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Book: Soil Science Step-by-Step Field Analysis
Published by: Soil Science Society of America

 

This chapter in SOIL SCIENCE STEP-BY-STEP FIELD ANALYSIS

  1.  p. 49-56
     
    Soil Science Step-by-Step Field Analysis

    Sally Logsdon, Dave Clay, Demie Moore and Teferi Tsegaye (ed.)

    ISBN: 978-0-89118-856-8

     

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doi:10.2136/2008.soilsciencestepbystep.c4

Safety Protocols for Soil Sampling

  1. John Simon
  1. Simon & Assoc., Inc. P.O. Box 10007 Blacksburg, VA 24062 (www.simonassoc.com) (DRPERK@aol.com)

Summary

Summary

Many people believe that soil sampling contains little risk, but this is not true. Soil sampling techniques available involve shovels, hand augers, backhoe pits, hydraulic direct push probes, and drill rigs that advance hollow stem augers. Some of the potential risks include sampling in areas containing buried utilities, pit cave-in, equipment failure, dehydration, muscle skeletal injury, and allergic reactions to plants and insect stings. The purpose of this section is to discuss the applicability of soil sampling methods and key safety issues associated with these methods. Each of these methods can have significant safety hazards, some of which can result in long-term injury or death. The safety protocols presented should be a starting point for project planning.

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