Envirochem now offers a Fit2Fit accredited face fit testing service!

An inadequate fit will significantly reduce the protection provided by the RPE and may lead to serious immediate and long-term health problems.

Quantitative face fit testing can be carried out both at our head office in Fareham or on site.

Qualitative face fit testing can also be undertaken if required.

Types of tight fitting masks that can be tested:
• Half Face Ori-Nasal Respirators
• Full Face Respirators
• P3 Disposable Half Masks

If there are any other types of masks you would like tested and you are unsure
please don’t hesitate to ask.

Notes for candidates:
• All operatives must be clean shaven
• All operatives must refrain from eating or drinking for 1 hour before their test
• All operatives must refrain from smoking for an hour before their test
• Testing should be carried out every 1-2 years
• Re-tests should be undertaken if operatives face shape changes (i.e due to major
dental work/weight loss etc.)

Face fit testing procedure (according to HSE INDG479):
• Operatives will don their mask
• Operatives will then be required to undergo various exercises
• There are 7 exercises taking 80 seconds each.
• Operatives need to pass each exercise consecutively to gain a pass

Please call 01329 287 777 or complete the form below if you would like further information or a free quotation:

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Arsenic in Paint

Why test for Arsenic in paint?

We offer a variety of analyses for the Built Environment where sensitivity is required in understanding the composition and nature of various substances. One such substance is Arsenic in paint.

Paint and wallpaper containing arsenic that becomes damp, can be metabolised to a volatile form of arsenic called arsene. This arsene can then be inhaled by the occupants of the building. Even if concentrations are low, prolonged exposure can lead to arsenic bio-accumulating in the body and subsequent sickness. 

A previous job we carried out was for owners of a hotel who were experiencing a range of health issues months after a flood. Envirochem found the classic green Victorian wall paper in some rooms and behind a wardrobe, which was still damp, with mould growing on the wall paper. Hospital tests found elevated levels of arsenic in the two hotel owners.

What we can offer:

The method of analysis for arsenic in paint is analogous to our UKAS accredited method for lead and chromium in paint and our mCERTS method for Ascenic in Soil.

If you would like testing or have us attend site to take samples for you get in contact today on 01329 287 777 or fill out the form below.

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Vinyl floor tiles

Vinyl floor tiles are a type of flooring that in more modern times are not used as frequently and are usually hidden underneath carpets that have been laid over them.

These tiles can often contain asbestos and if you are in any doubt whether yours are asbestos containing or not and certainly before you rip them up you should get them tested for asbestos and any bitumen or adhesive used to adhere them as well.

It can also be the case that the tiles are not asbestos containing, but the adhesive used to adhere them to the floor is and should also be tested before pulling up the tiles or scraping the adhesive off.

Here at Envirochem, we can attend your property or site and take samples of tiles and other materials you are concerned with and test them at our own in-house UKAS accredited laboratory.

We even sell self-sampling kits to enable you to safely take samples of materials yourself and return them for us for testing.

For more information and to contact us please call on 01329 287 777 or fill out the form below:

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Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) Testing.

What is LEV Testing:

Local exhaust ventilation (LEV) checks, help control the release of hazardous airborne substances from a process into the workplace environment.

Why carry out LEV testing:

The aim of LEV checking is to control the emission as close as possible to the point of release, and prevent it from entering the air of the workplace.

Who should carry out LEV Testing:

Anywhere with extraction units and/or that produces fumes, a few examples of workplaces and processes include:

  • Wood and carpentry manufacturers
  • MOT Stations
  • Restaurants with exhaust ventilation units
  • Industrial processes that produce paint fumes and solder fumes
  • Shot blasting and sand blasting processes
  • Air conditioning units
  • Furniture makers  

What we can offer:

Envirochem routinely undertake LEV checks for many clients on equipment including:

  • Fume cabinets
  • Spray booths
  • Dust extract systems
  • Air conditioning units
  • Exhaust ventilation units
  • Extractor fan units

These should be tested 14 monthly or after any modifications, as specified within the Health and Safety Executive’s HSE Guidance Notes HS(G)54 and HS(G)37.

We produce thorough reports detailing duct velocities static pressures and flow rates and make comments on any observed changes in the system reading or their possible causes.

For more information or to contact us please call on 01329 287 777 or fill out the form below;

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What is Asbestos?

What is Asbestos:

Asbestos is not one material as it is commonly mistaken for, but the term used for the fibrous forms of seven naturally occurring minerals.

In the United Kingdom, the three most common forms of asbestos are chrysotile (white), amosite (brown) and crocidolite (blue). They are found in common building materials such as insulation board panels, spray coating, bonded cements, gaskets, insulation, textured coatings, and vinyl flooring and more.

Why test for asbestos:

Exposure to asbestos can cause serious health implications, including Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer and Asbestosis.  Approximately 5000 workers still die per year from asbestos related illness.

Who should test:

Asbestos could be found in any building or construction built before 2000, this includes houses, schools, factories, hospitals and more.

Anyone who is involved in a trade such as demolition and those in the refurbishment, maintenance, and similar trades where it is foreseeable that your work will disturb the structure of the building, or even just individuals doing some DIY at home or work should check and get testing /surveying carried out before disturbing materials that could contain asbestos.

What we can offer:

Envirochem offers a competitive Asbestos Fibre Identification service returning results by email within 24 hours in most cases.

Samples can be delivered to our laboratory or collected by our analysts.

An Asbestos Fibre Identification certificate is produced for each batch of samples analysed, which is available most commonly in PDF format via email.

For more information please call on 01329 287 777 or fill out the form below.

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The HSE have sentenced a company and director for exposing workers to asbestos.

The HSE have sentenced a company and director for exposing workers to asbestos.


Make sure you keep your employees and workplace safe. 





For more information on how we can help and advice, from asbestos surveys and air monitoring to asbestos fibre identification and asbestos awareness training courses and more please fill out the form below or call us on 01329 287 777.


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The Contamination & Geotech Expo 2021

Next week we will be at The Contamination & Geotech Expo, find us at stand 4-G100!


We have a wide range of services and analytical testing options that we can provide and tailor to our clients requirements. Come and meet us to find out more.



Bespoke and Tailored Testing/Consultancy

Here at Envirochem, we pride ourselves in being able to tailor our services to all our clients bespoke and unique testing/consultancy requirements.

Our chemical team have recently been working on one such project. Our client needed us to determine any irregularities in the mortar composition used on their properties, as they were different colours and causing water ingress.

Using our ICPOES Jess is testing the samples taken for a range of metals that will then allow us to determine similarities or differences between the mortar samples.


For more information or advice on how we can help you please fil out the form below or call us on 01329 287 777.


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Chemical Analysis

From soil contamination to lead in paint testing, our chemical department can offer analysis and consultation on a wide range of issues in the built environment.


For more information call us on 01329 287 777 or fill out the form below;


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Water Testing Services

Envirochem routinely carry out a variety of tests including: Recreational water, Drinking or Potable Water, Environmental Water, Waste or Effluent Water….

Testing  for coliform bacteria and E.coli are the most important routine microbiological analysis carried out on drinking water. These tests provide a sensitive means for detecting faecal contamination, for assessing raw water quality, the effectiveness of water treatment and disinfection, and monitoring water quality in distribution.


For this service and all our services please call on 01329 287 777 or  please fill out the form below;

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