Analytical Services for the Environmental Sector


Chemtest Exhibited at Pro Geo 2017

The Chemtest team, presented and exhibited at Pro Geo 2017 (South-West Regional Group) in Exeter on Wednesday 4th  October 2017

Chemtest were delighted to present alongside John Grimes Partnership Ltd  on  ‘Uncertainties in Arsenic Risk Assessment in South West England’. The presentation also covered the following Bioaccessibility tests:-

-Physiologically Based Extraction Test (PBET) – Modified Ruby  method

-BARGE Unified Bioaccessibility Method (UBM)

The differences between the tests above were highlighted in the talk.

‘The physiologically based extraction test (PBET) is an in vitro test system for predicting the bioavailability of metals from a solid matrix and incorporates gastrointestinal tract parameters representative of a human (including stomach and small intestinal pH and chemistry, soil-to-solution ratio, stomach mixing, and stomach emptying rates).’

Environ. Sci. Technol.1996, 30,422-430 Michael V. Ruby et al.

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Mecoprop Analysis

Chemtest are now offering low level Mecoprop analysis in waters to a detection limit of 0.01 ug/L


Mecoprop is a chlorophenoxy herbicide, it is a selective post-emergent herbicide used to control of broad-leaved weeds in lawns, turf and amongst cereal crops.


Mecoprop  is reported as part of  our Acid Herbicides Suite


If you would like to discuss our Acid Herbicide Testing suites contact us:

Chemtest Exhibiting at Contamination Expo 2017

We are exhibiting at  Contamination Expo 2017  (27 28 Sept 2017 ). Come and meet the Chemtest team on Stand C2150.

Location: EXCEL London

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The Contamination Expo Series is Europe’s largest exhibition and conference designed to showcase the latest innovations that further the protection of the environment and management of contaminated land, water, and air. Follow this link to find out more

This event will be hosting an impressive schedule of unmissable seminars, covering a wide range of  pertinent topics such as Landfills, Chlorinated Solvents, Asbestos, Hazardous Substances & Environmental Forensics.

Chemtest’s Dr. Ken Scally and Amy Parekh-Pross, will be presenting on ‘Advances in Air Testing & Environmental Forensics for Contaminated Sites’ 

Dr. Ken Scally our Director of Environmental Forensics comments:

“To achieve a successful environmental forensics investigation, it will encompass an understanding of a variety of disciplines and the wisdom to select the most appropriate forensic tool(s) which are best suited for a particular set of facts”

Follow this link  to register for your free tickets

If you would like to discuss our Environmental Forensics Testing suites or Air Testing further, contact us on 




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Chemtest Asbestos Testing Services

Chemtest Asbestos Testing Services  

Chemtest has UKAS accredited  Asbestos laboratories in Belfast and Coventry.


Our Coventry Laboratory is UKAS accredited for:-

  • Asbestos Identification in soils
  • Asbestos fibre count in soils

Coventry Laboratory: Unit 4B, Star Industrial Park, Bodmin Road, Coventry, CV2 5DB

Phone Number: 02476 621808



Follow this link for more information on our Belfast Laboratory & Testing Services

Chemtest Exhibiting at Geotechnica 2017

We are exhibiting  at Geotechnica 2017 (12-13 July). Come and meet the team on Stand 49!

Location: Warwickshire Exhibition Centre (CV31 1XN)






Geotechnica 2017

Geotechnica is one of the largest Geotechnical Conference and Exhibition. This Conference will focus on four key topics including the Future Advancements for the geotechnical industry more

Follow this link to find out more & to Register


Loss on Ignition Testing of Trommel Fines

Chemtest have been awarded UKAS accreditation for LOI Testing of Trommel Fines in accordance with HMRC Landfill Tax Notice LFT 1.


What are Fines?

For Landfill Tax purposes, fines are particles produced by a waste treatment process that involves an element of mechanical treatment. For example, trommelling, screening or soil washing are all mechanical processes

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In order to qualify for the lower rate of landfill tax, the fines must meet the specified Loss on Ignition (LOI) threshold of 10%.

