Soil and Land Management

Soil and land management is a sub-theme of resource management.

Soil is a resource whose importance has been ignored for a very long time, with serious implications. Soil is being washed away, or contaminated faster than it is being replenished, and this has seriously impacted food production around the world. Soil erosion is one of the biggest environmental problems the world faces, second only to population growth.

Soil and land management encompasses standards in the field of soil quality, soil pollution and soil as a resource, including its protection, classification, definition of terms, sampling of soils, measurement and reporting of soil characteristics. It focuses on soils in situ and soil materials intended for reuse in or on soils. The standards in this area cover the physical, chemical and biological processes that make up soil systems.


Standards in this area provide organizations with:

  • Requirements and guidance on how to protect soil
  • Effective, practical and efficient site investigation methods
  • Identification of potential contamination issues which may affect soil development
  • Contamination assessment and remediation
  • Identify risks arising from the presence of contamination
  • Carry out sampling, field testing and laboratory analysis
  • Risk assessment of a potentially contaminated site


Links to standards related to Soil and Land Management

BS 8576

Guidance on investigations for ground gas. Permanent gases and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

BS 10175

Investigation of potentially contaminated sites. Code of practice.

BS 8485

Code of practice for the design of protective measures for methane and carbon dioxide ground gases for new buildings.

BS 3882

Specification for topsoil and requirements for use.

BS 8601

Specification for subsoil and requirements for use.