Industrial hygiene measurements of airborne platinum
IPA sampling and analysis method
IPA Harmonised Methodology for the Sampling of Platinum in Workplace Atmospheres
Knowledge about workers exposures to platinum is crucial to understanding the associated risks as well as the effectiveness of implemented operational risk reduction measures. Various sampling and analysis methods of differing performance have historically been used to measure occupational platinum exposures.
IPA, in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin (USA), developed a method for use across the industry. A review of available equipment and procedures followed by testing of select combinations yielded a standard method for the sampling and analysis of soluble platinum with improved limits of detection.
The method is described in the IPA guidance document IPA Harmonised Methodology for the Sampling of Platinum in Workplace Atmospheres.
A summary of the University of Wisconsin report, and access to the full study report, is available via the link below.
Analytical proficiency testing programmes
Monitoring the performance of facilities using the IPA harmonized method through the regular participation in laboratory proficiency testing round robin exercises provides further assurance in the results obtained through industrial hygiene monitoring.