LQM is a specialist environmental consultancy based in Nottingham (UK) with an international reputation for assessing and managing the risks posed to human health and the environment by contaminants in soil. Increasingly this is being done within a context of sustainable development and specifically sustainable brownfield regeneration.

We provide consultancy, peer review and expert witness services, contract research and training courses on all aspects of the management of land contamination to problem holders, developers and local government.

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Introduction to Chemistry for Contaminated Land

Contaminant chemistry is vital to understanding the potential health impacts of contaminants, the likely exposure routes and the fate and transport processes that will drive (or limit) their migration through soil, air and water. Such information is an absolute requirement for ensuring that all potentially significant contaminant linkages are included in the site conceptual model.

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The course will teach delegates:

  • basic molecular properties and bonding types;
  • the fundamental principles of radioactivity;
  • some key inorganic contaminants;
  • hands-on investigation of organic contaminants using molecular models;
  • composition of petroleum hydrocarbons;
  • range of commonly used analytical techniques; and
  • basic principles of equilibrium partitioning / phase interactions and how chemicals behave in the ground.
By the end of the course you should be better able to:
  • interpret analytical results;
  • recognise different types of contamination and understand their likely behaviour in the environment;
  • identify key exposure and migration pathways that should be considered for different contaminants;
  • identify considerations affecting the selection of sampling and analysis techniques during site investigation.
All delegates will be issued with a Certificate of Attendance – which should be retained and used to provide evidence of CPD activity when required by employers or professional bodies.

The courses will be of relevance to:


  • Regulatory and local authority staff involved with contaminated land issues
  • Consultants
  • Problem holders and developers needing a more in-depth understanding of contaminated land issues
  • Anyone producing contaminated land reports
  • Anyone reviewing third party reports
Location Date Place Cost Places
Nottingham (Private Sector) TBC £285.00 8
Nottingham (Public sector) TBC £170.00 12


Note: All prices exclude VAT, which we are obliged to charge at the prevailing rate

DISCOUNTS (please read carefully) *:
  1. 20% discount for orders paid by a debit orcredit card is automatically applied when selected at Paymentotherwise select invoice and pay the non-discount price.
  2. Public sector  rates only apply to qualifying organisations (i.e. Local Authorities, Health Authorities, the Environment Agency, SEPA, etc.).
  3. LQM may occasionally issue other promotions & vouchers.  Please note only one voucher can be used per order.
  4. LQM reserve the right to modify charges if the above discount rules are not followed.

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Can't make these dates?  Have lots of potential delegates? Have you considered hosting this course for your staff? Or commissioning a bespoke course to meet your training needs?

Feedback comments have included:

Feb 2019

"Hands on maked it make more sense"

"Good overview of various aspects of chemistry"

"All of it was good and helpful. Introduction to chemistry was a great refresher. All things hydrocarbon will be very useful"

"We try and send [all our new engineers] on at some point as I think this course is excellent"  (Consultant) 

June 2017

"Helped to explain concepts heard at work" (Consultant)

"Good coverage of basics as a refresher" (Consultant)

"Very good notes package" (Consultant)

"Organic chemistry was really helpful in my understanding" (Consultant)

May 2016

“I feel like I got a lot out of today and will definitely help understanding lab certificates! The run-through the common chemical contaminants and lab analytical techniques were perhaps the most useful. The handouts will no doubt be used as a reference resource when back at the office. The introduction module served as a timely reminder / refresh of the basics.” (Consultant)

“Practical’s & handouts comprehensive” (Consultant)

“Very wide ranging in both organic & inorganic chemistry & how they relate to contaminated land” (Consultant)

“Good course – helped me process the basics whilst keeping it related to contaminated land aspects” (Consultant)

“Good recap of theoretical chemistry” (Consultant)

May 2015

“I thoroughly enjoyed the partitioning example using the food dye and tumeric.” (Consultant)

“Linking knowledge to contaminated land.” (Consultant)

May & June 2013

"Practical molecule exercise, detailing use of chemicals in industry & how they degrade"

"Playing with Balls!"

"Explanation of an unfamiliar subject"

"Molecular models really helped to understand the molecules"

"Practicals were good fun and very informative a helpful."

"Refreshing knowledge on the basics + from understanding that increasing my knowledge of new information"

"excellent teaching style"

"Models hands on meant I grasped the compounds more quickly than just viewing slides. was a good after lunch activity - the 'graveyard' shift can be tough to keep people engaged"

"Richard made what can be a fairly dry subject interesting + kept my attention until the end."

"Easy to ask questions"

April 2013

"good presenter, relevant material, useful handouts"

"good base knowledge"

"enjoyed the practical element, definitely made me understand better than just looking at diagrams"

"A lot to digest! But it was very well simplified... Very useful, thanks!"


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