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Sampling & analysis of VOCs in soil, solids & biota

Elevated levels of VOCs in solid matrices like soil, sediment and waste or in living organisms, Biota, is a result of human and/or industrial activity. VOCs are defined as compounds with a high vapor pressure and low water solubility.

Please contact us for local recommendations on how to sample and ship your samples.


Analysis of VOCs

Analysis of VOCs in all solid matrices is a standard offering from our accredited laboratories. Our laboratories have the capacity to take on large projects and the experience and skill to analyse for more non-standard or emerging compounds. Biota testing is a specialty developed in some of our network laboratories and will include metabolites where appropriate.

The analysis of standard petroleum related compounds (or halogenated solvents) are performed in accordance with EPA method 8260 or similar, using headspace or purge and trap GC-MS. Other compound will require other methods and instrumentation; all part of ALS' capabilities.

Analysis provided by ALS includes

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Along side VOC, semi volatiles compounds, SVOC are also often found on the same sampling sites.

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Analysis of metals in soil, solid matrices & biota

One of the most frequently found contaminations in the environment is related to petroleum products, ranging from light hydrocarbons like BTEX to heavy fuel used as bunker fuel.


Oil & petroleum- related parameters

Amongst the most common contaminants found in the environment are hydrocarbons from oil and petroleum products.