The topic of packaging plays a significant role in bulk material sampling, especially after the sample has been taken. Once sampling, the sample must be properly packaged and stored to ensure that it is not contaminated and retains its representative nature. Improper packaging can lead to the sample being altered and the analysis results obtained from it being falsified.
Here are some aspects to consider when packaging bulk samples:
- Packaging material: The packaging should be made of a material that does not contaminate the sample. This can be plastic, glass or metal, depending on the type of sample and the planned analysis.
- Size of the package: The package should be large enough to hold the sample safely, but not so large that it takes up unnecessary space or moves the sample inside too much.
- Closure of the package: The package should have a secure closure to prevent the sample from being spilled or air, moisture or contaminants from entering the package.
- Packaging labelling: Each package should be clearly labelled with information such as the date and time of sampling, the place of sampling, the name of the sampler, and the type of sample.
- Transportation and storage: Once packaged, the sample should be safely transported and stored under appropriate conditions to maintain its integrity.
Overall, proper packaging of bulk samples is a critical step in ensuring accurate and reliable analytical results.