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Organic analyses

HSE is constantly improving current assays and developing new assays for the measurement of chemicals to support occupational exposure monitoring in various industrial sectors.

Routine organic analyses we carry out include:

  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) on thermal desorption tube (MDHS 104, UKAS accredited)
  • Formaldehyde on filters (MDHS 102, UKAS accredited)
  • Isocyanate on filters (MDHS 25)
  • Solder fume (MDHS 83)
  • Environmental tobacco smoke
  • Polymer identification
  • Weld through emissions (ISO 15011-5)
  • Diacetyl from food flavouring, fragrances and coffee manufacturing

Solvent or VOC exposure monitoring via simple diffusive sampling can help ensure that your control measures are working. Several types of diffusive sampling devices are available including the thermal desorption (TD) tube (shown below) which has been used for workplace air monitoring by HSE for many years.  As diffusive samplers do not require a sampling pump they are much easier to use and more reliable than pumped samplers.  TD tubes in particular are also small and unobtrusive to wear and can be used to sample a wide range of VOCs with parts per billion (ppb) limits of detection.  Pricing structures from single solvents and standard benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene (BTEX) analysis to multiple component solvent monitoring are available.

A diagram of a thermal desorption (TD) tube with labels showing the sampling direction, diffusion head, TD tube and end cap.

For further information on specific tests or to discuss your specific requirements in further detail, please contact Sample Registration.

To request an analysis or a quotation, please contact Sample Registration.

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