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Nuisance Dust and PM-10 / TSP

Category Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Lab Services
Test Nuisance Dust and PM-10 / TSP

Nuisance and Respirable dust is a gravimetric technique that calculates the total or respirable fraction of dust in air samples.  Several methodologies are utilized including NIOSH 0500 (Total Dust) and NIOSH 0600 (Respirable Dust) as well as the 40CFR Part 50 App. J - Particulate Matter (PM10) and the 40CFR Part 50 App. B – Suspended Particulate Matter (TSP).

The NIOSH methods use pre-weighted 5.0m Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) filters. Air sample volumes for personnel monitoring are acquired using 1.5 to 2.5 liters per minute during the persons work cycle.  Area monitoring is best performed at 10 lpm for a total volume of greater than 1,500 liters.

The PM10 and TSP methods use pre-weighted 8" X 10" quartz fiber filters.  Air sample volumes and flow rates vary by sampler manufacturer and environmental condition.

CAS Number 50-32-8
Test Type Single
Test Prefix
Test Benzo(a)pyrene
Synonym(s) 3,4-Benzopyrene
Method NIOSH 5506
Matrices Air (Cassettes + Tube)
Group Package PAH- Coal Tar Pitch Volatiles
Cinnaminson New Jersey - Corporate Lab (IH LAB 28) 100194
Huntington Beach California (LAB 33) 101650
Indianapolis Indiana (LAB 16) X
Charlotte (Pineville) North Carolina (LAB 41) X
Minneapolis (New Hope) Minnesota (LAB 10)
Toronto Ontario Canada (LAB 55)
Chromotography Type / Detector HPLC/FL-UV
OSHA PEL or Other Value in mg/m3 0.2
OSHA PEL or Other Value in µg/m3 200
OSHA PEL or Other Value in ppm N/A
OSHA or Most Relevant OEL Notes 0.2 mg/m3 - OSHA PEL TWA, CTPV Benzene-Soluble Fraction 0.1 mg/m3 NIOSH REL CTPV CycloheXane-Soluble Fraction Ca - NIOSH - Carcinogen
Sampling Instructions / Interferences Protect from light and heat. Wrap in foil, ship refrigerated (0C).
Method link
Molecular Weight - grams/mol 252.31
Reporting Limits (Field Blank Limit) ug/sample 0.31
LOQ (ug/sample based on media)/sample 0.31
Default Reporting Units ug/m3

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