ASTM WK44733

    New Test Method for Data Collection from Vapor Source Samples after Decontamination Experiments

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    Developed by Subcommittee: E54.03 | Committee E54 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    The Vapor Emission Test (or vapor test) characterizes the emission of contaminant after the treatment process to determine a contaminant emission function. This emission function can be used to determine the potential risk to unprotected personnel. The vapor test is typically performed to provide data for comparison against technology transition agreements exit criteria, requirement documents, and other health-based criteria. The collection procedures enable determination of vapor concentration, emitted contaminant mass, vapor dose, and toxic load for as-tested and specified scenarios. The residual contaminant measurement provides context as to whether a potential future hazard may be present.

    In order to be able to compare data from different laboratories and experimental conditions, the conditions under which the data was collected have to be known. Since the amount of contamination available to off-gas as a vapor hazard remains after contaminated objects have been decontaminated, it is particularly critical that this vapor hazard be adequately measured and evaluated. The only way to insure that the vapor collection data is comparable is for all interested parties to use the same test method to collect the vapor samples prior to their being analyzed. The standard applies to persons engaged in laboratory decontamination testing.


    vapor emission testing

    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:

    Technical Contact:
    Michael De Zearn

    Draft Under Development