Common Contaminants Soil Test Kit
Common Contaminants Soil Test Kit
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Common Contaminants Soil Test Kit

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The Common Contaminants Soil Test Kit will allow you to test your soil for the most common contaminants found in elevated levels in New Zealand residential soils: asbestos and heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel and zinc).

These common contaminants can get into your soil from a number of different places - click here to find out more.

What's in the Kit:

  • Sampling Instructions
  • Sample bag/s
  • Gloves
  • Sample Submission Form
  • Pre-Paid Sample Return Courier Bag
  • IANZ accredited laboratory analysis of your sample/s for heavy metals (x8) and asbestos including lab report confirming any heavy metal levels and whether asbestos is present.
  • Professional assessment of your results from a qualified and experienced contaminated land specialist.

Your assessment report will include a comparison of your heavy metal results against the relevant New Zealand Human Health Standards. It will include suggestions for next steps and where to find more information if soil contamination is identified.

If you don't already have the necessary PPE to safely take the sample for asbestos testing, then in addition to this test kit you will need an Asbestos Sampling PPE Kit which is available separately here.

Please note: The asbestos test only provides a positive or negative result and does not provide the level of asbestos if it is found to be present.

This test kit and the report that you will receive is designed for personal use and cannot be used as evidence eg; for resource consent application. If a specialist contaminated land investigation is what you need, contact the team at EWB Consultants.

Turnaround time for test results:

You will receive your professional assessment report including laboratory results 10 working days from the date your soil sample is received by our office.

Additional Items

In addition to this kit, there are some other items you will need to take your sample/s, that you may already have lying around the house:

  • Bucket or container to carry or mix your samples
  • Sampling tool (hand spade or spade)
  • Mixing tool (if combining multiple samples)
  • If high levels of contamination or asbestos are expected we recommend you wear additional PPE: P2 Mask & Coveralls (available here)

Soil Contamination

Click here to find out more about soil contamination and for guidance on why you should test, where you should sample, and how many samples to take.

Learn More About Soil Contamination HERE