SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1984

Analysis of Chemicals for Waste Disposal


The U.S. Army Environmental Hygiene Agency (USAEHA) is responsible for investigation of problems associated with the management of hazardous wastes for the U.S. Army. One type of disposal problem arises when an unlabeled container of material is located and disposal is desired. The sample is evaluated in the field by obtaining a history of the material to be disposed, the types of operations performed on the installation, and the length of time and conditions of storage. A proper sample is required, sufficient for analysis, but not so large as to create shipping and disposal problems for the laboratory. Qualitative test results, sample history, physical properties, required detection limits, regulations concerning disposal, and sample preparation are considered when choosing an appropriate method of analysis. An analytical scheme using a variety of instrumental techniques has been developed for the analysis of waste disposal samples. Quality control and good laboratory practices are employed in ensuring the accuracy of the complex analysis.

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Belkin, F
U.S. Army Environmental Hygiene Agency, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
Bishop, RW
U.S. Army Environmental Hygiene Agency, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
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Developed by Committee: D34
Pages: 42–47
DOI: 10.1520/STP32692S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-4916-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0405-1