Land use frequently changes over time, however past land practices can have lasting effects on the composition of the soil. As a result it is recommended that soil should be tested for common soil contaminants in order to determine whether the soil could be damaging to human health or require remediation.
About this Testing
Soil may become contaminated with a wide variety of chemicals, e.g. hydrocarbons, heavy metals, and pesticides to name a few. Testing for different sites is governed by different guidelines, as detailed in the Ministry for the Environment website.
Not all contaminants have official guidelines, and even it there is, the use of the appropriate guideline is often dependent on the situation. If you are uncertain about what you need, we recommend that you contact one of our friendly Client Service Managers, who will be happy to help you determine what testing may be best for your needs.