Note: Walk-in samples are accepted at our Somerton lab on Tuesdays and Fridays, 9 AM to 3 PM. Postal and courier samples are received throughout the week.


Understanding Site and Soil Contamination

Site contamination, including soil contamination, involves the presence of harmful substances like chemicals or microorganisms on or beneath the surface. These contaminants can jeopardize both human health and the environment, impacting present and future land use. This issue primarily affects soil and groundwater quality.

Causes of Site Contamination

Past or ongoing human activities, such as urbanization, industrialization, improper waste disposal, chemical use in agriculture, and mining, contribute to land contamination. Common contaminants encompass heavy metals, asbestos, petroleum hydrocarbons, pesticides, herbicides, and solvents.

Contamination Exposure and Risks

Contaminants pose risks through inhalation of vapors, skin contact, ingestion of contaminated food, or soil ingestion. Health hazards stem from direct contact, vapors, and water infiltration. Substances like arsenic, lead, nitrate, and chloride can infiltrate groundwater, magnifying risks for human consumption.

Various groups, including residents, children, workers, and farmers, face varying levels of exposure based on the nature and location of the contaminated site.

Test Needs Site Contamination Testing Services

Explore our comprehensive soil contamination testing services in Melbourne, Victoria. Whether it’s asbestos in the soil, acid sulphate soils, or other contaminants, we’ve got you covered. Safeguard your environment by contacting us at +61 (3) 9115 8105 or Your reliable partner in identifying and mitigating contamination risks.

Effects of Site and Soil Contamination on Ecosystems

Industrial Impact

  • Infiltration of hazardous chemicals into groundwater
  • Disruption of ecological equilibrium
  • Emission of polluting gases
  • Escalation in salinity levels

Urban Consequences

  • Threats to public health
  • Contamination of drinking water sources
  • Emission of foul odours and gases
  • Complications in waste management

Agricultural Ramifications

  • Diminished soil fertility and increased erodibility
  • Decline in nitrogen fixation and nutrient loss
  • Reduced crop production
  • Upset in soil biodiversity

Mitigate soil contamination effects with our comprehensive testing services, thus ensuring a balanced ecosystem.


Advantages of Site and Soil Contamination Assessment

For local councils:

  • Decreased remediation expenses
  • Lowered human health risks and related medical costs
  • Enhanced site’s social amenity

For Developers:

  • Lessened remediation expenditure
  • Diminished long-term site maintenance costs
  • Time savings in remediation and quicker development

For Farmers:

  • Reduced remediation expenses
  • Assistance in achieving revegetation and rehabilitation objectives
  • Higher value for produce due to safety assurance

For Buyers:

  • Decreased remediation costs
  • Enhanced peace of mind
  • A secured investment path

Understanding Soil Contamination Implications

Frequent discoveries of soil contamination often accompany shifts in land use, such as transitioning from industrial to residential areas. This scenario carries substantial consequences for various stakeholders, including local councils, landowners, potential buyers, and investors. Remarkably, many sites undergo necessary remediation solely during property transactions, necessitating meticulous consideration of both financial and temporal implications.

In this context, the “polluter pays” principle generally governs accountability attribution in land contamination cases. When the original polluter isn’t identifiable, responsibility typically extends to property owners or occupants connected to the contamination source. Prior to property acquisition, conducting a comprehensive soil contamination test is imperative. Evaluating past site activities and the potential effects of factors like acid sulphate soils and asbestos in the soil is paramount for informed decisions.


Site Contamination Testing FAQ

What is site contamination testing?

Site contamination testing is often referred to as an environmental site assessment. It is a crucial process used to evaluate the presence and extent of contaminants in the soil, groundwater, or surface water of a specific location.

How much does a site contamination test cost?

We offer highly competitive pricing for site contamination testing services, starting at $46 (excl. GST). To get an accurate cost estimate for your specific testing needs, please visit this link or contact us directly.

What is the procedure for sending my sample for testing?

You have two convenient options for sending your site or soil sample to us. You can securely courier your sample to our facility at Unit 8/144 Hume Hwy, Somerton, Victoria, 3062. Alternatively, if you prefer dropping off your sample in person, we accept walk-in samples at the same address every Tuesday and Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m..

How do I start the site contamination testing process?

To start the site contamination testing process, reach out to us with a description of the testing service you require. Following your enquiry, we will get back to you with a quotation. Once you are happy with our pricing, please courier your site or soil sample to our address or drop it off. Our expert team will conduct the necessary tests and provide you with detailed results.

How soon can I expect to receive my test results?

Our commitment to prompt service means that we typically process and deliver results within 5-7 working days (Monday to Friday). In the event that a retest is necessary, please allow an additional 2 days for result processing. Your satisfaction and accurate data are our top priorities.

alec lucke
alec lucke
We have found the tests to be thorough and informative and are implementing the recommendations for the trace mineral sprays. We will be using the recommendations elsehwere in our garden as well, for plants with similar ph requirements. We are hopeful - time will tell. Many thanks. Alec
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John Smith
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Gennadi Rosin
Professional service and friendly staff
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Trent N
I had my soil testing done from Test Needs. I am impressed with their service and the suggestions that were given to improve the soil quality.

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