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ASTM WK57480

New Test Method for Measuring Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in Water utilizing Headspace Analysis with Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry (Headspace GC/MS)

1. Scope

This method is used to determine volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in a variety of water matrices. This method is applicable to nearly all types of water samples, including ground and surface water, aqueous sludge, wastewater, effluents, and sediments. This method describes equilibrium-based static headspace preparation for the determination of VOCs by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). This method is applicable to quantitate a wide range of volatile organic compounds that have boiling points below 200 C.


VOC, Headspace Analysis, GC/MS, Volatiles


This method will utilize state-of-art technologies to provide a reliable way to measure VOCs in water samples. The method will be useful to a variety of stakeholders including industry, environmental laboratories and regulatory agencies.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: D19.06

Committee: D19

Staff Manager: Brian Milewski

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 01-24-2017

Technical Contact: William Lipps

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