ASTM D3645 - 08

    Standard Test Methods for Beryllium in Water

    Active Standard ASTM D3645 | Developed by Subcommittee: D19.05

    Book of Standards Volume: 11.01

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    Significance and Use

    These test methods are significant because the concentration of beryllium in water must be measured accurately in order to evaluate potential health and environmental effects.

    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods cover the determination of dissolved and total recoverable beryllium in most waters and wastewaters:


    Test Method AAtomic Absorption, Direct10 to 500 μg/L 7 to 16
    Test Method BAtomic Absorption, Graphite Furnace10 to 50 μg/L17 to 25

    1.2 The analyst should direct attention to the precision and bias statements for each test method. It is the user's responsibility to ensure the validity of these test methods for waters of untested matrices.

    1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. For specific hazard statements, see Section 12 and 23.4.

    7.1 This test method is applicable in the range from 10 to 500 μg/L of beryllium. The range may be extended upward by dilution of the sample.

    7.2 The precision and bias data were obtained on reagent water, tap water, salt water, river water, lake water, spring water, and untreated wastewater. The information on precision and bias may not apply to other waters. It is the user's responsibility to ensure the validity of this test method for waters of untested matrices.

    17.1 This test method covers the determination of dissolved and total recoverable beryllium in most waters and wastewaters.

    17.2 This test method is applicable in the range from 10 to 50 μg/L of beryllium using a 20-μL injection. The range can be increased or decreased by varying the volume of sample injected or the instrumental settings. High concentrations may be diluted but preferably should be analyzed by direct-aspiration atomic-absorption spectrophotometry.

    17.3 This test method has been used successfully with reagent water, lake water, river water, well water, filtered tap water, and a condensate from a medium Btu coal gasification process. It is the user's responsibility to ensure validity of this test method to waters of untested matrices.

    17.4 The analyst is encouraged to consult Practice D 3919 for a general discussion of interferences and sample analysis procedures for graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrophotometry.

    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D858 Test Methods for Manganese in Water

    D1068 Test Methods for Iron in Water

    D1129 Terminology Relating to Water

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    D1687 Test Methods for Chromium in Water

    D1688 Test Methods for Copper in Water

    D1691 Test Methods for Zinc in Water

    D1886 Test Methods for Nickel in Water

    D2777 Practice for Determination of Precision and Bias of Applicable Test Methods of Committee D19 on Water

    D3370 Practices for Sampling Water from Closed Conduits

    D3557 Test Methods for Cadmium in Water

    D3558 Test Methods for Cobalt in Water

    D3559 Test Methods for Lead in Water

    D3919 Practice for Measuring Trace Elements in Water by Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry

    D4841 Practice for Estimation of Holding Time for Water Samples Containing Organic and Inorganic Constituents

    D5810 Guide for Spiking into Aqueous Samples

    D5847 Practice for Writing Quality Control Specifications for Standard Test Methods for Water Analysis

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.060.50 (Examination of water for chemical substances)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code

    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D3645-08

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D3645-08, Standard Test Methods for Beryllium in Water, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2008,

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