BS 8601:2013 Specification for subsoil and requirements for use

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BS 8601:2013

Specification for subsoil and requirements for use

Status : Confirmed, Current   Published : December 2013



What is this standard about?

It’s important that soil is lifted, transported, stored and spread carefully as damage during handling can result in a rapid deterioration in the functions soil provides. This standard outlines the best ways to handle subsoils that are moved or traded in order to support plant growth. 

Who is this standard for?

  • Local authorities
  • Environment agencies (e.g. EA, SEPA, NRW etc)
  • Those involved in moving subsoils or creating soil profiles
  • Subsoil analysts

Why should you use this standard? 

It specifies requirements for the classification, composition and use of subsoils which are moved or traded to create soil profiles intended to support plant growth. 

It specifies requirements for multipurpose subsoil which is fit for the majority of needs and also specific purpose subsoils that are acidic or calcareous for specialist use where acidic or calcareous soil profiles are required. 

It also specifies requirements for sampling and analysing subsoil.

Standard NumberBS 8601:2013
TitleSpecification for subsoil and requirements for use
StatusConfirmed, Current
Publication Date31 December 2013
Confirm Date02 November 2018
Cross ReferencesBS 7755-5.6:1999, ISO 11272:1998, BS EN 12579:2000, BS EN ISO 3696:1995, BS ISO 10390:2005, BS ISO 11277:2009, BS ISO 16729:2013, BS 1377-2:1990, BS 3882, BS EN ISO/IEC 17025, Environmental Protection Act 1990, Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, Waste Management Licensing Regulations 1994
Draft Superseded By13/30209661 DC
DescriptorsClassification systems, Soil classification tests, Soil profile, Subsoil, Soil improvement, Soils, Soil testing, Soil science, Soil sampling, Specifications
ISBN978 0 580 69112 6
File Size345 KB

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