Analytical Services for the Environmental Sector


Chemtest Delivering a Workshop at the AEHS Foundation

Chemtest’s Dr.Ken Scally (Technical Director)  will be delivering a Workshop on ‘Environmental Forensics: Challenges and Solutions’  on 19th March at The Association for Environmental Health and Sciences (AEHS) foundation 28th Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy and Air – San Diego, California 

To find out more about our Environmental Forensics offering, follow this link 


Chemtest Sponsoring YCLF 2018

Chemtest are sponsoring the Yorkshire Contaminated Land Forum (YCLF) on Tuesday 27th Feb 2018 – Advances in Contaminated Land Assessment

Location: Lecture Theatre 5, The Diamond, University of Sheffield

For the full  Agenda please click here

‘YCLF membership includes environmental consultants, remediation contractors, property developers, local authorities and other regulators, planners, academics and a broad range of other relevant professions.’






Chemtest Exhibiting at the IAH annual conference 2018

Chemtest exhibiting at the IAH (Irish Group) Annual Conference  – ‘Groundwater matters: science and practice’

When 24th-25th April 2018

Where: Tullamore Court Hotel, Co. Offaly 


Follow this link to download the programme & to register.

David Clarke (Sales Director UK & Ireland), Ken Scally (Technical Director), Carol Devaney (Account Manager)  &  Amy Parekh-Pross (Technical Marketing Manager), will be on hand to discuss your testing requirements and to answer any technical questions. Come and visit us on stand! Follow this link to find out more about our testing services.





Chemtest Sponsoring ELQF 2018

Chemtest are delighted to be sponsoring the East Land Quality Forum (ELQF) on Tuesday 13th Feb 2018 entitled ‘Ground Investigation: Can you dig it?’

For the full  Agenda please click here

Chemtest are proud to be presenting alongside Seed Environmental  at this event.

Adrian Bhreathnach from Seed Environmental & Chemtest’s Amy Parekh-Pross will be delivering a presentation, titled  ‘….this time it’s PERSONAL – Responding to and remediating hydrocarbon contamination within and beneath the place we call home – A multi-stakeholder case study relating to an early 19th century Norfolk Farmhouse where the “custodian” requires every drop of oil to be removed.’

For further details on the event, follow this link

The event is to be held at West Suffolk House, Western Way, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 3YU


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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.

For more information on our tests contact  or follow this FAQ link

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

ChemtestContamination Expo 2017 

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

Loss on Ignition





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.


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