ASTM E1979 - 12

    Standard Practice for Ultrasonic Extraction of Paint, Dust, Soil, and Air Samples for Subsequent Determination of Lead

    Active Standard ASTM E1979 | Developed by Subcommittee: E06.23

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.11


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    Significance and Use

    Ultrasonic extraction using dilute nitric acid is a simpler and easier method for extracting lead from environmental samples than are traditional digestion methods that employ hot plate or microwave digestion with concentrated acids (1), (3), (5), (6). Hence, ultrasonic extraction may be used in lieu of the more rigorous strong acid/high temperature digestion methods (for example, see Ref (1) and Test Method E1613), provided that the performance is demonstrated using accepted criteria as delineated in Guide E1775.

    In contrast with hot plate or microwave digestion techniques, ultrasonic extraction is field-portable, which allows for on-site sample analysis.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers an ultrasonic extraction procedure for the extraction of lead from environmental samples of interest in lead abatement and renovation (or related) work, for analytical purposes.

    1.2 Environmental matrices of concern include dry paint films, settled dusts, soils, and air particulates.

    1.3 Samples subjected to ultrasonic extraction are prepared for subsequent determination of lead by laboratory analytical methods.

    1.4 This practice includes, where applicable, descriptions of procedures for sample homogenization and weighing prior to ultrasonic extraction.

    1.5 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard.

    1.6 This practice 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 practice to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitation 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.

    ASTM Standards

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    D5438 Practice for Collection of Floor Dust for Chemical Analysis

    D6785 Test Method for Determination of Lead in Workplace Air Using Flame or Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry

    D7144 Practice for Collection of Surface Dust by Micro-vacuum Sampling for Subsequent Metals Determination

    E631 Terminology of Building Constructions

    E1605 Terminology Relating to Lead in Buildings

    E1613 Test Method for Determination of Lead by Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry (ICP-AES), Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (FAAS), or Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (GFAAS) Techniques

    E1726 Practice for Preparation of Soil Samples by Hotplate Digestion for Subsequent Lead Analysis

    E1727 Practice for Field Collection of Soil Samples for Subsequent Lead Determination

    E1728 Practice for Collection of Settled Dust Samples Using Wipe Sampling Methods for Subsequent Lead Determination

    E1729 Practice for Field Collection of Dried Paint Samples for Subsequent Lead Determination

    E1775 Guide for Evaluating Performance of On-Site Extraction and Field-Portable Electrochemical or Spectrophotometric Analysis for Lead

    E1792 Specification for Wipe Sampling Materials for Lead in Surface Dust


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 17.140.99 (Other standards related to acoustics); 71.040.50 (Physicochemical methods of analysis)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 11101714(Lead)


    DOI: 10.1520/E1979-12

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