Apply specialised knowledge of inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy to analysis

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Assessment Template
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Assessment Matrix
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Evidence Guide
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Competency Mapping Template
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Observation Checklist
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Self Assessment Survey
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Determine sample characteristics and appropriate analytical methods

1.1. Interpret client request and/or perform presumptive tests to identify sample characteristics that may affect analysis

1.2. Liaise with client or sample provider to review client needs, testing requirements and sample history, if necessary

1.3. Identify analytical standards, reference materials, test methods and enterprise procedures that may be applicable

1.4. Select the most appropriate standard test method that is consistent with testing requirements and instrument availability

1.5. If no standard method exists, adapt or modify a test method to suit the sample characteristics

1.6. If necessary, seek advice from supervisor about any proposed variations and document all approved changes to test methods

1.7. Schedule analysis using enterprise procedures

2. Prepare samples and standards

2.1. Log sample into instrument software

2.2. Obtain a representative analytical portion of the laboratory sample

2.3. Prepare sample in accordance with selected test method

2.4. Prepare validation checks and/or calibration standards for analytical portions

2.5. Use specialised procedures for ultra-trace sample and standard preparation as required

3. Set up instrument and perform trial analysis

3.1. Configure the sample introduction, torch and detector sub-systems according to the selected test method

3.2. Check vacuum pressures, gas flow and torch cooling before igniting torch and allow the system to fully equilibrate

3.3. Perform other pre-use, calibration and safety checks using enterprise procedures

3.4. Set instrumental parameters in accordance with those specified in selected test method

3.5. Check and optimise each instrument sub-system

3.6. Conduct performance tests using standards and samples

3.7. Assess instrument performance in terms of response and resolution

4. Optimise instrument performance

4.1. Apply an understanding of analyte chemistry, plasma reactions and interferences to determine strategies for enhancing detection of required species

4.2. Adjust instrumental parameters in a logical and efficient sequence to optimise performance

5. Perform analysis

5.1. Measure analyte response for standards, validation checks and samples using optimised instrument settings

5.2. Conduct sufficient measurements to obtain reliable data

5.3. Use system software to produce calibration graphs, optical/emission or mass spectra, confirm data quality and calculate uncertainties

5.4. Check that results are consistent with estimations and expectations

5.5. Analyse trends in data and/or results and report out of specification or atypical results promptly to appropriate personnel

5.6. Return instrument to standby or shutdown condition in accordance with enterprise procedures

5.7. Report results with the appropriate accuracy, precision, uncertainty and units

6. Perform routine maintenance and troubleshoot instruments

6.1. Regularly check the condition of pumps, gas cylinders, filters and traps and service/replace as necessary

6.2. Regularly check the condition of sample/waste tubing on peristaltic pump lines and replace as necessary

6.3. Regularly clean the sample/nebuliser tips, injector tubes, spray chamber, torch, sample/skimmer cones and ion lenses as appropriate

6.4. Replace user serviceable components as necessary and ensure that the system is free of leaks and properly conditioned before re-use

6.5. Investigate possible causes for response and resolution problems and apply recommended remedial actions

6.6. Investigate possible causes for instability and non-reproducible data and apply recommended remedial actions

6.7. Identify the need for repairs or servicing and determine whether local repair/maintenance is technically possible and economic

6.8. Arrange for repair or servicing from an accredited agent or other appropriate personnel in accordance with enterprise procedures

7. Maintain a safe work environment

7.1. Identify risks, hazards, safety equipment and control measures associated with sample handling/preparation and test method

7.2. Use personal protective equipment and safety procedures specified for test method and materials to be tested

7.3. Minimise the generation of wastes and environmental impacts

7.4. Ensure the safe collection/disposal of laboratory wastes

7.5. Clean, care for and store equipment and consumables in accordance with enterprise procedures

8. Maintain laboratory records

8.1. Enter approved data and results into laboratory information management system (LIMS)

8.2. Maintain logs of instrument calibration checks, use and maintenance in accordance with enterprise procedures

8.3. Maintain security, integrity and traceability of samples, results and documentation

8.4. Communicate results to appropriate personnel in accordance with enterprise procedures

Qualifications and Skillsets

MSL977008A appears in the following qualifications:

  • MSL70109 - Vocational Graduate Certificate in Instrumental Analysis