ASTM D6178 - 97(2008)

    Standard Practice for Estimation of Short-term Inhalation Exposure to Volatile Organic Chemicals Emitted from Bedding Sets

    Active Standard ASTM D6178 | Developed by Subcommittee: D22.05

    Book of Standards Volume: 11.07


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    Significance and Use

    The objective of this practice is to provide procedures for estimation of human inhalation exposure to VOCs emitted from bedding sets. The estimated inhalation exposure can be used as an input to characterization of health risks from short-term VOC exposures.

    The results of exposure estimation for specific raw materials and components, or processes used in manufacturing different bedding sets, can be used to compare their relative impacts on exposures.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers the procedures for estimation of short-term human inhalation exposure to volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) emitted from bedding sets when a new bedding set is first brought into a house.

    1.2 The estimated exposure is based on an estimated emission profile of VOCs from bedding sets.

    1.3 The VOC emission from bedding sets, as in the case of other household furnishings, usually are highest when the products are new. Procedures described in this practice also are applicable to used bedding sets.

    1.4 Exposure to airborne VOC emissions in a residence is estimated for a household member, based on location and activity patterns.

    1.5 The estimated exposure may be used for characterization of health risks that could result from short-term exposures to VOC emissions.

    1.6 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 determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to its use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D1356 Terminology Relating to Sampling and Analysis of Atmospheres

    D5116 Guide for Small-Scale Environmental Chamber Determinations of Organic Emissions from Indoor Materials/Products

    D5157 Guide for Statistical Evaluation of Indoor Air Quality Models

    D6177 Practice for Determining Emission Profiles of Volatile Organic Chemicals Emitted from Bedding Sets


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.040.99 (Other standards related to air quality)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 77121500(Air pollution)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D6178-97R08

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D6178-97(2008), Standard Practice for Estimation of Short-term Inhalation Exposure to Volatile Organic Chemicals Emitted from Bedding Sets, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2008, www.astm.org

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