Five things to think about when redecorating:


Redecorating your home can be an exciting process – but whether you’re freshening up the walls with a coat of paint, or you’re undertaking a large-scale renovation, there are a number of health hazards to consider.


Here are five things you should think about before undertaking any DIY projects in your home:




Asbestos is a harmful substance that is often used to insulate homes. While it’s harmless if left alone, any disturbances to the substance can cause serious health problems. If you’re planning on making any changes to your home – for example, knocking down or drilling into walls – then ensuring no asbestos is present is the first step! We offer on-site asbestos monitoring, as well as providing self-test kits so you can safely test your home before making any changes.

Lead in paint


A number of houses built before 1992 contain lead-based paint. Like asbestos, if left untouched, this is unlikely to cause any issues. If damaged or disturbed, however, it can release harmful dust. If exposed to too high a level of this, people can experience unpleasant symptoms such as headaches, insomnia and stomach aches. Our self-test kits enable you to test for the presence of lead in paint safely!


Arsenic in paint


If you live in Victorian home, there is a chance some wallpapers contain arsenic. In a similar way to lead in paint, arsenic can produce harmful dust if disturbed. If you’re concerned about arsenic in paint, it’s always safest to test before beginning any work.


This bacteria tends to live in water systems – so in the right conditions, even your shower head can be home to legionella, which could cause legionnaires disease. Regularly disinfecting shower heads and running taps for a few minutes after they have not been used for a while can help reduce risks, but it can also be found in places like gardening soils, air conditioners and humidifiers. If you’re worried about the presence of legionella, our self-test kits are safe, quick and easy to use!

Domestic heating water testing

If you’ve noticed corrosion on pipes and radiators, before you decide to replace them, it’s a good idea to find out what might be causing it in the first place. Factors such as the pH and the chemical makeup of water, among other things, can lead to corrosion. Our domestic heating water self-test kit can help you get to the root of the problem and help avoid future damage to pipes and radiators.



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Why you should purchase a self-test legionella kit.

Here at Enviorchem, we have recently launched a range of self-test kits to help keep you safe and make it easier for you to test for harmful substances in your home or workplace. Our wide range covers a multitude of various substances, including Legionella, and comes with all the necessary equipment and safety measures needed, so it’s super quick and easy to test for it yourself.

When it comes to the water we use everyday, it’s important to ensure that it’s safe enough to be used and consumed and to make sure it poses the least risk of immediate or long-term harm.

Legionella is a bacteria which, if left in favourable conditions, can cause Legionnaire’s disease. The bacteria can be found in areas like cooling towers, spa pools and showers, among other places. It can be hard to know when water isn’t quite right without organising proper testing. Our self-test kits allow you to take a sample of the water to send to us for testing.

In our kits you will find specialist water sample bottles, a sample submission form, and easy ­to-follow detailed instructions of how to take the sample yourself. They’re quick, safe and easy ­to-use.

If you’re concerned about water quality or the presence of legionella, you can order a self-test kit from the Envirochem website today. And, our expert team is always on hand if you need more information or would prefer for someone to attend a site to take samples for you.

Below are the links to purchase any of our self test kits or if you prefer to visit our website –



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Why you should purchase a self-test asbestos kit.

Here at Envirochem we’ve recently introduced our very own range of self-test kits for a range of different substances such as Asbestos, Lead in Paint, Legionella and more.

We always want your safety to be a priority and to make sure the process of checking for harmful substances is as straight forward as possible. Whether it’s at work or in your home, we understand that it’s not always easy to know where to start if you’re worried about asbestos. Our self-test kits are easy to use, come with all the necessary protective equipment and instructions and can be returned back to us for analysis. If needed, we can let you know feedback and results in just four hours!

Everyone knows that the presence of asbestos is definitely something you don’t want lurking around your home or workplace. With the release of our new self-test kits it’s never been easier to take a sample of an area you think may have asbestos and get it tested by us so you can get on with your day-to-day life.

Our self-sampling kit will enable you to take a sample, safely, from a material you suspect contains asbestos. The substance can be found in a number of materials, and it is commonplace in buildings built prior to 1980. It can be found in anything from corrugated cement and internal cladding panels to window sills, walls and boards. It is always safest to check whether asbestos is present before making any changes to a building.

If you’re considering renovating your home or workspace, make sure you order one of our self-test kits today to ensure the process is as safe as possible. Alternatively, our expert team is always on hand to attend a site and take samples for you. For more information, get in touch with one of our experts today.

Order any of our full range of self-test kits here:


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Introducing our new self-sample asbestos testing kits!

Envirochem are please to introduce our new safe, cost-effective self-sample asbestos testing kits.

