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Customer views on the NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods (NMAMTM).

Cassinelli-ME; Schlecht-PC
American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, May 19-23, 1997, Dallas, Texas. Fairfax, VA: American Industrial Hygiene Association, 1997 May; :51
The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducted a survey of over 1700 laboratories participating in the Proficiency Analytical Testing (PAT), the Environmental Lead Proficiency Analytical Testing (ELPAT), and the Asbestos Analyst Registry (AAR) Programs. The survey was designed to obtain customer feedback on the NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods (NMAMTM) and industrial hygiene methods from other sources, Preliminary results of the survey indicate that laboratories prefer the current format of NIOSH analytical methods. In general, they found the NIOSH format to be direct, concise, and easy to read. The summary page of NIOSH methods was found to provide useful quick information on the subject chemical, its sampling and analysis, and its accuracy with respect to NIOSH criteria. Similarly, laboratories found the Method Finder, a list of chemicals with corresponding method name and number, as well as basic sampling information and analytical techniques, to be very helpful in locating methods. Comments related to a specific method or methods were received where laboratories felt that procedures were sometimes too brief, particularly in the calculations section. Numerous substances were suggested for method development. The most frequently stated dislike was that methods are not always up-to-date, particularly the GC methods where the specified packed analytical columns need to be replaced with capillary columns. The survey responses revealed a need for a central bank of methods so that all the industrial hygiene methods could be found in one place. The vast majority of respondents favor NIOSH publication of methods developed by others provided that NIOSH method validation criteria are met.
Laboratories; Analytical-methods; Industrial-hygiene; Sampling; Analytical-processes
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American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, May 19-23, 1997, Dallas, Texas