sample, and the ASTM test method.
technician in determining the method to be used
as well as
provide him with a copy of the test procedure.
Selecting and Preparing the Glassware
It is very important that technicians use only the glassware
that is specified for use in the test method.
must be cleaned and properly prepared. The ASTM test method or
the FTM will outline the various steps or procedures to be
followed when the glassware must be cleaned and prepared.
general, it is recommended that glassware be cleaned at a
minimum of washing with warm soapy water, then rinsing with
distilled water followed by drying by air or with an oven.
Safety is always of vital concern in the petroleum laboratory.
No laboratory operation should be conducted without the
appropriate level of safety incorporated.
This feature must
become an integral part of the procedures from the planning
stage and throughout. The technicians while performing any test
procedure must adhere to all relevant safety guidelines and
The laboratory supervisor must be thoroughly
knowledgeable of safety standards.
In addition, safety
procedures that are specific to each test method should be
and lab aprons must be worn at all times while in the
laboratory. Some common safety requirements are listed below:
Keep aisles clear for hasty exits.
Identify and point out primary and alternate fire exits.
Observe all routine safety procedures.