About Us


The Environmental Laboratory Ltd was established in 2003 and acquired by the Sigma-HSE Ltd in 2013. With over 35 years’ experience in the chemical analysis of contaminated land and water. We have experts on hand to discuss your analysis requirements and provide expert advice on sample collection and retention times to avoid deviating results. We provide dedicated Client Liaison Support to ensure complete satisfaction with our service delivery and a Report evaluation team including two Chartered Chemists who review report data and check QA information to ensure data integrity. Our Customer Service Team is always happy to discuss work progress on existing projects or develop a quote for any special testing you may have.

As a company The Environmental Laboratory (ELAB) is dedicated to producing accurate results in the timescale required by the client and to maintain a single point of contact. We pride ourselves on achieving agreed deadlines and are happy to increase input to these jobs so to maintain these goals. It is also our policy to use the most up to date equipment and instrumentation, which, along with our UKAS accreditation status means that your results will be accurate and reproducible.

Our major clients include Site Investigation, Consulting Engineers, Remediation Contractors, Local Government Bodies and Environmental Consultants.

The Environmental Laboratory Ltd (ELAB) is based in St Leonards on Sea and currently employs 25 staff, including Chartered Chemists and experienced laboratory technicians.

Equipment and technologies currently in use includes:

  • ICP-MS with ISIS discrete sampling
  • High Pressure Liquid chromatography (HPLC)
  • High Pressure Ion Chromatography
  • Analytical TOC/DOC instruments
  • Automated flow injection analysers
  • Total Carbon and Total Sulphur soil analyser
  • GC FID chromatographs
  • Gas Chromatograph with Mass Spec (GC-MS)
  • Headspace GC-MS
  • Hybrid dual Headspace/GC-MS
  • GC-GC with two dimensional GC-FID

We also have a laboratory dedicated to the analysis of asbestos in soils

With over 30 years experience in the chemical analysis of contaminated land and water, we have experts on hand to discuss required analysis and also the reports which are produced. Our Business Development Manager has 15 years in similar positions and also oversees reporting. He is always happy to discuss work progress or any new projects or special testing you may have.

As a company The Environmental Laboratory (ELAB) is dedicated to producing accurate results in the timescale required by the client and, to this end, we are happy to work a weekend shift if notified in advance of urgent turnaround. It is also policy to use only the most up to date equipment and instrumentation, which, along with our accreditation status means that our results will be high quality and reliability delivered.

Our major clients include Consulting Engineers, Remediation Contractors, Local Government Bodies and Environmental Consultants.

The Environmental Laboratory Ltd was established in 2003 and acquired by the Sigma-HSE Group in 2013.