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Standard Test Method for Determination of Ethylene Oxide in Workplace Atmospheres (Charcoal Tube Methodology)

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Standard Test Method for Determination of Ethylene Oxide in Workplace Atmospheres (Charcoal Tube Methodology) (Withdrawn 2014)


1.1 This test method describes the determination of ethylene oxide (oxirane) in workplace atmospheres using charcoal tube methodology.

1.2 This test method is compatible with low flow rate personal sampling equipment: 10 to 200 mL/min. It can be used for personnel or area monitoring.

1.3 The sampling method develops a time-weighted average (TWA) sample and can be used to determine short-term excursions (STE).

1.4 The applicable concentration range for the TWA sample is from 0.3 to 20 ppm(v).

1.5 The applicable concentration range for the STE sample ranges from 1 to 1000 ppm(v).

1.6 The values stated in SI units shall be regarded as the standard. Inch-pound units are provided for information only.

1.7 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. (For more specific safety precautionary statements see Section 9 and 10.2.3 and 11.1.3.)

Significance and Use

Ethylene oxide is a major raw material used in the manufacture of numerous other bulk industrial chemicals as well as a sterilizing agent.

This test method provides a means of evaluating exposure to ethylene oxide in the working environment at the presently recommended exposure guidelines:

5.2.1 OSHA PEL 1 ppm(v) 8-hr TWA.3

5.2.2 ACGIH TLV 1 ppm(v).4


air monitoring; charcoal tube methodology; ethylene oxide; sampling and analysis; workplace atmosphere; ICS Number Code 13.040.30 (Workplace atmospheres)

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11.07 (Atmospheric Analysis)

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13.040.30 (Workplace atmospheres Air quality of surgery rooms, see 11.080.01)

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1988 R93(E1) EDITION



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Publication Date

May 1, 1993

Document Type

Test Method

Page Count

8 pages

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