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Standard Test Method for Determination of Non-methane Organic Compounds (NMOC) in Ambient Air Using Cryogenic Preconcentration and Direct Flame Ionization Detection

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  • Revision: 2016 Edition, October 1, 2016
  • Published Date: October 1, 2016
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: ASTM International (ASTM)
  • Page Count: 14
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

Description / Abstract:

This test method2 presents a procedure for sampling and determination of non-methane organic compounds (NMOC) in ambient, indoor, or workplace atmospheres. 

This test method describes the collection of integrated whole air samples in silanized or other passivated stainless steel canisters, and their subsequent laboratory analysis.

This test method describes a procedure for sampling in canisters at final pressures above atmospheric pressure (pressurized sampling).

This test method employs a cryogenic trapping procedure for concentration of the NMOC prior to analysis. 

This test method describes the determination of the NMOC by the flame ionization detection (FID), without the use of gas chromatographic columns and other procedures necessary for species separation. 

The range of this test method is from 20 to 10 000 ppb C (1, 2).3

This test method has a larger uncertainty for some halogenated or oxygenated hydrocarbons than for simple hydrocarbons or aromatic compounds. This is especially true if there are high concentrations of chlorocarbons or chlorofluorocarbons present.

The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to inch-pound units that are provided for information only and are not considered 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 and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

2 This test method is based on EPACompendium Method TO-12: “Determination of Non-Methane Organic Compounds (NMOC) in Ambient Air Using Cryogenic Pre-Concentration and Direct Flame Ionization Detection (PDFID),” Compendium of Methods for the Determination of Toxic Organic Compounds in Ambient Air, EPA 600 4-89-017, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC, March 1990.

3 The boldface numbers in parentheses refer to the list of references at the end of this standard