Explosives & chemical weapons

RPS have the capability to analyse a wide range of matrices, including: soils, sludges, waters, swabs,  building materials, tubes and filters for explosive residues. This service is supported by an in house team of explosives and unexploded ordnance experts, consultants and planners. RPS provides support  services to the decommissioning and remediation of explosively contaminated land and buildings  along with UKAS and MCERTS accredited licensed laboratory facilities.

Risk based assessments

As legislation and risk based assessments  continue to drive the requirement to  test for explosive residues, in support of  new planning and remediation projects,  more emphasis has been placed on lower detection limits and faster response times.

RPS can tailor the analysis package to fit  client’s requirements from on-site  clearance through to final confirmatory  testing, by using state of the art  instrumentation and analytical  techniques.

Soils and plant material can be brought  in for analysis from outside the European  Union by using our FERA plant health  licence.

RPS has a licence to acquire  and keep explosives and can  analyse a variety of related  explosive products including:  precursors, stabilizers, taggants, and degradation products.

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Chemical weapon residues

Although chemical weapons are no  longer used and are now regulated  under the Chemical Weapons  Convention, they are still found in areas  of former manufacturing, storage and  disposal. Every year numerous incidents  are reported where people have been  exposed to these chemicals through  contact with buried or sea dredged  ammunition, resulting from WWI/WWII  disposal activities. These chemicals cause  severe burns and blisters and are known  carcinogens.

RPS can offer screening for other  chemical agents and related chemicals in  soil, water, swabs and a variety of other  materials.The laboratory provides rapid  analysis of materials suspected of  containing blister agents and their  breakdown products such as:

  • Mustard gas H,Q & T
  • Lewisite I, II & III
  • Thiodiglycol
  • 1,4-Thioxane
  • 1,4-Dithiane

Explosives and propellants, typical analysis

  • Nitroglycerine
  • EGDN
  • RDX
  • HMX
  • TNT
  • HNS
  • Picrite
  • Picric Acid
  • Nitrocellulose
  • Ethyl centralite
  • Methyl centralite
  • 2-Amino-4,6-DNT
  • 4-Amino-2,6-DNT
  • Nitrobenzene Dinitro and trinitrobenzenes
  • Nitrotoluenes
  • Dinitrotoluenes
  • Hydrazine
  • Perchlorate
  • 2,4 & 2,6-Dinitroethylbenzene
  • 2,4,6-Trinitroethylbenzene

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