Each kit comes with all the personal protective equipment (PPE) you will need to safely take samples of suspect asbestos containing material from your property. The Kits have a set of easy to follow instructions, and return packaging. The samples will then be analysed in our own in-house UKAS accredited 17025 Laboratory. Once the samples are received back to the lab, we can get the report issued to you within 4 hours if you request.

Please see below to purchase them and for all the details of the self sampling kit

What can I expect to get in the kit?

  • Disposable FFP3 flat fold face mask, coveralls and gloves
  • Cleaning wipes to ensure sample tools are kept clean
  • Labelled grip lock Polythene sample bags
  • Sample submission form
  • Detailed and easy-to-follow instructions


What samples can I take?

The self sampling kit enables you to safely take a sample(s) from a material you suspect may be containing asbestos, materials include;

  • Corrugated cement
  • Walls and boards
  • External cladding panels
  • Soffit, fascia and rainwater goods
  • Window sills
  • Textured coatings
  • Many more… all explained in the kit.

For more information and full details of places asbestos could be, please see the website below; asbestos/building.htm


Once the samples are received, they are analysed in our own in-house UKAS accredited 17025 Laboratory. With results available four hours from being received if requested.


Need any more advice

Our in-house laboratory staff is always on hand to help answer any questions you may have either by phone or email;


If you’d like to know more about our kits or how to order one give us a call on 01329 287777 or send us an email at Alternatively you can fill out the form below.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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We recommend dropping the samples back to us or sending the samples to us via courier.


Remember remember the 5th of November… and don’t throw these items in your bonfire!

Remember remember the 5th of November… and don’t throw these items in your bonfire!

Backyard bonfires are a great way to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night with your friends and family but, as with burning anything, it can come with certain risks.

We’ve put together the top 5 things you should definitely avoid burning at all costs which you may not have thought about before. Keep your family safe and don’t burn:

1.Anything plastic

Anything plastic is a big no-no. When burned, plastic items release toxic chemical fumes into the air that are damaging for both you and the environment such as dioxins (chemically-related compounds that are persistent environmental pollutants), furans (colourless, flammable, highly volatile liquid with a boiling point close to room temperature) and styrene gas (a colourless

oily liquid that evaporates easily and has a sweet smell, although high concentrations have a less pleasant odour).

  1. Accelerants

We know it can be quite frustrating if you have gathered all of your friends and family around to relax and enjoy being in the outdoors with the bonfire – but it’s not quite as roaring as you’d hoped. The temptation to ‘get the fire going’ and apply an accelerant can be strong, but don’t! Flammable liquids are unpredictable and cause explosions. Try adding small amounts of dry kindling instead.

  1. Wooden Pallets

You may think that anything wooden is perfect to throw on a bonfire – but you’d be wrong unfortunately. Some wooden pallets are treated with the chemical methyl bromide (a colourless gas at room temperature with a sweetish odour at high concentrations. Human exposure to high concentrations of methyl bromide can cause central nervous system and respiratory system failures and can harm the lungs, eyes, and skin). Unless you know for sure it hasn’t been treated with chemicals it’s best to use something else!

  1. Painted Wood

We talk a lot about the dangers of lead in paint and this is no exception. When any painted wood is burned it will release toxic fumes that can be both damaging to you and the environment. Lead in paint can occur, in particular, when the wood is old which can be incredibly toxic to all in the surrounding area.

  1. Magazines

Burning everyday items like junk mail, magazines and wrapping paper might seem like a good idea as a way to get rid of them but ink printed on the paper can release toxic fumes into the atmosphere and affect those standing too close. Best to avoid those items and recycle them instead.



If you are concerned about any other items you’re thinking of burning on your bonfire then get in

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Meet one of our Asbestos Team


Introducing Emily Nixon (always with a new hair colour!) who is one of our female scientists here in the lab at Envirochem. She has a passion for drawing and painting and loves spending quality time with her friends while trying to go and see as many live bands as she possibly can.


Emily graduated from the University of Cumbria in 2017 after studying Forensic and Investigative Science. Like most fresh-faced uni grad’s, she applied for a variety of graduate jobs after leaving the North but found she was the ideal candidate for a role advertised at Envirochem that piqued her interest – and she must be having a good time as she’s been there ever since!


Her job role at Envirochem is an Asbestos Bulk Analyst which involves spending the majority of her working day analysing a variety of different samples of asbestos, identifying what elements of asbestos have been found, or not found within the sample, and understanding and demonstrating the implications this may have for the client who brought in the sample.


She said: “Working at Envirochem is great. I really love the people I work with, and the variety of work keeps the job so interesting”.


Emily makes sure every sample she looks at is properly identified and tested to make sure there are no health and safety issues surrounding the items… even if they might be slightly unusual!


