Chemical Analysis Testing Laboratory

Since 2007, ACS Environmental Ltd has offered comprehensive chemical testing services to complement the physical materials testing portfolio provided by ACS Testing Ltd. Our purpose-built Environmental Testing Laboratory provides high-quality sample preparation and analysis to meet all client chemical testing requirements.

Our experienced environmental chemistry team is committed to ensuring best practices to ensure regulatory compliance and minimise risk exposure. With our combination of industry expertise and a practical, client-focused approach, we offer a complete chemical testing solution. This includes onsite sampling, laboratory analysis, various result formatting, and expert guidance.

ACS Environmental Ltd is a UKAS-accredited laboratory (certificate number 4150) and holds certification to MCERTS standards for a selection of analytical methods. We have maintained accreditation to BS EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 & 2017 for over ten years.

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Our Chemical Testing Services

ACS Environmental Ltd specialises in the sampling and analysis of various materials and offers clients a range of environmental chemistry services to meet their overall needs.

Our in-house chemical analysis testing laboratory provides impartial and accurate results for the following determinands*:

  • Metals and metalloids
  • Petroleum hydrocarbons (total, banded and speciated (aliphatic/aromatic))
  • Polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB)
  • Anions (sulphate, chloride, fluoride, nitrate, nitrite, bromide and phosphate)
  • BTEX
  • Phenols
  • pH & conductivity
  • Loss on ignition
  • Acid Soluble Sulphate / Chloride
  • Organic carbon (total and dissolved)
  • Semi volatile organic compounds (SVOC)
  • Soil organic matter content
  • Laboratory prepared leachate preparation and analysis
  • Topsoil Quality Analysis (BS 3882:2015)
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*Please note this is not a full list of our scope of chemical analysis. Please contact us for more information regarding your testing requirements.

We are uniquely placed to provide our clients with a high-quality analytical service supported by the expertise of our ACS Geo-Environmental Consultancy Team.

Asbestos Analysis

ACS work closely with our UKAS-accredited subcontract laboratories to provide a high-quality service for onsite sampling. Our chemical analysis testing laboratories also cover the transfer and analysis of a variety of samples for asbestos fibres testing. This includes both qualitative and quantitative analyses of asbestos fibre bundles and other asbestos-containing materials.

If you suspect asbestos is present in your materials, ACS can conduct professional onsite sampling and laboratory testing to ensure your projects are safe and compliant with the relevant regulations.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the meaning of chemical testing?

Chemical testing involves analysing samples of various materials to assess the presence and concentration of various chemicals, pollutants, or contaminants. The aim is to evaluate environmental chemistry quality, compliance with regulations, and potential risks to ecosystems and human health.

What are the types of chemical testing?

Our purpose-built Environmental Testing Laboratory provides a complete solution for chemical sampling and testing of metals, petroleum hydrocarbons, phenols, anions, asbestos, and more. Please contact us for more information regarding your testing requirements.

How do you assess asbestos?

Only accredited or professional providers should extract and analysis asbestos. At ACS, our UKAS-accredited subcontract laboratories provide a high-quality service for safe and efficient onsite sampling and laboratory testing of asbestos fibres. This covers both quantitative and qualitative analyses.

ACS Services

Please see below for a list of the services provided by ACS:

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Geo-Environmental Consultancy

The ACS Geo-Environmental Consultancy Department has been operating as part of ACS for over 10 years.

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On-Site Testing Services

ACS offers a comprehensive range of professional on-site testing, all carried out by our fully trained site technicians.

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Aggregates and Soils Testing

From our main laboratory in Poole, Dorset, ACS provide quality testing and material consultancy for the construction and civil engineering industry.

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Bituminous Testing

ACS carries out testing on new bituminous binder material and testing on hardened material for physical and chemical properties. Circa pre 1980’s Tar (Carcinogenic effects) was also used as a binder, ACS staff can sample and test materials to assess if Tar was used.

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Concrete Testing

Concrete was the first service to be offered by ACS back in 1987. Since then, we have increased our scope to cover a wide range of UKAS Accredited testing methods on fresh and hardened concrete.

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Mortar and Screed Testing

ACS can sample and test new and hardened mortar. Hardened mortar for mix proportions and constituents, new mortar for compressive and flexural strength.

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Contamination and WAC Testing

At ACS we offer an efficient and reliable chemical analysis service for waste soils and construction materials using various test solids and leaching procedures specified by the Environment Agency.

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Chemical Testing

The ACS chemical laboratory was established in 2007. It complements the physical materials testing service provided by ACS by offering a range of chemical analytical services.

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Leachate and Water Analysis

Our purpose-built analytical laboratory enables ACS to provide a comprehensive sampling, monitoring and analysis service on a wide range of leachate and water samples.

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Natural Stone Testing

Our newly refurbished stone testing laboratory has given us the opportunity to expand our testing scope. In addition, we have increased production and improved on our turnaround of samples.

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Site Laboratory Services

Over the last 35 years, ACS have supplied custom fitted site laboratories with technicians to many construction sites and projects worldwide.

Persistent Organic Pollutants

Our experienced lab technicians can provide detailed and accurate analysis of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in almost any sample matrix in line with the Stockholm Convention.

Energy From Waste

Experts in Energy from Waste residues, ACS offers a full range of services, including gasification, pyrolysis, syngas and tar sampling, and analysis and interpretation of analytical results for IBA and APCr.

RoHS Compliance Testing

At ACS, we undertake rigorous RoHS compliance testing to identify and quantify any contaminants in your shredded waste, ensuring your product meets strict RoHS requirements.

Energy Supply, Generation & Regulation

Our highly skilled team provide industry-leading waste fuel testing services for RDF, SRF, MSW, and Solid Biomass, helping you save costs and meet compliance standards for total peace of mind.


If you require a collection that is outside of our usual range, please feel free to call us on 01202 622858.
Or contact us and we will do our best to accommodate your requirements.