Hi-tech machines and instrumentation


Here at Envirochem, we have a wide range of Hi-tech machines and instrumentation, and use the most up to date scientific techniques.


This allows us to offer the best possible services, fast turnaround times and a large selection of testing and analysis options.


For more information and how we can help you call us on 01329 287 777 or fill out the form below;


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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.

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For more information or to get in touch with one of our team please fill out the form below or email us at office@envirochem.co.uk.

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Three simple steps to taking waste to landfill

Three simple steps to taking waste to landfill


Making sure waste from your construction or demolition site is classified before it goes to landfill is a legal duty for contractors. There are several stages to take before you can confidently deliver your waste to landfill – here they are in three simple steps:


Step one


Work out how your materials for disposal are classified in government guidance on different types of waste[https://www.gov.uk/how-to-classify-different-types-of-waste]. Construction waste must be classified as hazardous or non-hazardous before it can be tested further or taken to landfill.


Step two


If your waste is characterised as hazardous it will need to be tested against Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) as this will determine which landfill site can accept it based on their waste license. Some non-hazardous or inert waste will also need testing so make sure you get expert advice on this.


WAC testing works by looking at how waste will behave once it’s buried in a landfill; specially what leaches out from it and the concentration of organic materials.


Step three


When it comes to taking your hazardous waste to landfill the site operators are likely to want to see your WAC testing analysis. This will help them decide if they can take it based on their landfill license and what they need to do with it next. Each landfill site is different.


How to arrange WAC analysis


WAC analysis isn’t a quick process so plan ahead to ensure you know exactly where your waste should be taken. This will speed up your waste disposal process.


At Envirochem we offer Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) testing on:

  • contaminated soil
  • spent grit
  • industrial waste
  • other waste streams.


You could purchase one of our WAC self sample kits below;


Alternatively, Find out about these services and the analysis consultancy we offer by completing the contact form below or calling our WAC experts on 01329 287 777.

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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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Metal content analysis for landfill acceptance

Recently at Envirochem we have noticed that more and more landfills are requesting additional testing along with the normal Landfill Waste Acceptance Criteria test (WAC test or Leachate test). Typically these include: metal content of air dried sample, speciated TPHs (total petroleum hydrocarbons, either as banded or aliphatic/aromatic split) and speciated PAHs (polyaromatic hydrocarbons).

Envirochem laboratories offer these services to their clients; therefore, we would advise contacting the landfill site or waste receiver to check if the additional analysis is required to save you time. We will always retain samples for a period of time and can carry out additional testing at short notice.

If you would like to contact Envirochem regarding our services please fill out the attached form or call us on 01329 287777

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Envirochem tests for a number of anions, including fluoride.

Envirochem tests for a number of anions, including fluoride. Fluoride is naturally present in a large range of plant material and water and needs to be below a certain level to conform to the waste acceptance criteria. It needs to be less than 1.5 mg/l in potable water, less than 5 in effluent water and less than 10mg/kg in soil leachate. We also test for Chloride, Nitrite, Nitrate, Bromide, Phosphate and Sulphate.


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Death of Killer Whale due to extremely high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs.

The Killer Whale, called Lulu, was found dead on the Isle of Tiree in Scotland last year after becoming entangled in fishing lines, this was originally thought to be the cause of death. However, tests have now discovered that the Whale had one of the highest levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, ever recorded. They are now fears for the rest of the Pod, who are have similarly high levels of PCB contamination.

The chemicals are still in the environment even though they were banned in the 1970’s. This is because, the manmade chemicals are extremely stable, resistant to extreme temperatures and pressures, and have insulating properties. Due to their properties, they were used in everything from plastics to paints and electrical equipment.

Although, the chemicals were banned in the 1970’s they are still prevalent in the environment, as the chemicals take a long time to break down, High levels in particular can be found in landfill sites where they can leach into waterways and on into the sea.

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If you require PCB testing for waste acceptance or for any of our other services please fill out the form below;

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Occupational hygiene Services – Water or soil sampling site visits

Water or soil sampling site visits

Our occupational hygiene team not only carry out site visits for air quality monitoring, they are also available to come to sites and sample both soil and water for analysis. The operative will come to site with all the necessary sampling equipment and can take basic water samples for analysis such as suspended solids, pH and metals, or bacterial water samples for analysis such as Ecoli, legonella and biological oxygen demand. For soil sampling this could be for potential asbestos samples or for WAC certification.

For our site visit charge the cost will be based on the locality from our office in Fareham, which will be an additional fee on top of the analysis. But this takes away any courier costs or worry of the sample/s not being taken adequately for the analysis intended and also to ensure they meet our UKAS certification guidelines (for our certificated procedures only).

If you would like to book in either a one off visit, or to set up routine visits to your site for sampling, please see the form below, Or if you are unsure of the analysis you require, we can also provide expert advice to suit the needs of your business or site.

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Landfill Waste Acceptance Criteria Tests at Envirochem

At Envirochem we have been experiencing an increase in soil and waste samples being analysed under the WM3 requirements. In addition to Landfill Waste Acceptance Criteria test (WAC test or Leachate test), this guidance helps in the classification process of hazardous waste and informs individuals what analysis they will require. The requirement for analysis under the WM3 guidance depends on a number of different factors such as; sample type, location and history of the site. Therefore every sample will have a different scheme of analysis. Envirochem offers a wide range of soil and waste analysis which includes but not limited to metal contact, anions, speciated TPH and PAH, BETXs , PCBs and volatile organic compounds.

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New Ion Chromatograph

Envirochem has completed the installation of our new Ion Chromatograph. This is part of our rolling scheme of improvement of analytical equipment. This allows us to maintain our high standards and quality of analysis.

The new Metrohm IC883 has already been subjected to and passed a mini validation and so can be used for UKAS testing of water samples for fluoride, chloride, bromide, nitrate and sulphate. It can also test for nitrite and phosphate. The ion chromatograph is also for Mcerts accredited work for chloride and sulphate in soils.

The ion chromatograph can be used in swab analyses to test surface contamination before and after cleaning works, as well as analysis of samples from occupational hygiene work for acid fumes such a s nitric acid, sulphuric acid and hydrochloric acid in the workplace.

Leachate samples from Landfill Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) samples, will also run through this instrument.

The old ion chromatograph (on the left in the photo) will be utilised to run speciated phenols in waters and soil extracts. The two instruments are linked so that the same sample can be analysed for anions and phenols. We will be able to speciate and quantify common environmental phenol compounds such a creosols and chlorinated phenols.

The new software also allows the direct transfer of analysis data into our Laboratory Information Management system reducing the time taken and the chance of transcription errors.

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