She mentioned: “We recently had a gas mask that was used in the second world war brought in for testing which was definitely the most unusual sample I’ve ever looked at.


“The mask ended up testing positive for chrysotile (white asbestos that is the most commonly encountered form of asbestos, accounting for approximately 95% of the asbestos found), which many gas masks from that era have also turned up with the same result.”


It’s still quite unusual for female scientists to be thought of in relation to asbestos testing and analysis, which Emily feels very strongly about.


She said: “I could probably write an entire essay on that subject.


“I think there’s a general movement at the moment that is pushing forward the acknowledgement and the idea of women in science which is really exciting.


“I’m part of the generation where they began to push girls to pursue careers in science so it’s great to see more and more women have various roles in science based jobs.


“Saying this, there is still a long way to go before we’re in a time where men and women in science are both celebrated equally.”


Emily’s success story is hope for the future that women in STEM can make it in larger corporations such as this one and, not only that, really enjoy the work they do and have a fun time doing it.


If you’d like to get in contact with the Asbestos Testing team then contact: 01329 287 777 or

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Five reasons to choose Envirochem

Five reasons to choose Envirochem


Our team at Envirochem work with environmental consultants, corporate and individual clients throughout the UK, and strive to maintain a fast turn around on all projects. Our head office is in Fareham, Hampshire, between the major south coast cities of Portsmouth and Southampton.


Here are five reasons that we believe make us stand out from our competitors


1) Our broad range of services


We are a one stop shop for our clients; offering the wide range of services that we do is a rarity in our industry. We have a variety of different services including asbestos testing, soil analysis and testing, WAC testing, noise and dust monitoring, legionella and water testing, air quality surveys and training courses. From testing samples that have been sent into the lab to going out and testing on large areas of land as a team we are able to offer so much to clients.


2) Our experienced team


The team consists of more than 50 full-time members of staff. From consultants, project managers, occupational hygienists and chemists to analysts, surveyors and laboratory technicians. All of the technical analysts hold appropriate certification applicable to their role. Our staff have impressive academic backgrounds ranging from masters and PhDs to degrees in chemistry and marine environmental science.


3) We give clients bespoke solutions to their problems


Not only do we specialise in a huge variety of services we can also give clients bespoke solutions to their problems. We not only give our clients the results of tests, we also work with them to understand what they mean, giving them our expert advice about moving forward with the next steps safely.


4) We’re UKAS accredited


We are accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for various asbestos testing, asbestos surveying,  chemical and microbiological analysis services. These are carried out in accordance with in-house procedures based upon guidance from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Our clients can be assured they are receiving a high quality service that is based upon the most up to date regulations.

Please see our schedule of accreditation on our website for a full list of what we are accredited for.


5) We offer 24 hour call out, seven days a week and national coverage


We’re proud to provide national coverage with a fast and efficient turnaround. With our 24 hour call out service open seven days a week, we always accommodate our clients needs.



If you require expert analytical services for any environmental, health or safety concerns contact our team today.

Air Quality

A documentary was recently aired on the BBC regarding air quality in urban areas.  The aim of the program was to reduce air pollution levels on one day on a highly polluted street in Birmingham. This was completed through a number of initiatives from reducing car usage and even the implementation of green infrastructure.

To test these changes a number of air quality measurements were taken before and during this event showing some brilliant results.

We have been undertaking some sampling to assess the air quality in a house next to a busy road to see how often and by how much limits are being exceeded. This primarily requires the monitoring of particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) that are some of the most harmful pollutants and linked to the use of diesel cars. This is an area where more work and monitoring is required with 40,000 deaths link to poor air quality in the UK each year.


Watch the program here:


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New case of Legionnaires Outbreak

Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia and everyone is susceptible to infection. The risk increases with age but some people are at higher risk including:

  • People over 45 years of age
  • Smokers and heavy drinkers
  • People suffering from chronic respiratory or kidney disease
  • Diabetes, lung and heart disease
  • Anyone with an impaired immune system

Here is a recent tragic article regarding a new Legionnaires outbreak;


If conditions are favourable, the bacteria may grow increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease and it is therefore important to control the risks by introducing appropriate measures outlined in Legionnaires’ disease – The Control of Legionella bacteria in water systems (L8)


For more information on legionella risk assessments and UKAS accredited legionella tests please call us on 01329 287 777 or fill out the form below;

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Asbestos exposure while on dusty building sites

A pensioner, civil engineer from Lyndhurst has died due to exposure to asbestos on dusty building sites while working on various sites between 1971 and 1990.

He died on December 19th 2017 and the senior Cornoner Grahame Short has said the Man died as a result of his exposure to asbestos over the years and the death has been recorded as death by Industrial disease.

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