Research and analysis

Contaminants in soil: assessing the ecological risk

Structured approach to assessing the risks to ecology from chemical contamination in soils.


An Ecological Risk Assessment Framework for contaminants in soil

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


The Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) Framework for contaminated soils has been developed by the Environment Agency in collaboration with Defra, Natural England, Welsh Assembly Government, the Countryside Council for Wales, local authorities and industry.

Published 1 October 2008