Standard Practice for Asbestos Detection Limit Based on Counts
|Publication Date:||1 January 2019|
|ICS Code (Other standards related to air quality):||13.040.99|
This practice presents the procedure for determining the detection limit (DL)2 for measurements of fibers or structures3 using microscopy methods.
This practice applies to samples of air that are analyzed either by phase contrast microscopy (PCM) or transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and samples of dust that are analyzed by TEM.
The microscopy methods entail counting asbestos structures and reporting the results as structures per cubic centimeter of air (str/cc) or fibers per cubic centimeter of air (f/cc) for air samples and structures per square centimeter of surface area (str/cm2) for dust samples.
The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.
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.
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 The DL also is referred to in the scientific literature as limit of detection (LOD), method detection limit (MDL), and other similar descriptive names.
3 For purposes of general exposition, the term "structures" will be used in place of "fibers or structures." In the examples in Section 8, the specific term, "fiber" or "structure," is used where appropriate. These terms are defined separately in Section 3.