A consistent approach is integral for sampling, sample handling, sample preservation, laboratory analysis, and storage requirements of environmental samples. Sample preparation and sampling are the first steps to accurate and meaningful results and ensuring regulatory compliance.
Most soil, sediment, and water testing for regulatory compliance require the use of designated sampling and preparation techniques. Element can guide you on the procedures for sample handling and storage, including the type of container, sample volume requirements, preservation as well as the storage requirements, and holding time for all regulated analyses.
For field-filtered (0.45 µm) and field preserved water for “dissolved metals,” Element’s experts can assist with drying and grinding of soil samples as well as special preparation ready for testing. Our experts can help with:
- Drying and grinding
- Special preparation
- ICP metal digest
- TCLP leachate preparation
- SWEAP leachate preparation
Our state-of-the-art laboratories ensure soil samples do not receive any cross-contamination. We air-dry samples and crush and sieve the soil in preparation for testing.
The Element advantage
Element is the world-leading provider of environmental testing services to private businesses, regulatory bodies, and environmental consultants. Our global laboratories are accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO/IEC 17020, and we ensure tests are right first time.
For more information on our soil sampling and testing methodologies, please contact our experts today.
Physical Properties of Soil Testing
Element’s environmental testing experts provide testing of soil texture and structure as well as other physical properties of soil to help you make effective land-use decisions.
Inorganics Testing and Analysis in Soil
Element’s chemists deliver professional testing and analysis for inorganic compounds in soil, including asbestos, micro and macronutrients, salinity and soil pH.
Soil Organics Testing and Analysis
Element’s experts deliver specialized testing and analysis for organic compounds in soil, including alcohols, hydrocarbons, pesticides, and VOC.
Microbiology and Toxicity Testing
Element’s experts keep abreast of the latest analytical methods, providing a vast array of tests that determine the microbiology and toxicity levels in soils and liquids according to customers’ specifications and government regulations.