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Measurement uncertainty and NIOSH method accuracy range.

Bartley DL; Shulman SA; Schlecht PC
NIOSH manual of analytical methods, fourth edition - third supplement. Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2003-154, 2003 Mar; :208-228
Recently, the ISO Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement (GUM) has come close to being universally adopted as the standardized way to characterize and document measurement uncertainty [1-5]. Since the mid-1970s, accuracy criteria have been an integral part of the evaluations of the sampling and analytical methods used by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), and others. NIOSH has previously published extensive discussions addressing the issue of accuracy as a factor in the development, evaluation, and characterization of analytical methodology. Both traditional method accuracy and new measurement uncertainty concepts are intended to communicate measurement limitations to laboratory clients. Naturally, laboratories are interested in how NIOSH accuracy requirements [6-7] relate to measurement uncertainty. This chapter provides guidance for achieving consistency in determining measurement uncertainty by those laboratories using NIOSH methods. Minor modifications to NIOSH accuracy measures, and an expansion of ISO GUM to cover situations unique to workplace atmosphere measurement can improve consistency and utility.
Sampling-methods; Samplers; Analytical-instruments; Analytical-processes; Aerosol-sampling; Analytical-methods; Atmosphere-analyzers; Aerosol-sampling; Aerosols
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