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This report gives specific guidance for the development of sampling strategies for volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The report is divided into three sections. Firstly, general considerations which highlight the sampling objectives of indoor VOC measurements, the numerous sources of VOCs and their emission characteristics, the dynamic character of indoor pollution by VOCs, and the interpretation of VOC measurements in relation to health and comfort. These considerations are a prerequisite for the development of sampling strategies. Secondly, discussion of the elements of sampling strategies for VOCs. These elements include the type and number of objects (buildings) and spaces in which air samples should be taken, the types and status of sources in these spaces, the environmental conditions before and during sampling, the position of the sampler in the selected spaces, the sampling duration, time and frequency, sampling and analytical methods, and quality control and assurance. The common choices of the above mentioned elements are discussed. Thirdly outline of sampling strategies (ie selections of the above mentioned elements) for the more frequent sampling objectives.

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Authors: LUNDGREN B, Swedish National Testing and Research Institute, Borås (SE);CRUMP D R, BuildingResearch Establishment, Watford (GB);KNÖPPEL H, JRC Ispra (IT);LAURENT A-M, Laboratoire d'Hygiène de la Ville de Paris(FR);LEBRET E, National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Protection, Bilthoven (NL);ROTHWEILER H, Umwelt undGesundheit, Kloten (CH);SEIFERT B, Umweltbundesamt, Institut für Wasser-, Boden- und Lufthygiene Berlin(DE);WOLKOFF P, National Institute of Occupational Health, Copenhagen (DK);CAVALLO D, Università di Milano, Istituto diMedicina del Lavoro (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16051 EN (1994) 52pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT)
Record Number: 199510010 / Last updated on: 1995-03-21
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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