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

  • No methods posted for review.

Methods Awaiting Director’s Approval

  • No methods awaiting for Director's approval.

Methods Approved By Director

  1. 17α-Ethinylestradiol (EE2) in Water by LC/MS/MS – PBM (PDF)
  2. Alcohols in Soil and Water - PBM (PDF)
  3. Asbestos in Soil - PBM (PDF)
  4. Asbestos in Water by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) - Prescriptive (PDF)
  5. Chlorinated and Non-Chlorinated Phenols in Soil – PBM (PDF)
  6. Cyanide Analysis (Total, WAD, Free) (PDF)
  7. Cyanide by Manual Distillation (PDF)
  8. Digestion for Total Metals in Water - Prescriptive (PDF)
  9. Diisopropanolamine (DIPA in Water and Soil Samples by HPLC - PDM (PDF)
  10. Extractable Petroleum Hydrocarbons (EPH) in Solids by GC/FID (PDF)
  11. Extractable Petroleum Hydrocarbons (EPH) in Water by GC/FID (PDF)
  12. Glycols in Soil and Water - PBM (PDF)
  13. Liquid-Solid Partitioning (Leachability) as a Function of pH (Metals, Inorganics, and SVOCs) – Prescriptive (PDF)
  14. Liquid-Solid Partitioning (Leachability) of VOCs - Prescriptive (PDF)
  15. Methylmercury in Soil or Sediment (PDF)
  16. Methylmercury in Water (PDF)
  17. Nonylphenols and Ethoxylates in Soil by LC/MS/MS/ (PDF)
  18. Nonylphenols and Ethoxylates in Water by LC/MS/MS/ (PDF)
  19. PAH Soil by Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) (PDF)
  20. PAH Water by Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) (PDF)
  21. Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Soils by LC/MS/MS – PBM (PDF) (PDF)
  22. Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Water by LC/MS/MS – PBM (PDF)
  23. Phenols Chlorinated & Non-Chlorinated Water (PDF)
  24. Strong Acid Leachable Metals (SALM) in Soil - Prescriptive (PDF)
  25. Sulfolane in Water and Soil Samples - PBM (PDF)
  26. Trace Metals Analysis by ICP-MS (PDF)
  27. Volatile Hydrocarbons (VH) in Waters by GC/FID – PBM (PDF)
  28. Volatile Organic Compounds in Soil (PDF)
  29. Volatile Organic Compounds Water (PDF)