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Soil Testing

Originally published: March 6, 2014
Updated: September 2, 2016

Until recently we were able to test material for lead and other heavy metals using our handheld X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (XRF) instrument. Lead Safe America Foundation is not currently accepting soil samples or personal items to test. We are currently restructuring, and as a result we are unable to process samples sent to us at this time. 

We do recommend some alternative options.

  • The University of Massachusetts Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing Lab has a quick turnaround and a very reasonable fee. Reach them at
  • You can also contact your local health department to see if they have a connection to a professional in your community with an XRF to test personal items.
  • If you require immediate results, we recommend you hire a certified hazard assessor in your area, or send things in to an accredited lab.
  • sells kits that allow you to collect samples and send them in for testing.  Results from are then provided via email.

We are sorry for any inconvenience that this causes you, and we are considering options for future service in this area.

Thank you for understanding.

Richard Seymour
Interim Executive Director
Lead Safe America Foundation







5 Responses to Soil Testing

  1. Patrick September 2, 2015 at 7:49 pm #

    Hello, can you test ashes for Arsenic? I would like to test ashes from a burn pile that may have contained some CCA treated wood.
    Thank you,

  2. Stan Starr December 31, 2015 at 7:15 pm #

    Will your testing work on soil with “legacy” pesticide contamination? I spent the day getting quotes from testing labs in our area. I live in a agricultural area of the lower Hood River valley that was likely heavily sprayed with lead/ arsenic pesticides from 1900-50. I need help evaluating the soil before I begin farming my 3.5 acres.

  3. Jordan February 5, 2016 at 5:21 am #

    Chemtech is an accredited NELAP EPA CLP full service laboratory for soil, water and air analysis all under one roof. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for all your laboratory needs!

    • Tamara February 11, 2016 at 7:49 am #

      And we’d love for you to join us as an Honor Roll supporter, Jordan/Chemtech! 🙂

  4. John Garcia April 23, 2016 at 1:35 pm #

    Is there anyone in Florida that can help us? We live near an old landfill that has tested for 20 times over ctl’s for Lead, mercury, benzene and other toxins. Now they are putting homes in the area… Local DEP and County Commission refuse to test for these toxins and only did surface testing to get approvals. I have testing form 2003 till 2007 showing illegal levels of lead, under the surface. These plumes have not been located or tracked and homes will be built over the next few months. I need someone who can state that this is dangerous to a judge – i do not want children to be effected by this lead, and never know what hit them. If you know anyone around Sarasota Florida that can help, please let me know. Thanks

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