International platforms for researching published methods for measuring hazardous substances

Origin of the methods

Only methods published in compendia of methods for atmospheric measurements at the workplace are considered. The following are not listed:

  • Methods designed solely for static (area) sampling:
    Methods for atmospheric measurement at the workplace must be designed for measurement of personal exposure. The sampling system must be located as close as possible to the employee's breathing zone. Consequently, only methods employing personal air samplers are listed.
  • Methods developed for the ambient air:
    The environmental conditions and substance concentrations in the ambient air may differ widely from those at the workplace, and are not comparable. For this reason, the conditions under which atmospheric workplace measurements are performed differ from those for the ambient air. Indoor atmospheric measurements usually involve static sampling methods with a high air flow.
  • Methods developed by companies, without review by an independent group:
    Methods stated in company information are not normally assessed against EN 482, and refer to the company's own products. They do not refer to products from other companies with similar performance.

The acknowledged sources are listed in the table. In the interests of brevity, the publishers of the methods are stated only in abbreviated form in the lists of methods in the database.

Published or edited by Country Language Link to website/remarks
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (IFA) of the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV)
Germany German
Fees apply
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation)
Germany German

DGUV Expert Committee for the Raw Materials and Chemical Industry, Hazardous Substances unit
Germany German
4 BAuA
Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin (Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
Germany German
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
USA English
International Organization for Standardization
- English
Fees apply
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
USA English
NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods, 5th Edition
NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods, 4th Edition
8 INRS - Métropol
Institut national de recherche et de sécurité pour la prévention des accidents du travail et des maladies professionnelles
France French
Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail
Canada English

Instituto Nacional de Seguridad y Salud en el Trabajo (Spanish National Institute for Safety and Health at Work)
Spain Spanish
11 HSE
Health and Safety Executive
England English