Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Selecting an Area Sampler

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Selecting an Area Sampler

Article excerpt

Selecting an area sampler

Asbestos area samplers monitor rooms where asbestos abatement work is being done and proximate areas as well. The samplers determine whether the quality of the air poses a hazard.

Because area samplers are generally used while stationary but often moved to different locations, they should be "transportable," although not necessarily "portable," according to Ken Acer, technical expert in industrial hygiene for safety product manufacturer, MSA, Pittsburgh, Pa. In selecting an area sampler, beyond basic "transportability," size and weight should not be major considerations, according to Acer. Acer offers the following tips for selecting and using area samplers:

Like almost everything else, area samplers offer "a tradeoff between cost and reliability," and Acer says, "I've never seen a product line with greater disparity." Low-end models, for example, may cost as little as $300, but they require almost weekly maintenance; whereas some models that sell for $1,000 and above are "practically maintenance-free." Acer sees uses for both types of models. Low-cost models, for example, are ideal for those just entering the abatement field and for building owners who are doing one-time-only sampling, according to Acer. Larger contractors tend to choose the more expensive models, he says.

Acer offers quietness as a key consideration in the selection of an area sampler. For example, if people are going to continue using the building while the work is in progress, the noise level has to be kept to a minimum. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.