PDC 424

Practical Application of Whole Air Sampling





introductory | Credits: 8 CM Credit Hours / 0.8 CEU / 0.5 CMP
Sunday, May 22 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Limit: 35


Emerging Markets/Global IH/OH Standards of Care, Exposure Assessment Strategies, Indoor Environmental Quality, Sampling and Laboratory Analysis


Participants will learn why whole air sampling is an excellent alternative to traditional active sorbent tube, and passive badge air sampling for a variety of personal and area exposure assessment scenarios. Whole air sampling provides more options to address varying sampling locations, conditions, objectives, sample collection times and ability to obtain more information per sample. Through the use of hands-on experiential demonstrations and illustrative case studies, this course will train the IH to learn the techniques and information necessary to make the transition to whole air sampling and use it effectively. Instructors will compare techniques by discussing advantages and disadvantages of each type of sampler to aide in selecting the proper technique for a variety of sampling scenarios. Understanding the laboratory analysis of whole air samples, how to read and evaluate the QC data and results in a laboratory report and how regulatory agencies (such as OSHA) view and use whole air sampling data will also be covered.


Basic mechanical, computation, and evaluation skills are required.

Learning Aids

Participants must bring a laptop OR tablet/iPad.

Value Added

Gaining awareness of an innovative way to collect air samples that is new to the IH community, and equips the industrial hygienist with an exceptional alternative for his/her sampling toolbox that exceeds current alternatives.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Explain acceptance of whole air sampling by regulating agencies.
  • Describe methodologies, advantages, and disadvantages of whole air sampling techniques compared with other sampling choices.
  • Share practical experience with using whole air sampling devices and measurement equipment.
  • Recognize potential sampling challenges and how to select the proper sampling technique.
  • Communicate with a laboratory concerning analytical data questions, evaluate results in a laboratory report and understand what they mean.


  • Introduction, course objectives and foundational premise for whole air sampling
  • Government agency use and acceptance of whole air techniques for exposure assessment
  • Whole air sampling media choices, principles of operation, flow control, and hands-on practical demonstrations
  • Comparison of whole air sampling to traditional techniques
  • Laboratory analysis of whole air samples
  • Practical application using field case studies

Transfer of Knowledge

Instructors will evaluate participants understanding of the materials presented based on:

  • Hands-on demonstrations and practicum
  • Practice exercises

Course Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/16PDC424

Sponsoring Committee

Sampling and Laboratory Analysis