A paper disc flameless atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) method is described for the determination of cadmium (Cd) in blood, enabling difficulties in sample preparation to be minimized. By control of the ashing step the matrix can be removed without loss of cadmium. Problems with the fast signal response during atomization can be met by spectral band width and temperature control. At the 106 pg level (471 nmol Cd/1 blood; 5-3 mug/100 ml) the relative standard deviation (RSD) was 0-06. Results in four industrial situations are reported. This description of the method should facilitate further investigation of its application to industry using capillary or venous blood.
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