Derwentside Environmental Testing Services (DETS) has opened a Scottish office and laboratory services at BioCity Scotland in Newhouse.
The new laboratory facilities are equipped as a UKAS accredited asbestos laboratory, primarily for the identification and quantification of bulk materials and soil samples.
DETS’ first Scottish operation will act as a collection point for sample containers, collections and deliveries, and a drop off point for customers using other services within the group company.
Bill French has been appointed team leader and the firm expects to create three new jobs within the next year.
DETS managing director Richard Bennett said: “The opening of our Scottish lab continues our strategy of being close to our customers to give them the best possible services.
“Where ground is being reclaimed for new development and construction, and may have had heavy industrial use in their past, waste products or remaining residues may present a hazard to the environment they are in.
“Our services determine the waste classification, and support contaminated land management provision.
“We can provide rapid turnaround of test results to our clients who need a transparent and defensible audit trail to reduce risk to the environment, individuals and the company.
“Accurate classification of the presence of potential pollutants and advice and costings for their disposal are essential services for environmental consultancies, risk assessors and contaminated land offices within local authorities.”
BioCity Scotland managing director Fraser Black added: “I extend a warm welcome to the team from DETS joining us here at BioCity Scotland. Their presence continues to add to the diversity of companies using our highly equipped facilities.”