Brominated Flame Retardants (BFRs) Brominated Flame Retardants (BFRs), such as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) have become global environmental contaminants because of their widespread use in numerous household and commercial products.
Soil Testing Services
Soil testing and analysis is an area of specialisation for the team at Leeder Analytical.
Soils are a mixture of minerals, organic matter, gases, water and countless living organisms that together support biodiverse, organic life.
The soil testing and analysis services provide customers with data on the level of chemicals that may be present in their soil samples and in many cases to prove that specific compounds are not present in their soils.
Soil tests are required across a wide variety of industries including:
The specialist team of scientific experts at Leeder Analytical are prepared to test, analyse and report on soil.
Our team at Leeder Analytical are NATA (national association of testing authorities) accredited, meaning our methodology and testing processes are compliant with independently checked regulatory requirements that ensure the highest quality laboratory testing, reporting and analysis.
Contaminated Soil Testing
Contaminated soil is often invisible, but if undetected can have serious consequents to human or animal life, as well as land biodiversity.
Leeder Analytical’s specialists work closely with remediation contractors, environmental consultants and building developers to test for possible soil contamination.
The specific contaminants of a soil sample can vary greatly depending on the surroundings of the land, but some of the common soil contaminants we identify include:
- Semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs)
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)
- Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs)
- Heavy Metals (including arsenic, antimony, barium, cadmium, copper, cobalt, chromium, lead, lithium, manganese, mercury, nickel, tin, uranium, selenium, silver, vanadium, and zinc)
- Metals speciation- arsenic and selenium speciation
- Organometallic compounds- organolead, organotin, organomercury
- Flame retardants including chlorinated, brominated and phosphorus compounds
- Pesticides- organochlorine (OC), organonitrogen (ON), organophosphorus (OP),
- Herbicide residues
- Nutrients, nitrate, ammonia, TKN, nitrite, orthophosphate and total phosphate
- Soil Phyto-toxicity testing-lettuce seed and radish seed tests
- Petroleum or petrochemicals
- Wood treatment chemicals
- Oils & Waxes
Many of these methods are available online and can be downloaded;
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Analysis of Soil Quality
Leeder Analytical’s laboratory can assist with the testing and analysis of soil samples to meet your project-specific needs.
Some of the physical tests Leeder Analytical’s team can assist you with includes, however, is not limited to:
- Soil moisture
- pH levels and balance
- PSD (particle-size distribution)
- TOC (total organic carbon)
- EC levels (electrical conductivity)
- Texture and structure
- Nutrient levels
Who we work with?
Our NATA accredited laboratory conducts soil testing for environmental engineers, scientists, consultants and regulators (EPA) as well as developers and government bodies. These professionals choose to work with Leeder Analytical because we offer reliable and accurate testing, as well as extract key insights from the scientific findings.
Some of the organisations we’ve worked with for soil testing and analysis includes:
They choose Leeder Analytical because they’re able to trust in the speed, effectiveness and efficiency of our processes, and importantly the accuracy of our results and interpretations.
Soil Testing Methodology
At Leeder Analytical, we utilise isotope dilution Gas Chromatograph / Mass Spectroscopy / Mass Spectroscopy (GC/MS/MS) to isolate and produce the most reliable soil testing results possible.
Our testing methodology has been developed, accredited and validated to detect irregularities at ultra-low, trace levels using our purpose-built laboratory and state of the art instruments.
Other methodologies include:
- ASTM Methods
- Australian Standards
- US EPA methods
- ISO methods