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SET’s ability to provide positive identification of solids, liquids and gases can cut your analytical time and costs substantially. Our identification of these components allows you to specifically choose which, if any, further analysis is needed for proper disposal. This approach is more efficient than blindly performing TCLP (Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedures) on metals, organics, pesticides and herbicides, and PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls) for analysis. When time is critical, SET's emergency analytical services are available 24 hours a day.

Identification of Unknown Solids, Liquids and Compressed Gases

Our laboratory staff has developed a unique and cost-effective system for the identification of unknown solids, liquids and gases. Our experienced chemists have identified and aided in the safe disposal of over 105,000 compounds. For compressed gases, this positive identification is essential and has prevented numerous potential safety and health problems from unlabelled gas cylinders being misidentified.

As a waste generator, you have the responsibility to know the hazardous properties of the waste you are disposing of when you sign a manifest. The issue of risk for a generator requires compositional identification for an unknown waste stream in order to meet RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) disposal decision requirements. This task of identifying hazardous characteristics of waste can be quite difficult.

Responsibly disposing of unknowns requires using analytical programs that can incur tremendous expense while performing wide-ranging qualitative and quantitative tests. The other option pursued usually involves simple “characterization” tests for ignitibility, corrosivity, toxicity and reactivity.

Many disposal companies and facilities use “characterization” tests because they feel it adequately identifies hazardous properties of waste for safest disposal. However, this is not always the case. Pentachlorophenol, Arsenic Chloride, and Dinitrophenols are examples of compounds that are regarded as non-hazardous by characterization tests, but all have acutely toxic or explosive properties. Characterization tests leave the toxicity parameter and explosive characteristics unidentified. Inadequate identification from characterization tests presents the kind of regulatory and safety liability that you as a generator cannot afford.

Emergency Analytical Services

When an unknown, potentially hazardous substance is discovered, a rapid response is critical. With more than 30 years of experience in responding to spills and other emergencies, SET has the capability of identifying unknown substances 24 hours a day. From Anthrax to Xylene, SET can provide Emergency Analytical Services to identify unknown substances in hours, not days.