Advancements in Environmental Measurement Methods for Asbestos

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Thirty papers focus on recent advances in research on measurement methods for asbestos in bulk building materials, as well as ambient, indoor, and work place air, water, and settled dust. The papers include discussions of measurement methods, monitoring strategies, data interpretation, and quality assurance for asbestos measurements. It was the intent of the organizers of the July 1997 conference from which these papers stem to bring the disciplines of analytical chemistry together with investigators who are assessing exposure to asbestos in the environment. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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  • ISBN-13: 9780803126169
  • Publisher: American Society for Testing & Materials
  • Publication date: 1/1/1900
  • Pages: 425

Table of Contents

Overview ix
Measurement Methods for Asbestos in Bulk Building Materials
Analysis of Asbestos in Bulk Materials--1980 to 1997 3
Comparison of Quantitative Techniques for Analysis of Bulk Asbestos Proficiency Testing Materials 11
A Personal Perspective on Teaching Asbestos Analysis: Lessons from the Classroom and Laboratory 22
Bulk Asbestos Laboratory Programs in the United States--Seventeen Years in Retrospect 38
The Habit of Asbestiform Amphiboles: Implications for the Analysis of Bulk Samples 53
Asbestos Measurement in Soils and Bulk Materials: Sensitivity, Precision, and Interpretation--You Can Have It All 70
A Validated Method for Gravimetric Determination of Low Concentrations of Asbestos in Bulk Materials 90
"Internal Standard Addition" Method for Identifying Asbestos Containing Materials in Bulk Samples Containing Low Levels of Asbestos 111
ASTM's Bulk Method: Where Are We, Where Are We Headed, Where Should We Be Headed? 122
Measurement Methods for Asbestos in Ambient, Indoor and Workplace Air
Strategy, Development and Laboratory Calibration of a Personal Passive Sampler for Monitoring the Asbestos Exposure of Maintenance Workers 129
Direct-Reading Measurement of Fiber Length/Diameter Distributions 147
International Organization for Standardization Methods for Determination of Asbestos in Air 156
Proposed ASTM Method for the Determination of Asbestos in Air by TEM and Information on Interfering Fibers 170
Shortcomings in Airborne Asbestos Analysis Filtered from New York State's Proficiency-Testing Data 184
Negative Exposure Assessments for Asbestos Floor Tile Work Practices 193
The Use of Scanning Confocal Microscopy to Measure the Penetration of Asbestos into Membrane Filters 209
Measurement Methods for Asbestos in Water
Asbestos in Water Methods: EPA's 100.1 & 100.2 and AWWA's Standard Method 2570 227
A Rapid Procedure for Preparation of Transmission Electron Microscopy Specimens from Polycarbonate Filters 242
Measurements of Chrysotile Fiber Retention Efficiencies for Polycarbonate and Mixed Cellulose Ester Filters 250
Sludge, Crud and Fish Guts: Creative Approaches to the Analysis of Non-Standard Water Samples for Asbestos 266
Asbestos in Drinking Water Performance Evaluation Studies 273
Proficiency Testing for All Fiber Sizes in Drinking Water: The Long and the Short of It 288
Measurement Methods for Asbestos in Settled Dust
A Study of the Reproducibility of the Micro-Vac Technique as a Tool for the Assessment of Surface Contamination in Buildings with Asbestos-Containing Materials 301
Dust and Airborne Concentrations--Is There a Correlation? 313
Further Observations of Settled Asbestos Dust in Buildings 323
Some Statistical Principles in Asbestos Measurement and Their Application to Dust Sampling and Analysis 333
An Overview of Settled Dust Analytical Methods and Their Relative Effectiveness 350
Applications of the ASTM Asbestos in Dust Method D5755 366
Correlated Measurements of Airborne Asbestos-Containing Particles and Surface Dust 378
Incorporating Dust Sampling into the Asbestos Management Program 403
Indexes 411
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