BS 10175:2011 - Investigation of potentially contaminated sites. Code of practice

BS 10175:2011 - Investigation of potentially contaminated sites. Code of practice

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Publication Details

Details: Paperback .

Publication date: 31/03/2011

Publisher: British Standards Institute (BSI)

ISBN: 9780580681981

Publication Status: Superseded

Publication Description

BS 10175:2011
Code of practice for investigation of potentially contaminated sites

What is it?

BS 10175:2011 is the latest British standard for the investigation of potentially contaminated sites. It provides recommendations and guidance on inspecting land with naturally high levels of potentially harmful substances. The standard enables you to achieve scientifically robust data through a risk-based approach. BS 10175:2011 does not include guidance on legal requirements, such as obtaining licences or permits, or on handling sites that show evidence of radioactive contamination

How does it work?

BS 10175:2011 provides essential guidelines on all stages of your investigation into contaminated sites, from planning to delivery and reporting. The standard outlines best practice when setting your objectives and designing the different investigation phases. BS 10175:2011 provides a nationally recognised framework for identifying, measuring and managing the risks of contamination in soil, ground gas, groundwater and surface water. Use the guidelines to carry out sampling and field testing effectively and safely. BS 10175:2011 also covers laboratory analysis.

Contents of BS 10175:

1 Scope
2 Normative references
3 Terms and definitions
3.1 Definitions
3.2 Abbreviations
4 Setting the objectives of an investigation
4.1 General
4.2 Setting investigation objectives
5 Developing an investigation strategy
5.1 General
5.2 Overall strategy
5.3 Specific strategies for field investigations
6 Preliminary investigation
6.1 General
6.2 Data collection
6.3 Data assessment and reporting
7 Design and planning of field investigations
7.1 General
7.2 Integrated field investigations
7.3 Site safety and environmental protection
7.4 Sampling personnel
7.5 Pre-investigation considerations
7.6 Method of field investigation
7.7 Sampling strategies
7.8 Developing a testing programme
7.9 Quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC)
8 Fieldwork
8.1 General
8.2 Techniques
8.3 Sampling
8.4 Field testing
8.5 Sample containers
8.6 Sample labelling, preservation and handling
8.7 Sampling report
9 Off-site analysis of samples
9.1 General
9.2 Choice of laboratory
9.3 The assessment and control of uncertainty in sub sampling and analysis
9.4 Selection of contaminants for analysis
9.5 Preparation of samples for analysis
9.6 Sample screening
10 Reports
10.1 General
10.2 Preliminary investigation report
10.3 Field investigation report
Annex A (informative) Examples of site investigations
Annex B (informative) Example investigation objectives and applications
Annex C (informative) Health and safety in site investigations
Annex D (informative) The assessment and control of sampling uncertainty
Annex E (informative) Example gas monitoring well construction
Annex F (informative) Rapid field measurement methods
Annex G (informative) Laboratory analysis
Annex H (informative) Suitability of sample containers
Annex I (informative) Regulation of land contamination

List of figures
Figure 1 – Site investigation process in the management of land potentially affected by contamination
Figure 2 – Recommended approach to site investigation
Figure A.1 – Site plan: Example 1
Figure A.2 – Site plan: Example 2
Figure D.1 – Duplicate method sampling design
Figure E.1 – Example gas monitoring well construction
Figure G.1 – Good precision, negligible bias
Figure G.2 – Good precision, significant bias

List of tables
Table 1 – Typical objectives of different phases of an investigation
Table 2 – Scope of a preliminary investigation
Table 3 – Types of information available from regulatory authorities
Table 4 – Phasing groundwater investigations
Table 5 – Methods of non-intrusive investigation
Table 6 – Methods of intrusive investigation
Table 7 – Selection of suitable investigation method for different ground types
Table 8 – Physical requirements of different investigation methods
Table 9 – Types of sample
Table C.1 – Health and safety measures for site investigations
Table G.1 – Laboratory analyses
Table H.1 – Suitability of sample containers

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