Before starting a construction project, the contractor must classify their waste leaving site, soil testing will identify contamination issues or to classify waste for disposal. If soil contamination is not identified before starting construction, there can be major repercussions from environmental authorities and even health problems resulting from contact with contaminants during construction. Conducting soil testing can also save you money in the waste disposal process as proper classification will ensure that you don’t pay more than you need to when you send soil waste to landfill.
Our sampling will involve testing the soil for inorganic heavy metal contaminants (e.g. lead, cadmium, mercury etc.) and organic chemicals such as TPHs, found in crude oil, and PAHs, released from burning fossil fuels. Heavy metals at high concentrations can be highly damaging to the environment and human health, particularly metals like lead, and organic chemicals remain present in the environment for so long that they will continue to be an issue if they are not identified and taken care of. The pH of the soil is also measured. We are also able to test for the presence of Asbestos and the percentage of Asbestos in the soil (known as quantification testing) this is important as anything over 0.1% is deemed Hazardous.
As standard it will take 7 days to get your results however we are also able to turnaround your results in a shorter period if you need them quicker. For soil waste disposal we can also conduct a WAC test for you but please note that a standard testing must be carried out before a WAC test, this is because a WAC test alone does not provide the receiving facility with enough information to determine best course of action for the material.
We can arrange for one of our samplers to attend site often on the same day, if not next day to take the samples and send these to the lab for the analysis.
Once we have the results back from the lab we will analyse these in house to look for the best possible solution for the material, we will send a copy to you, and also to the possible receiving sites for final confirmation, and we will then subsequently provide you with a quote for the material