Air-O-Cell Recommended Sampling Time Intervals : Biogenesis Analytical Blog

Air-O-Cell Recommended Sampling Time Intervals

by Nancy McDonald on 02/22/16

The recommended sampling flow rate is 15 liters per minute (lpm). Flow rates exceeding 20 lpm have been known to cause "bounce off" of large particles such as pollen grains. Flow rates lower than 10 lpm will not collect the small mold spores (such as Aspergillus and Penicillium) as efficiently. Recommended sampling times (at 15 lpm) for different environmental sampling conditions are given in below.

Environmental Dust Conditions

Sampling Time (minutes) 15 lpm

Outdoor sampling on a clean windless day

10.0 - 60 min.

"Clean" office environment or outdoors (no visible dust)

10.0 min.

"Indoor" environment, high activity personnel

5.0 min.

"Indoor" environment, evidence of drywall renovation, or industrial dust

1.0 min.

"Indoor" environment, visible dust emissions from point sources present

0.5 min.



Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Indoor Mold, AIHA

Field Guide for the Determination of Biological Contaminants in Environmental Samples, AIHA

Sampling and Analysis of Indoor Microorganisms, Wiley

 Our mold testing laboratory reports include a photograph taken by our microscope camera of mold spores found in your sample that represent the condition of the indoor environment. This will allow you to better explain the mold sample analysis and its significance to your client.

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