We regularly analyse dust samples of various types and origins, ranging from bulk samples of general environmental dust that has been collected in a workplace environment such as a warehouse or workshop, to very small amounts of dust collected onto filters during air quality testing or Cleanliness Testing.
Depending on the customers’ requirements we can aim to identify:
Particle Identification using Optical Microscopy, information can be gained on a sample based on the optical characteristics of the particulate, images are recorded, scaled and reported.
Elemental Composition Analysis of a sample using X-Ray Fluorescence, XRF can be used to detect elements heavier than sodium and lighter than uranium on the periodic table, this excludes carbon and oxygen and so cannot be used to positively identify the majority of organic materials. Due to the versatility of the Horiba XGT-7000 X-Ray Analytical Microscope, bulk samples can be analysed as well as individual particles down to 50microns on a membrane filter.
The report aims to provide comments on the materials found and possible sources of contamination. Any hazardous materials are also reported.