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Our Laboratories

The premises occupy 35,000 square feet of purpose built laboratories and offices, and includes space for further expansion.  Areas are subdivided for sample reception, sample preparation, inorganic and organic soils and waters, fuel testing, plus other specialist areas like asbestos analysis.

Some of the most commonly requested parameters include:

  • Metals – toxic metals, alkaline metals 
  • Anions – chloride, sulphate, nitrate, phosphate etc
  • Inorganics – pH, EC, TSS, TDS, BOD, COD, 
  • VOCs - Volatile organic compounds
  • SVOCs – semivolatile organic compounds
  • TPH – GRO, EPH, speciated TPH, BTEX
  • PCBs
  • PAHs
  • Pesticides
  • Asbestos
  • Leaching tests, including BS EN 12457, NEN 7375 Tank Testing, NRA leachate and Upflow Percolation Analysis for Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC)
  • Engineering/geotechnical to BS 1377, BRE SD1, and TRL 447
  • Compost analysis – PAS 100
  • Fuel – biomass potential, waste derived fuel using CEN/TS/ASTM methods
  • Topsoil to BS3882

A wide range of state of the art instrumentation is available, including:

  • CV-AFS - Atomic Fluorescence Spectrophotometer (Mercury analysis)
  • GCMS liquid injection
  • GCMS headspace
  • GCFID liquid injection
  • GCFID headspace
  • HPLC
  • Discrete analyzers (automated spectrophotometers) 
  • SFA analyzers
  • CHNS elemental analyser
  • IC - Ion chromatography systems
  • XRF - X-ray fluorescence spectrophotometer
  • Bomb calorimeter
  • Ash Fusibility Furnace (ash fusion determination)

DETS is regarded as a centre of excellence for asbestos testing, with accreditation for presence, identification, quantification, and water absorption in soil and bulk materials.

The majority of analyses are UKAS accredited to ISO 17025 and/or MCERTS for soil and water matrices, with more added to the scope each year. 

DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) Approval: DETS is an approved laboratory allowing importation of soil samples from all over the world.

Customer support includes supply of containers, couriers, technical advice, data interpretation, on site assistance, hire of equipment and seminars.


DETS – dependable data, dependable delivery