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This monograph will be included in a future ACGIH® Signature Publication that will be entitled: Air Sampling Technologies: Principles and Applications. It describes Diffusive Samplers and their methods for collecting cumulative occupational and environmental air samples. Not only can these small, inexpensive and easy to use devices collect a number of specific hazardous gases for analysis, but also different types can be used to sample the various classes of organic vapors and semi-volatiles.
In addition to a discussion of how to use diffusive samplers, this monograph delves into different configurations, applications for workplace vapors and personal exposures. It provides a brief compendium of referenced users, standard methods and validation procedures. Some sections cover the operating principles and limitations of the six primary types. Much of the literature about the development of each type, their applications and methodologies are summarized. Numerous studies showed their advantages for broad investigations where their sampling of occupational facilities, indoor air problems and urban environmental pollutants, required many samples of the complex mixtures that have to be collected over the longer and different time periods. Both new and experienced users may find valuable guidance for their applications and a summation of the literature that might answer their questions about the use of diffusive samplers.
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