POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION OF MICROGRAM QUANTITIES OF ASBESTOS USING INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY

Authors
  1. Luoma, G.
  2. Yee, L.K.
  3. Rowland, R.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Pacific, Victoria BC (CAN)
Abstract
Because it is highly toxic and carcinogenic to exposed workers, much recent interest has been expressed in identifying and quantifying small amounts of asbestos in many materials. The present report shows that infrared spectroscopy can be used to identify absolutely microgram quantities of various asbestos types in all normally encountered samples. When combined with simple purification procedures, it can be used for largely non-asbestos mixtures. Finally, when combined with present day microcomputer systems, automatic semiquantitative identification of mixtures of different asbestos types can be made.
Report Number
MAT-R-81-C —
Date of publication
15 Sep 1981
Number of Pages
32
DSTKIM No
82-03188
CANDIS No
37561
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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