Contaminated Land, Water and Leachates Analysis

There are unacceptable risks to human health and the environment from historic land contamination which were addressed in the UK through the Environmental Protection Act 1990. br The Environment Agency (EA) and DEFRA provides further information on the legal framework and issues related to bringing contaminated land back into safe use.

At ELAB we can help provide data on both toxicity in soil and its effect on the environment. Our data reporting meets the needs of specialists including Site Investigators, Remediation Specialists, Geotechnical and Geo-environmental experts and Engineering Consultants.

Our range of testing services include:

Metals Analysis

We use ICP-MS for metals analysis, and can offer analysis of a large number of metals down to very low detection levels.

  •  Aluminium
  • Arsenic
  • Barium
  • Beryllium
  • Boron (Water Soluble)
  • Cadmium
  • Calcium
  • Chromium
  • Chromium (Hexavalent)
  • Cobalt
  • Copper
  • Iron
  •  Lead
  • Magnesium
  • Magnesium (available)
  • Magnesium (Water Soluble)
  • Manganese
  • Mercury
  • Molybdenum
  • Nickel
  • Phosphorus (available)
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium (available)
  •  Potassium
  • Selenium
  • Sodium
  • Vanadium
  • Zinc
  • Antimony
  • Gold
  • Lithium
  • Silver
  • Strontium
  • Thallium
  • Tin

Analysis of Organic Compounds

These are analysed using GC-MS or GC-FID. Regularly analysed are PAH's, PCB's, SVOC's, Volatile Compounds (by gcms headspace analysis), OrganoChlorine and Organonitrogen pesticides . Again detection levels are very low. We have occasionally analysed for explosives.

  •  Benzene, Ethyl Benzene and Xylene (BTEX)
  •  Pesticides & Herbicides
  •  Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  •  Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
  •  Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
  •  Semi-volatile Organic Compounds (SVOC)
  •  Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH including CWG)

Other Analytes

  •  Anions
  •  Cyanides
  •  Electrical Conductivity
  •  pH Values
  •  Sulphur Compounds
  •  Total Organic Carbon (TOC)

Our instrumentation is such that we can analyse for many hundreds of organic compounds. We are also able to undertake general scans to identify any unknowns present. This is done by searching through the NIST Library of about 180,000 compounds which are then reported by name and CAS number together with an approximation of the amount present. HPLC instrumentation is used for analysis of phenols, elemental sulphur and various herbicides.

Topsoil Analysis

Topsoil Analysis can also be obtained form ELAB based on the BS3882 standard. See our technical datasheet for further information.

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Client/site specific suites are also available to meet your requirements. Call 01424 718618 or 0845 900 7004 to discuss a bespoke package.