Accuracy of the Analytical Balance is Critical for Accurate Data Collection

Accuracy of the Analytical Balance is Critical for Accurate Data Collection

Accuracy of the Analytical Balance is Critical for Accurate Data Collection

Earlier we’d blogged about quality standardization in waste water treatment facilities’ labs.  This EPA handbook goes even deeper and provides you with guidelines for analytical quality control in the waste water labs.  Note that the handbook is useful both for wastewater as well as for water labs.  One particular area of concern is the care and maintenance of the analytical balance.  This is important since the accuracy of all data in the analytical lab will depend on the accuracy of the balance. The handbook lists specific do’s and don’ts that will aid you in maintaining your balances.  The information in this handbook is still valid even though the document is slightly dated (1979 to be precise).  Thus, you will find mentions of the balance beam, the predecessor of the modern analytical balance.  Those can be safely ignored unless you still have one of them in service!

For further information visit www.epa.gov.

About Bob Sandor

Bob began working as a chemist in 1987 and remains a science geek to this day. After his PhD he worked on the bench in materials and inorganic chemistry for 10 years. He then took on a love for marketing and sales. He combined his passion for science and business and took entrepreneur general management positions in large corporations like Hoecsht Celanese now Sanofi Aventis, Bel-Art and Smiths Detection. There he learned what it would take to run a business and finally Tovatech was co-founded in 2006. Bob’s hobbies include playing, listening and composing music, skiing, working out, the internet and all things science. Read More