Site contamination and effective testing are critical concerns in various industries. Test Needs specialises in providing comprehensive site contamination testing services across Victoria. We assist in assessing contamination risks, ensuring regulatory compliance, and managing remediation efforts.

Understanding Contamination Testing

Contamination testing is essential before any project starts to identify and address environmental risks. Test Needs offers soil sampling and analysis to detect contaminants such as heavy metals and chemicals, safeguarding ecosystems and public health.

Why Contamination Testing Matters

Contamination testing is crucial for: 

  • Development Projects: Ensuring compliance with contamination protocols for planning permission. 
  • Environmental Protection: Safeguarding groundwater and biodiversity from contaminants like PCBs and arsenic. 
  • Health and Safety: Preventing health risks associated with exposure to pollutants, ensuring safe conditions.

Common Site Contaminants

Contaminants vary based on industrial activities and historical land use: 

  • Heavy Metals: Lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic from mining and industrial processes. 
  • Petroleum and Hydrocarbons: Gasoline and diesel from oil spills and industrial discharge. 
  • Pesticides and Herbicides: Agricultural chemicals like atrazine and glyphosate.

Methods of Site Contamination Testing

Test Needs employs various methods for accurate assessments: 

  1. Soil Sampling: Collecting samples for comprehensive analysis from different depths.
  2. Laboratory Analysis: Using advanced techniques to identify contaminants accurately. 
  3. On-Site Testing: Quick assessments using pH testing and handheld analyzers. 
  4. Biological Testing: Assessing site’s health using organisms to gauge contamination impacts.

Importance of Site Contamination Testing

Site Soil contamination testing is vital for: 

  • Environmental Impact: Protecting biodiversity from harmful pollutants. 
  • Health Risks: Preventing diseases linked to exposure to contaminated soil. 
  • Regulatory Compliance: Meeting legal requirements and avoiding penalties.

Site Testing Process by Test Needs

Our process ensures thorough and reliable Site testing services: 

  1. Sampling: Collecting representative soil samples using precise methods. 
  2. Analysis: Detailed laboratory analyses to detect contaminants and assess levels. 
  3. Reporting: Providing comprehensive reports with findings and recommendations.

When Is Contamination Testing Necessary?

Site testing is required for: 

  • Phase II Environmental Site Assessment: Regulated remediation and property due diligence. 
  • Site Investigation: Assessing contamination severity through sampling. 
  • Remedial Investigation: Evaluating contamination extent and planning remediation.

Best Practices for Contamination Testing and Clean-Up

Adhering to best practices ensures effective soil management: 

  • Halt Work and Secure Area: Prevent further contamination spread. 
  • Consult Environmental Experts: Engage specialists for assessment and planning. 
  • Comply with Regulations: Ensure legal requirements are met during remediation. 
  • Monitor and Verify: Confirm success through ongoing testing and monitoring.

Contact Test Needs for Your Site Testing Needs

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take proactive steps towards environmental stewardship and regulatory compliance.

Phone: +61 (3) 9115 8105 


Address: Unit 8/144 Hume Hwy, Somerton VIC 3062, Australia