LOI is a test for determining the organic content of material. The difference in the mass of the material being tested before and after the ignition process is used to calculate the LOI result. The LOI result will inform whether the waste is liable to the lower rate of Landfill Tax but is not the only determining factor. The fines must meet all the requirements and conditions set out in the HMRC guidance in order to be liable to the lower rate.

The sample submitted for testing must be representative of the whole quantity of waste material for disposal. It is specified that 6 sub-samples are selected at random and mixed to form a composite sample of 1 kg.

How is the LOI Testing of Waste Fines carried out?

The sample is air dried and coned and quartered by the laboratory to produce a 200 gram sub-sample This sample is sieved to remove content classified as >20mm group 1 and 2 material (eg stones). The sub-sample is then ground to a particle size of <2mm and a 20g sample is taken for testing. Loss on ignition is determined between 180oC and 440oC, taking into account the mass of removed >20mm group 1 and 2 material. It is mandatory for laboratories use this methodology prescribed in HMRC Landfill Tax Notice LFT1.

Chemtest  are now UKAS accredited for this procedure.


Chemtest wins Award from Weston Homes

Chemtest attended the 24th Annual Business Partner Awards and Conference hosted by Weston Homes on the 17th of February in Takeley, Essex.

We are delighted to announce that Chemtest won the ‘Business Partner of the Year’ Award 2017 from Weston Homes.

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Chemtest Exhibiting at Groundwater 2017

We are exhibiting at Groundwater 2017 on 30th March 2017 in London 

Location: 15 Hatfields, Chadwick Court, London, SE1 8DJ



Groundwater 2017

Regulatory Updates & Practical Solutions for Improved Risk Assessment & Remediation of Groundwater

Brownfield Briefing’s annual Groundwater conference returns on 30th March 2017. This successful annual event has been re-researched and updated to provide the latest information on changes to frameworks used for assessing risks to groundwater, new analysis and modelling techniques, as well as practical solutions to the most pertinent challenges facing those involved in the protection and remediation of groundwater. more

Phil Hellier our Projects Director will be presenting on ‘New advances in groundwater sampling and detection to meet more stringent targets and deal with new contaminants’ from a laboratory perspective. Phil  has philhellierover 40 years of experience in Analytical Chemistry and Microbiology employing Bluebook Methods, British and International Standards. more




Sarah Clements (Account Manager) and Amy Parekh-Pross (Technical Marketing Manager), will be on hand to discuss your testing requirements and to answer any technical questions.


Chemtest are also giving away a bottle of Champagne to one lucky winner, come and visit us on stand.



For more information and to reserve a place, visit Brownfield Briefing

Download the programme here   #BBGroundwater17


Blog: Chemtesting Brownfield Land

Rob Monk our Technical Development Chemist discusses Brownfield Land Testing in this blog.


‘A £1.2bn fund to build homes on brownfield land will start work in 30 areas including Manchester, Bristol and Luton’.


Brownfield land has a major role to play in addressing the housing shortage, such sites can involve complex contamination problems and need to be comprehensively assessed before they can be redeveloped. This necessarily involves the analysis of environmental samples for potential contaminants.


Chemtest is Sponsoring Brownfield Land Scotland 2017

We are proud to be sponsoring the 10th annual Brownfield Land Scotland Conference on Wednesday 1st February  2017  

Location: The Place, York Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3HU

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The Brownfield Land Scotland conference, provides up-to-date information on the regulatory framework affecting brownfield development, as well as practical solutions to many of the risk assessment and remediation challenges associated with contaminated land and groundwater.


Greg Cranston (Account Manager, Scotland) and Amy Parekh-Pross (Technical Marketing Manager), will be on hand to discuss your testing requirements and to answer any technical questions.
Chemtest are also giving away a bottle of Champagne to one lucky winner, come and visit us on stand.



For more information and to reserve a place, visit Brownfield Briefing



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