Working Group Laboratories

The Laboratories group deals with issues surrounding testing, safety and quality that relate to the accurate analysis of the fluids, soils, gases and materials found in the ground.

Strategic Plan

To provide a focus for promoting best practice. To facilitate a group approach to identifying and resolving issues faced by laboratories. To be a forum for formulating unified industry responses to proposed changes in legislation and standards.

To encourage and assist Members to provide high quality, appropriate and reliable testing services.

Permanent objectives

  1. Provide a forum for discussion of commercial issues.
  2. Provide a forum for discussion of issues affecting the testing sector of the ground industry (eg Health and Safety accreditation training
  3. Facilitate co-ordination of industry views and comments on new legislation, regulations and standards. (eg current work in CEN/TC 341)
  4. Support external accreditation.


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Assessment and Control of Asbestos Risk in Soil - Part 2: Protection of Personnel working in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Laboratories

Published May 2021 This guidance is split into two parts; Part 1 provides information on the assessment and control of asbestos risk…

[WEBINAR REPLAY] Laboratory Assessment and Sampling Practice

   Laboratory Assessment and Sampling Practice is the first webinar organised by the AGS Laboratories Working Group, and will include presentations…

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AGS Interim Strategic Plan 2021

Published March 2021 This document is the AGS Interim Strategic Plan 2021.  

[WEBINAR REPLAY] Improving Company Performance through Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Improving Company Performance through Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is the AGS’ second webinar discussing this subject. The aim for all members and…

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[WEBINAR REPLAY] Urban Geoscience: opening up the industry to a more inclusive and diverse community

This inaugural webinar from the AGS will see Nick Koor, (University Geosciences UK Group and the Geological Society), discuss the decline of…

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AGS Guide to Environmental Sampling

Updated guide published in January 2019 (Original guide published in May 2010) This document is intended to provide practical guidance on the…


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Laboratory Assessment and Sampling Practice Webinar Summary

On 30th June, the AGS held their first webinar on the subject of laboratories, focusing on laboratory assessment and sampling practice. The…

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PFAS – the greatest challenge for the site investigation and laboratory industries?

Article provided by Geraint Williams, ALS Life Sciences, Member of the Contaminated Land and Laboratories Working Groups. “Forever chemicals”.  This is the…

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AGS Laboratories Working Group – Update

Will Fardon, who is the new Leader of the AGS Laboratories Working Group, has provided an update on the top issues the…

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AGS Helplines

Currently the AGS offer helplines to all Member companies and practitioners with respect to: the AGS Data Format (the discussion forum on…

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AGS Diversity Statement

The AGS is a non-profit trade association that is managed by elected individuals from member organisations, none of whom are paid by…

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AGS Awards 2020

Below are the list of recipients of this year’s AGS Awards. We would like to thank all Working Group participants for their…


Adrian Pearce UKAS
Bhavika Ramrakhyani Costain Limited
Billy O’Hara BAM Ritchies
Claire Stone I2 Analytical Limited
David Entwisle British Geological Survey
Dimitris Xirouchakis Structural Soils Ltd
Geraint Williams ALS Global
Jack Ross BAM Ritchies
John Masters Geolabs Ltd
John Powell Geolabs Ltd
Kevin Walker Soil Engineering
Liam McGahon SOCOTEC
Lynn Griffin Concept Engineering Consultants Ltd
Mark Beastall SOCOTEC
Martyn Bumstead Norfolk Partnership Laboratory
Michael Smith
Mike Varley The Environmental Laboratory
Mohamed Jaffer SOCOTEC
Paul Cathcart Ian Farmer Associates
Stephane Schiano Geotechnics Ltd
Terho Wilson Hixtra Ltd
Terry Stafford I2 Analytical Limited
Timon Greenwood Southern Testing Laboratories
Wendy Jones Geotechnical Engineering Ltd
AGS Laboratories WG Leader Will Fardon Eurofins Chemtest Ltd