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Microwave Safety

Precautions to take during microwave digestion

by Lab Manager
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For microwave digestion systems in particular, you’ll want to follow the proper precautions and use appropriate PPE when handling solvents and acids. Users will also want to use common sense when dealing with the high-temperature, high-pressure operation of digesters. When selecting a microwave digester, probes that monitor temperature and software that controls heating are essential for safe operation and method development/consistency. Another safety feature to consider when purchasing is an instrument equipped with exhaust hoses for venting corrosive gases to an acid trap or fume hood after a run.