1. Scope 1.1 The purpose of this standard practice is to describe good and customary procedures for the collection of airborne fungal spores and/or fragments using single-use non-culturable inertial impaction sampling techniques. 1.2 This standard practice is not intended to limit the user from the collection of other airborne particulate that may be captured through this technique that may be of interest. 1.3 This standard practice does not describe the field sampling technique for slit-to-agar impaction samplers. 1.4 This standard practice presumes that the user has a fundamental understanding of field investigative techniques related to the scientific process, and sampling plan development and implementation. It is important to establish the related hypothesis to be tested and the supporting analytical methodology needed in order to identify the sampling media to be used and the laboratory conditions for analysis. 1.5 This guide may be appropriate for other types of field collection techniques and/or devices that may have additional or alternate field procedures and the investigator is encouraged to consult the specific manufacturers recommendations. 1.6 This standard guide does not address the development of a formal hypothesis or the establishment of appropriate and defensible data quality objectives (DQOs). It is presumed the investigator has the experience and knowledge base to address these issues. 1.7 This standard practice does not provide the user sufficient information to allow for interpretation of the analytical results from sample collection. It is the users responsibility to seek or obtain the information and knowledge necessary to interpret the sample results reported by the laboratory. 1.8 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and to determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
This has been an active work item in the past (WK9298) that died in committee from failed attention by me. When the D22.08 sampling task group held its first meeting in Reno, Nevada, April 2004, priorities for developing standard practices for the collection of mold in air and surfaces were established. The non-culturable slit impaction method was selected as first priority because the group acknowledged it to be a widely used method. Also, this is a companion document to the non-culturable inertial impaction analytical method that has been submitted for ballot by the D22.08 analytical task group. The end users are field professionals collecting samples for airborne mold spores.
Bioaerosol; Calibration; Fungal Particulate; Indoor Air Quality; Inertial Impaction Sampler; Impactor; Mold; Mould; Sampling; Spore; Total Bioaerosol.
The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.
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