ICP OES Standard Prep

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Beer Tester
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ICP OES Standard Prep

Our company has just invested in a new Thermo Fisher iCap6300 and ive been put in charge of method development and integration.

As I am very new to this field of work I just wanted to get some idea of how to handle the 1000ppm standards I have to buy in for Arsenic and Mercury.

I have never had to deal with poisons before and wanted to ensure everything is done correctly.

I have the MSDS for these products but to be honest it doesnt tell you how to use these chemicals in this kind of application.

Many Thanks in advance

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Biggest piece of advise we

Biggest piece of advise we can give you is not to drink them :)

All joking aside, general good laboratory practises concerning SHE-regulation should be utilized: wearing gloves, a lab coat and safety glasses.
Disposal of chemical waste should be according to your local regulatory guidelines/requisites (most commonly it's picked up separately, after which it's incinerated)

RyanATC's picture
 In 1000ppm concentrations,

 In 1000ppm concentrations, neither should be overly dangerous for normal use. The As in particular should be no issue, especially after further dilutions. Mercury may pose more of a problem, but again, in solution at 1000ppm it is most likely also fairly safe so long as you follow basic lab safety. I assume they are both in a nitric acid matrix (probably around 2-5%)? That tend to increase the stability quite a bit as well.