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Heavy metals are loosely defined, but they are a subset of atomic elements that exhibit metallic properties, such as transition metals and other metalloid element. Some heavy metals such as iron, zinc, copper, cobalt and manganese are necessary for proper physiological function at low levels; however, at higher concentrations these metals can be toxic. There are other metals such as mercury, plutonium, and lead that are toxic to our body regardless of the dose. Unfortunately, many individuals have been exposed to these toxic heavy metals through vehicle emissions, industrial waste, dental amalgams, and a variety of other routes.

At SAI Incorporated, we use state-of-the-art Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS) and optical emission Inductively-Coupled Plasma spectroscopy (ICP-OS) to evaluate heavy metal content in air, solids, soils, and water.

Our heavy metal analytical suites include RCRA-8 metals, priority list 23 metals, welding fumes, or any custom suite can be designed to fit your needs.

Our Laboratory uses EPA, NIOSH, and ASTM methodologies for their analyses. Our degreed chemists have decades of analytical experience and real-world application know-how to help you get the results you need with a quality that assures the precision and accuracy to meet any requirement.

Testing Type and Relative Metals for Each Matrix

Air Sample
Metal RCRA 8 Priority Pollutant (13) Welding Profile (15) Soldering Metals (9)
Ag (Silver)
Al (Aluminum)
As (Arsenic)
Ba (Barium)
Be (Beryllium)
Ca (Calcium)
Cd (Cadmium)
Co (Cobalt)
Cr (Chromium)
Cu (Copper)
Fe (Iron)
Hg (Mercury) ✓* ✓*
K (Potassium)
Mg (Magnesium)
Mn (Manganese)
Mo (Molybdenum)
Pb (Lead)
Na (Sodium)
Ni (Nickel)
Sb (Antimony)
Se (Selenium)
Sn (Tin)
Ti (Titanium)
Tl (Thallium)
V (Vanadium)
Zn (Zinc
*A separate sample is required for Mercury – Please call us for more information.
Soil/Solid/Wipe
Metal RCRA 8 Priority Pollutant (13) TAL Metals (23) Appendix IX (17) CAM 17
Ag (Silver)
Al (Aluminum)
As (Arsenic)
Ba (Barium)
Be (Beryllium
Ca (Calcium)
Cd (Cadmium)
Co (Cobalt)
Cr (Chromium)
Cu (Copper)
Fe (Iron)
Hg (Mercury) ✓* ✓* ✓* ✓* ✓*
K (Potassium)
Mg (Magnesium)
Mn (Manganese)
Mo (Molybdenum)
Pb (Lead)
Na (Sodium
Ni (Nickel)
Sb (Antimony)
Se (Selenium)
Sn (Tin)
Ti (Titanium)
Tl (Thallium)
V (Vanadium)
Zn (Zinc)
*A separate sample is required for Mercury – Please call us for more information.
Drinking Water Sample
Metal RCRA 8 Priority Pollutant (13) TAL Metals (23) EPA Primary Metals
Ag (Silver)
Al (Aluminum)
As (Arsenic)
Ba (Barium)
Be (Beryllium)
Ca (Calcium)
Cd (Cadmium)
Co (Cobalt)
Cr (Chromium)
Cu (Copper)
Fe (Iron)
Hg (Mercury) ✓* ✓* ✓* ✓*
K (Potassium)
Mg (Magnesium)
Mn (Manganese)
Mo (Molybdenum)
Pb (Lead)
Na (Sodium)
Ni (Nickel)
Sb (Antimony)
Se (Selenium)
Sn (Tin)
Ti (Titanium)
Tl (Thallium)
V (Vanadium)
Zn (Zinc
*Typically run using cold vapor AA