Common Contaminants Explained

20th January 2020

Most visitors to Northpoints website will have heard of contaminants such as arsenic, lead and cyanide. Throughout 2020, Northpoint will consider a number of common contaminants found in UK soils, and provide some interesting facts about these substances.


Building on a brownfield site may come with unexpected constraints. One of these is discovering the legacy of historical site use and how this has preliminary_risk_assessmentimpacted the shallow soils that are going to be built on.

Through a site investigation, consultants routinely report contaminant levels, and provide an assessment that characterises the level of associated risk.

Northpoint will dissect and explain what this means for your health and those potential users of your development site. What are the most common contaminants found in UK soils? Where do they originate from? Why are they potentially harmful to your health?

Over the next few months, Northpoint are preparing technical blogs relating to the following contaminants:

  • Arsenic
  • Lead
  • Cyanide
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Asbestos
  • Ground Gas

We hope you find our brief overview blogs helpful and informative. In the interim, if you have any concerns regarding the presence of contaminated soils at your site, and want an explanation of what this means in plain English, have a chat with us.


We have over 25 years combined experience of assessing and managing risks associated with land contamination.
info@northpointgeotechnical.com
0191 917 2310