Advice on tests required for service station assessment

Updated: 26 February 2003

A list of tests to use for soils or waters suspected of hydrocarbon contamination. If the analysis returns 'fractions' of hydrocarbons, then consider that petrol = C6+C9, kerosene = C10+C18, diesel = C12+C18 and lubricating oils are >C18.    

Type of petroleum product Tests required
Unleaded petrol BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, xylene) and TPH - Gasoline
Regular petrol, super petrol, aviation gasoline BTEX, TPH – Gasoline, Lead
Fuel oil, diesel, kerosene, jet fuels, mineral oil/spirits, motor oil BTEX, TPH – Fuel Oil, PAH’s
Waste oil, waste petroleum products BTEX, TPH – Fuel Oil, Lead, Chromium, Cadmium, PCB’s, Phenols, PAH’s
Unknown petroleum of hydrocarbon mixture BTEX, TPH – Gasoline, TPH – Fuel Oil, Lead, Chromium, Cadmium, Phenols, PAH’s
Crude oil, hydraulic fluid TPH – Fuel Oil, PAH’s
Goal gasification PAH’s

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