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    ASTM E2014 - 17

    Standard Guide on Metallographic Laboratory Safety

    Active Standard ASTM E2014 | Developed by Subcommittee: E04.01

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.01

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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This guide is intended as a summary of safety practices in the metallography laboratory. It can be used as a training reference for those new to the field of metallography and as a refresher to those who are experienced.

    4.2 This guide is not intended to be inclusive of all safety concerns encountered in a metallographic laboratory. Several books that provide safety information are available (1-15).5

    4.3 Before operating any equipment, it is advisable to read and understand the accompanying manuals and to follow any specified safety guidelines.

    4.4 Safety data sheets (SDS) for chemicals being used in a laboratory should be on file and readily accessible. When working with any chemicals, especially for the first time, one should review the SDS supplied by the manufacturer and follow any safety guidelines suggested. The most current and applicable SDS should be on file for a given product or chemical.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide outlines the basic safety guidelines to be used in a metallographic laboratory. Safe working habits are discussed for various tasks performed in a metallographic laboratory.

    1.2 The sections appear in the following order:





    Referenced Documents




    Significance and Use




    Heat Treating


    Specimen Preparation/Sectioning


    Specimen Mounting


    Mechanical Grinding/Polishing


    Chemical Safety


    Electrolytic Polishing/Etching


    Sulfur Printing


    Laboratory Ventilation/Fume Hoods


    Chemical Spills




    X ray/Electron Microscopy


    Laboratory Ergonomics


    Disposal of Residues




    1.3 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.

    1.4 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

    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

    E3 Guide for Preparation of Metallographic Specimens

    E7 Terminology Relating to Metallography

    E340 Practice for Macroetching Metals and Alloys

    E407 Practice for Microetching Metals and Alloys

    E883 Guide for ReflectedLight Photomicrography

    E1180 Practice for Preparing Sulfur Prints for Macrostructural Evaluation

    E1558 Guide for Electrolytic Polishing of Metallographic Specimens

    ANSI Standard

    ANSI/AIHA Z9.5 Laboratory Ventelation

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.040.20 (Laboratory ware and related apparatus)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code

    Referencing This Standard
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    DOI: 10.1520/E2014-17

    Citation Format

    ASTM E2014-17, Standard Guide on Metallographic Laboratory Safety, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2017, www.astm.org

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