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This test method covers the apparatuses required, sampling methods, standard procedures and calculations, and test reports for counting and sizing airborne microparticulate matter, the sampling areas for which are specifically those with contamination levels typical of cleanrooms and dust-controlled areas. The test method is based on the microscopical examination of particles impinged upon a membrane filter with the aid of a vacuum. Sampling may be done in a cleanroom, clean zone, or other controlle areas, or in a duct or pipe, wherein the number of sampling points is proportional to the floor area of the enclosure to be checked. The apparatus and facilities required are typical of a laboratory for the study of macroparticle contamination. The operator must have adequate basic training in microscopy and the techniques of particle sizing and counting.
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1.1 This test method covers counting and sizing airborne particulate matter 5 µm and larger (macroparticles). The sampling areas are specifically those with contamination levels typical of cleanrooms and dust-controlled areas.
1.2 Units—The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system are not necessarily exact equivalents; therefore, to ensure conformance with the standard, each system shall be used independently of the other, and values from the two systems shall not be combined.
1.3 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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
1.4 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
SAE DocumentSAE Abstract ARP-743, Procedure for the Determination of Particulate Contamination of Air in Dust-Controlled Spaces by Particle Count Method, August 1962
ISO StandardISO 14644-1 Cleanrooms and Associated Controlled EnvironmentsPart 1: Classification of Air Cleanliness
F50 Practice for Continuous Sizing and Counting of Airborne Particles in Dust-Controlled Areas and Clean Rooms Using Instruments Capable of Detecting Single Sub-Micrometre and Larger Particles
ICS Number Code 13.040.30 (Workplace atmospheres)
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