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Significance and Use
5.1 Bacteria and fungi present in municipal solid wastes (as well as in other forms of waste) may become airborne as dusts during waste processing. Several investigations to determine the health significance of these microbiological aerosols have been hindered by the lack of standardized procedures for sampling airborne bacteria and fungi in an industrial environment and by the absence of standards for assessing their health significance. Because it is difficult to correlate airborne levels of bacteria and fungi with epidemiological data, this standard is designed to permit the formation of a data base to aid in the assessment of the health significance of airborne microorganisms. It is intended that the use of this practice will improve sampling precision and thereby facilitate comparisons between sampling results.
1.1 This practice covers sampling of airborne microorganisms at municipal solid-waste processing facilities, hereafter referred to as facilities. Investigators should consult Practice D1357 for the general principles of conducting an air-sampling program.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
Other StandardsAir Sampling Instruments for the Evaluation of Atmospheric Contaminants Available from American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, Inc. (ACGIH), 1330 Kemper Meadow Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45240, http://www.acgih.org. Microbiological Methods for Monitoring the Environment, Water and Wastes Available from National Technical Information Service (NTIS), 5301 Shawnee Rd, Alexandria, VA 22312, http://www.ntis.gov. Request EPA-600/8-78-017.
D1356 Terminology Relating to Sampling and Analysis of Atmospheres
D1357 Practice for Planning the Sampling of the Ambient Atmosphere
ICS Number Code 13.040.20 (Ambient atmospheres); 13.040.30 (Workplace atmospheres)
UNSPSC Code 41104000(Sampling equipment)
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ASTM E884-82(2012), Standard Practice for Sampling Airborne Microorganisms at Municipal Solid-Waste Processing Facilities, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2012, www.astm.orgBack to Top