Workplace atmospheres - Protocol for evaluating the performance of diffusive samplers (ISO 16107:2007, IDT)
This International Standard specifies methods for evaluation of sampler performance in terms of workplace conditions: wind speed, humidity, temperature, atmospheric pressure, and analyte variation. The concise set of experiments specified aims to minimize cost to the user. The evaluation is limited to conditions commonly encountered in personal sampling in the indoor workplace setting, namely wind speeds of up to 0,5 m/s and for sampling periods typically from 2 h to 8 h.
Static or area sampling, unlike personal sampling where movement of the subject is significant, may sometimes be subject to sampling-rate reduction due to stagnation at very low wind speeds. This International Standard therefore does not apply to wind speeds of less than 0,1 m/s relative to static samplers. Samplers are also tested for compliance with the manufacturer's stated limits on capacity, possibly in the presence of interfering compounds. Given a suitable exposure chamber, the sampler evaluation protocol can be extended to cover sampler use for other sampling periods and conditions.
This International Standard indicates how to measure diffusive sampler uncertainty for characterizing concentration estimates obtained subsequent to the evaluation. It is impractical continually to re-evaluate diffusive sampler performance under various environmental conditions prevailing during application.
NOTE 1 In this International Standard, the confidence level for the initial method evaluation becomes an integral part of the measurement uncertainty. This approach slightly broadens the statistical protocols given in ISO Guide 98:1995. Furthermore, the possibility of sampler errors related to correctible sampler bias is addressed.
NOTE 2 This International Standard is an extension of previous research on diffusive samplers (References  to  inclusive and EN 838).