360 Dust Analysis

Frequently asked questions

Some answers to our most frequently asked questions

General Questions

What is the turnaround time for VegeSafe soil testing?

We strive to provide a fast turnaround time (3 - 5 weeks) for our participants. However, we can often be busy with other academic duties at Macquarie University such as teaching, research, field visits and conferences. If you have previously submitted soil samples and are concerned that you have not yet received your results, please contact us.

How many samples will my donation cover?

Your donation covers up to five samples, it is not per sample. You can make a donation to support our program.

Are my results normal?

Check out our global map at Map My Environment. This mapping tool allows you to zoom to your area and compare soil and dust trace element concentrations. The data you see is from VegeSafe and DustSafe (with points double-jittered to protect participant privacy). If there isn't any data in your area, then be the first and send us a sample! 

I live nearby, can I drop off my samples?

Due to the current COVID-19 situation we ask that all participants mail their samples to us. We apologise for any inconvenience.

How do I get my results?

The results of your soil analysis will be emailed to you. Keep an eye on your junk inbox as sometimes the email can be found there. If it has been 3 - 5 weeks and you have not received an email, please contact us.

What is VegeSafe?

VegeSafe is a community science participation program run by Environmental Science staff at Macquarie University. We are the only service of this kind in Australia!

We seek to inform the community about metal and metalloid contaminants in their garden soil through our soil metal testing program. By participating, you will receive a formal report containing the results of your soil analysis, and advice about what to do next in the event of soils containing elevated concentrations of metals and metalloids (arsenic (As); cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), manganese (Mn), lead (Pb), nickel (Ni), zinc (Zn).

We accept soil samples from all Australian states and territories. Due to quarantine regulations we cannot accept soils from overseas.

The principal staff involved are Professor Mark P. Taylor and our lab technicians Ms Kara Fry and Mr Max Mclennan-Gillings.

For 6 years VegeSafe has been operating as a service to all Australians. In order to keep the program running and accessible to all, we ask for a small donation. This donation covers the time involved and the cost of soil analysis and laboratory consumables. We ask if you could please consider providing a donation to support the work of the program, starting from $20. Please note: your donation covers up to five samples submitted, it is not per sample.

A $20 donation to support our program can be made at the following link: Support VegeSafe

VegeSafe

What is VegeSafe?

VegeSafe is a community science participation program run by Environmental Science staff at Macquarie University. We are the only service of this kind in Australia!

We seek to inform the community about metal and metalloid contaminants in their garden soil through our soil metal testing program. By participating, you will receive a formal report containing the results of your soil analysis, and advice about what to do next in the event of soils containing elevated concentrations of metals and metalloids (arsenic (As); cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), manganese (Mn), lead (Pb), nickel (Ni), zinc (Zn).

We accept soil samples from all Australian states and territories. Due to quarantine regulations we cannot accept soils from overseas.

The principal staff involved are Professor Mark P. Taylor and our lab technicians Ms Kara Fry and Mr Max Mclennan-Gillings.

For 6 years VegeSafe has been operating as a service to all Australians. In order to keep the program running and accessible to all, we ask for a small donation. This donation covers the time involved and the cost of soil analysis and laboratory consumables. We ask if you could please consider providing a donation to support the work of the program, starting from $20. Please note: your donation covers up to five samples submitted, it is not per sample.

A $20 donation to support our program can be made at the following link: Support VegeSafe.

DustSafe

What is DustSafe?

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Northumbria University
Australian Federal Government
ABOUT US

The 360 Dust Analysis program is a global research initiative to collect and analyse data on contaminants of concern that may be harmful to human health in homes and gardens.

CONTACT US

dustsafe@mq.edu.au

ee.dustsafe@northumbria.ac.uk

LOCATIONS

Macquarie University, NSW, Australia.

Northumbria University, Newcastle, United Kingdom.

IUPUI, Indianapolis, United States.

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