Explosives and chemical agents analysis
We support the Defence sector, enabling them to meet their objective of good environmental stewardship, and assisting contractors in the safe decommissioning and remediation of legacy sites.
- 2,4 & 2,6-Dinitroethylbenzene
- 2-Nitrosodiphenylamine (2-NDPA)
- Ethylene glycol dinitrate (EGDN)
- Ethyl centralite
- Hydroxylammonium perchlorate (HAP)
- Methyl centralite
- Nitro, dinitro and trinitrobenzenes
- Nitrocellulose (NC)
- Nitroglycerine (NG)
- Picric Acid
- Picrite (nitroguanadine)
- Polyethylene glycol dinitrate (PGDN)
- 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene (TNT)
Analysing chemical agents
Although chemical weapons are no longer permitted and are regulated under the Chemical Weapons Convention, they are still found in areas of former manufacturing, storage and disposal. Every year, several incidents are reported where people have been exposed to these chemicals through contact with buried or sea-dredged ammunition, resulting from World War I or World War II disposal activities.
These chemicals cause severe burns and blisters and are known carcinogens. RPS is licenced by the UK National Authority under the Chemicals Weapons Convention to hold Schedule 1, 2 and 3 chemicals and as well as precursors and degradation products.
We can offer screening and targeted analysis for chemical agents and related chemicals in soil, water, swabs and a variety of other materials. We can provide rapid analysis of materials suspected of containing blister agents and their breakdown products such as:
- Lewisite I, II & III
- Mustard gas H,Q & T