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Marine sediment and biota

Testing of marine sediment and biota

ALS can provide dedicated project management for dredging and marine sediment investigations.  Offering high quality data and assisting with project planning through to compliance with national and international conventions. These often remote projects are carefully planned and managed, reducing the risk of potential costly resampling.  ALS has developed numerous analytical programs for the assessment of contaminated sediments, which fulfil the most stringent classification of materials.

ALS also offers a range of tests for biota, and depending on the compound can test terrestrial and aquatic plants and animals, animal tissue, eggs, blood and serum, as well as human blood, human serum and human milk.

Innovative Testing. Quality Results.

At ALS we take pride in the quality standards of our laboratories, with robust and traceable systems to meet local regulatory requirements and align to ISO/IEC 17025:2017. 

Our marine sediment testing services include but are not limited to:
  • Physical characteristics
  • Nutrients
  • Acid sulphate soils (ASS)
  • Petroleum Hydrocarbons
  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Semi-volatile organic compounds
  • PFAS (Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances)
  • Organotin compounds (including but not limited to Tributyl Tin)
  • Dioxins and Furans
  • Metals and metals speciation
  • Radionuclides, including alpha and beta activity
Our biota testing services include but are not limited to:
  • Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), such as dioxins, PBDEs and PCBs,
  • Metals and metals speciation including methylmercury, organotin compounds, arsenic species and selenium.
  • PFAS (Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances)
  • Dioxins and Furans
  • Ecotoxicological tests on aquatic organisms (plants and animals)
  • Microtox (Vibrio fischeri)

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