2020 Volume 36 Issue 5 Pages 561-567
A certified reference material, NIMD-01, was developed for the analysis of mercury speciation in human hair. We collected the hair of Vietnamese males from a barbershop in Hanoi in 2016 and prepared 1200 bottles containing 3 g of sieved and blended hair powder. The certified value was given on a dry-mass basis, with the moisture content obtained by drying at 85°C for 4 h. Certified values with the expanded uncertainties (coverage factor, k = 2) were as follows: methylmercury, 0.634 ± 0.071 mg kg−1 as mercury; total mercury, 0.794 ± 0.050 mg kg−1; copper, 12.8 ± 1.4 mg kg−1; zinc, 234 ± 29 mg kg−1; selenium, 1.52 ± 0.29 mg kg−1. An indicative arsenic concentration of 0.17 ± 0.03 mg kg−1 was measured. Extended uncertainties were estimated by sample homogeneity, long- and short-term stabilities, and a characterization from measurements made by collaborating laboratories.