ASTM WK45755

    New Guide for selection of quantitative passive samplers for volatile organic compounds in air

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    Developed by Subcommittee: D22.05 | Committee D22 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    The standard will help users decide which type of passive sampler should be employed in certain air monitoring situations. Not only is geometry of sampler important, but also sorbent choice, sampling time, concentration of target species and sampling environment. A guide will help users avoid the common pitfalls associated with deployment of samplers and ensure quality results are obtained.

    The standard is required as the need for passive sampling is increasing. Users do not have a guide for which type of samplers to deploy, leading to frequent misuse of them and incorrect data being reported. Standards exist for placement of these devices, how to sample with them and, their analysis, but not for chosing the right sampler. The standard would be used by government agencies, contract laboratories and industry.


    passive sampling; VOCs; thermal desorption; sorbent based sampling;diffusive sampling

    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:
    Nicola Watson

    Draft Under Development