Air-O-Cell Recommended Sampling Time Intervalsby 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)
"Indoor" environment, high activity personnel
"Indoor" environment, evidence of drywall renovation, or industrial dust
"Indoor" environment, visible dust emissions from point sources present
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Field Guide for the Determination of Biological Contaminants in Environmental Samples, AIHA
Sampling and Analysis of Indoor Microorganisms, Wiley
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