The purpose of this chapter is to describe the analytical methods that are available for detecting and/or measuring and monitoring boron in environmental media and in biological samples. The intent is not to provide an exhaustive list of analytical methods that could be used to detect and quantify boron. Rather, the intention is to identify well-established methods that are used as the standard methods of analysis. Many of the analytical methods used to detect boron in environmental samples are the methods approved by federal agencies such as EPA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Other methods presented in this chapter are those that are approved by groups such as the Association of Official Analytical Chemists (AOAC) and the American Public Health Association (APHA). Additionally, analytical methods are included that refine previously used methods to obtain lower detection limits, and/or to improve accuracy and precision.
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