Lead-based paint analysis
Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS)
A wide variety of inorganic elements and matrices are analyzed by atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS). AAS is the method of choice for precise quantitative determination of single elements in air, water, soil, paint and other matrices. The laboratory's primary instruments are equipped with flame and graphite furnace analytical capability. Flame analysis is suitable for most analytes and matrices including paint, wipes, soils and air samples. Graphite furnace procedures dramatically decrease detection limits and are appropriate when testing drinking water and some elements other than lead. The laboratory also maintains a mercury analyzer with excellent detection limits for mercury in a variety of matrices. All instruments are fully complemented with microwaves, hot plates, and other sample preparation equipment.
Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectroscopy (ICP)
ICP provides the laboratory with the ability to analyze multiple inorganic elements simultaneously. This technique is excellent for detecting multiple metals in all types of matrices. ICP-AES is an effective industrial hygiene tool when investigating content of multiple metals in welding fumes, paint pigments, or water. In addition to industrial hygiene analyses, ICP-AES is the primary analytical technique used when performing regulated hazardous waste characterization, such as Cal-WET CAM 17 or RCRA 8.
Forensic Analytical, 3777 Deport Road Suite 409, Hayward, CA 94545. Tel: 800-827-3274; Fax: 510-887-4218.