information or to discuss your site investigation contamination testing requirements please contact one of our Environmental Team.

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If you have any questions about our services or would like to discuss how we could help you, please get in touch using our contact form below. Please provide as much information as possible about the nature of your enquiry, particularly the purpose of the investigation, the site address and postcode.

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