ASTM WK41602

    New Guide for Addressing Health Consequenses of Handling Soil Samples

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    WK41602

    1. Scope

    Topsoil and subsoil are routinely sampled to define their properties for use or classification. As such, handling these soils exposes people to a full range of chemical constituents as well as organisms from insects, fungi, and roundworms to bacteria and viruses. Without proper protective actions, this exposure can lead to disease and parasite infections to toxic reactions. It is the purpose of this guide to outline the range of health consequences and provide suggesting remedial measures designed to protect personnel that work with soil.

    Topsoil and subsoil are routinely sampled to define their properties for use or classification. As such, handling these soils exposes people to a full range of chemical constituents as well as organisms from insects, fungi, and roundworms to bacteria and viruses. Without proper protective actions, this exposure can lead to disease and parasite infections to toxic reactions. It is the purpose of this guide to outline the range of health consequences and provide suggesting remedial measures designed to protect personnel that work with soil.


    Keywords

    illness; sampling; soil handling; soil preparation

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Work Item Status

    Date Initiated:
    04-05-2013

    Technical Contact:
    Keith Hoddinott

    Status:
    Draft Under Development