BC Environmental Laboratory Manual

In cooperation with the B.C. Environmental Laboratory Technical Advisory Committee, the Ministry of Environment has produced the 2015 edition of the British Columbia Environmental Laboratory Manual. New or updated methods included in the 2015 edition are listed below.

The manual is available as a PDF in nine sections for ease of access:

New or Updated Methods included in the 2015 Edition

  • Section A
    Sample Preservation & Holding Time Requirements Table
    2.17 Control Limits
  • Section B
     Colour, True, Single Wavelength PBM
    Cyanide in Soils by Sodium Hydroxide
    Total Organic Carbon in Soil/Sediment by Combustion (PBM)  
  • Section C
    Digestion for Total Metals in Water – Prescriptive
    Strong Acid Leachable Metals (SALM) in Soil – Prescriptive
    Metals in Animal Tissue and Vegetation (Biota)
  • Section D
    Calculation of Light and Heavy Extractable Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Solids or Water (LEPH & HEPH)
    Calculation of Volatile Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Solids, Waters, or Air (Vapour) – VPH
    Extractable Petroleum Hydrocarbons (EPH) in Water by GC/FID
    Oil and Grease in Water by Hexane Extraction and Gravimetry – PBM
    Volatile Organic Compounds in Solids – PBM
    Volatile Hydrocarbons in Soil by GC/FID

Methods Posted for Review

  1. Asbestos in Water by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) - Draft - Prescriptive
  2. Liquid-Solid Partitioning (Leachability) of VOCs – Prescriptive
  3. Perfluorinated Alkyl Acids (PFAA) in Soils by LC/MS/MS - PBM
  4. Perfluorinated Alkyl Acids (PFAA) in Water by LC/MS/MS - PBM

Methods Awaiting Director’s Approval

  • No methods awaiting director's approval.

Methods Approved By Director

  • Currently under revision (August 29th, 2017).