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Method 6009


This method is for the determination of mercury by cold vapor atomic absorption (CVAA).  The sample is collected using a Hopcalite® tube.  After collection the tube is desorbed with concentrated HNO3/HCl at 25°C, diluted and then analyzed by CVAA.

The sorbent material irreversibly collects elemental mercury. A pre-filter can be used to exclude particulate mercury from the sample.  The prefilter can be analyzed by similar methodology if needed.

The working range of the method is 0.01 to 0.5 mg/m³ for a 10 L air sample.

NOTE: This method replaces NIOSH 6000 and its predecessors, which required a specialized desorption apparatus. This method is based on the method of Rathje and Marcero and is similar to the OSHA Method ID 145H.

(NIOSH Issue 2: 15 August 1994)

Method Data
Hold Times, Preservatives, Preps, Collection, Analytical & Documentation
Holding Time:   The method says the sample is stable for 30 days if kept at 25°C.
Preservatives:   Store samples at 25°C.
Required Preps:   Hopcalite tube, 200 mg, (SKC 226-17-1A)
Collection Method:   The method recommends a flow rate of 0.15 - 0.25 L/min. with a 2 - 100L sample collection volume.
Analytical Methodology:   CVAA
Documentation:   6009

Analyte List*
CAS Number
Detection Limit

* The analytes and detection limits listed for each method represent the typical detection limits and analytes reported for that particular method. Keep in mind that analyte lists may vary from laboratory to laboratory. Detection limits may also vary from lab to lab and are dependent upon the sample size, matrix, and any interferences that may be present in the sample.