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Significance and Use
4.1 This standard provides guidance in determining the most appropriate procedures for packaging and shipping environmental samples. Use of this guide by personnel involved in packaging and shipping environmental samples will facilitate safe, effective and compliant procedures.
4.2 Due to the changing nature of regulations and other information, users are advised to thoroughly research requirements related to packaging and shipping prior to initiating a sampling event that will require shipment of the samples.
1.1 This standard provides guidance on the selection of procedures for proper packaging and shipment of environmental samples to the laboratory for analysis to ensure compliance with appropriate regulatory programs and protection of sample integrity during shipment.
1.2 This standard does not address transport of hazardous wastes for disposal purposes.
1.3 This standard does not address the selection of parameter-specific sample bottles or containers.
1.4 This guide offers an organized collection of information or a series of options and does not recommend a specific course of action. This guide cannot replace education or experience and should be used in conjunction with professional judgment. Not all aspects of this guide may be applicable in all circumstances. This guide is not intended to represent or replace the standard of care by which the adequacy of a given professional service must be judged, nor should this guide be applied without consideration of the many unique aspects of a project. The word “standard” in the title of this guide means only that the guide has been approved through the ASTM consensus process.
1.5 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 requirements 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.
D653 Terminology Relating to Soil, Rock, and Contained Fluids
D4220 Practices for Preserving and Transporting Soil Samples
D4840 Guide for Sample Chain-of-Custody Procedures
D5079 Practices for Preserving and Transporting Rock Core Samples
D5903 Guide for Planning and Preparing for a Groundwater Sampling Event
D6089 Guide for Documenting a Groundwater Sampling Event
D6517 Guide for Field Preservation of Groundwater Samples
Shipping RegulationsInternational Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations, 56th Edition, January 2015, or current edition International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material, Section 10, Publication IAEA TS-R-1 (2005), or current edition International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, Document #9284-AN/905 (2013-2014 edition), or current edition United States Government Printing Office, Title 40 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Part 261 United States Government Printing Office, Title 49 Transportation (DOT), Parts 170-174 United States Postal Service, Hazardous, Restrict USPS Publication 52 (Updated May 15, 2014), or current edition
ICS Number Code 13.060.45 (Examination of water in general); 13.080.05 (Examination of soil in general); 55.180.99 (Other standards related to freight distribution of goods)
ASTM D6911-15, Standard Guide for Packaging and Shipping Environmental Samples for Laboratory Analysis, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2015, www.astm.orgBack to Top