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Significance and Use
5.1 Airborne hexavalent chromium is carcinogenic (1),4 and analytical methods for the measurement of this species in workplace aerosols are desired. Worker exposure to hexavalent chromium occurs primarily through inhalation (1), and this test method provides a means for exposure assessment to this highly toxic species. Analytical results from this procedure can be used for regulatory compliance purposes (2).
1.1 This test method specifies a method for the determination of the time-weighted average mass concentration of hexavalent chromium in workplace air samples.
1.2 The method is applicable to the personal sampling of the inhalable fraction of airborne particles, as defined in ISO 7708, and to area (static) sampling.
1.3 The sample dissolution procedure specifies separate procedures for soluble and insoluble hexavalent chromium.
1.4 The method is applicable to the determination of masses of 0.01 μg to 10 μg of hexavalent chromium per sample without dilution.
1.5 The concentration range for hexavalent chromium in air for which this procedure is applicable is approximately 0.1 μg/m 3 to 100 μg/m3, assuming 1 m3 of air sample. The range can be extended upwards by appropriate dilution.
1.6 Interconversion of trivalent and hexavalent chromium species may occur during sampling and sample preparation, but these processes are minimized to the extent possible by the sampling and sample preparation procedures employed.
1.7 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.
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 determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to 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.
D1193 Specification for Reagent Water
D1356 Terminology Relating to Sampling and Analysis of Atmospheres
D3195 Practice for Rotameter Calibration
D4840 Guide for Sample Chain-of-Custody Procedures
E882 Guide for Accountability and Quality Control in the Chemical Analysis Laboratory
E1370 Guide for Air Sampling Strategies for Worker and Workplace Protection
ISO StandardsISO 1042 Laboratory Glassware--One-mark Volumetric Flasks ISO 3585 Glass Plant, Pipeline and Fittings--Properties of Borosilicate Glass 3.3 ISO 648 Laboratory Glassware--One-mark Pipets ISO 7708 Air Quality--Particle Size Definitions for Health-related Sampling ISO 8655 Piston and/or Plunger-operated Volumetric Apparatus (6 Parts)
ICS Number Code 13.040.30 (Workplace atmospheres)
UNSPSC Code 77121501(Air quality management)
ASTM D6832-13e1, Standard Test Method for the Determination of Hexavalent Chromium in Workplace Air by Ion Chromatography and Spectrophotometric Measurement Using 1,5-diphenylcarbazide, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.orgBack to Top