Environmental testing can identify and quantify compounds and pollutants in air, water, or soil. Alternatively, environmental testing can verify that a product or piece of equipment will perform as expected once it is out in the world. This can take the form of climate testing (e.g. temperature or humidity) or mechanical testing (e.g. measuring shock or vibration).
Key Applications of Environmental Testing
Environmental test equipment is used in a variety of environments including:
- Environmental Chemical Testing,
- Public health and safety,
- Field testing,
- Petroleum, among others.
Importance of Environmental Testing
The increased worldwide attention focused on environmental testing has heightened demand for instrumentation, including sensitive analytical tests to identify pesticides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
Types of Environmental Testing Equipment
Key instrumentation used in and out of the lab include sample prep equipment, temperature chambers
, biofuel analyzers
, and stability chambers
; and particle counters
, pH meters
, and refractometers
, often in handheld versions for field testing. GC systems
, and software are also commonly used in environmental testing, along with HPLC
systems for carbamate and explosives analysis.
However, depending on your application and budget, there are various solutions available in the market to meet the demands in and outside of the laboratory testing environment.
Reliable testing and certification are paramount when investigating testing methods and equipment, making health and quality standards, QA/QC, and regulatory approval (e.g. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ASTM, etc.).
Newsworthy in Environmental Testing
- Advances in field testing include the ability to use cell phone technology to remotely monitor equipment, and a laser particle analyzer specifically designed for use in the field
- Hyperspectral technology used aboard unmanned aircraft systems to provide detailed observation of the earth
- Air sampling devices used by the New York City Police Department and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Brookhaven National Laboratory to study airborne contaminants in the city’s streets and subways.
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