Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures for Ambient Air

This page last reviewed August 26, 2015

 

The laboratory standard operating procedures (SOPs) are documents which describe the steps necessary to conduct a measurement and the critical parameters to be evaluated during the analysis.  SOPs set out detailed steps that implement the general guidance of the quality control manual.  SOPs are written such that a chemist or laboratory technician with experience in the particular analytical technique can follow the procedure and obtain the same result as another similarly trained chemist.  The SOPs are specific to the Air Resources Board laboratories because they describe the actual instrumentation and equipment used.  Mention of specific equipment and products do not constitute endorsement or recommendation for use by the Air Resources Board. 

SOPs have been written for each method used by the Air Resources Board to generate data for record.  The listed SOPs are used by the Air Resources Board laboratories to analyze ambient air samples.  The following table provides a summary of each active SOP along with the entire document.  Inactive SOPs and their summaries currently not in use are archived for future reference. 

Please contact Kathy Gill at (916) 445-9483 or Brenda Saldana at (916) 322-0222 for questions or information regarding the Organics Laboratory and Inorganics Laboratory SOPs, respectively. 


Organics Laboratory

SOP-Version
Number

Standard Operating Procedure Title

Effective
Date

020-4.0 

Cleaning 6-Liter Summa Polished Canisters (1,106 K)

04/01/13 

022-4.2 

Determination of Carbonyl Compounds in Ambient Air (1,322K)

06/01/14 

058-2.0
 
 

Special Study 

Determination of Aromatic and Halogenated Compounds in Ambient Air by Capillary Column Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (836K)


Parallel Study of Data from Ambient Air Samples Analyzed by Methods MLD052, MLD057, MLD058, for 1,3-Butadiene, Aromatic, and Halogenated Compounds (477K)

05/15/02
 
 

06/25/02 

066-1.0

Determination of Oxygenates and Nitriles in Ambient Air by Capillary Column Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (838K)

07/01/03

073-1.0

Analysis of Levoglucosan, Mannosan, and Galactosan in Ambient Air Using Gas Chromatography / Mass Spectrometry (884K)

12/01/14

074-1.0

Preparation of Calibration and Control Standards Using a Mixer/Dilution Apparatus (469K)

01/01/15


Inorganics Laboratory

SOP-Version
Number

Standard Operating Procedure Title

Effective
Date

005-6.1 

Metals Analysis by Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry (215K)

5/15/07 

016-6.0 

Mass Analysis and Subsequent Extraction of SSI-Sampled PM10 from Exposed Quartz Microfiber Filters (244K)

03/21/91 

034-2.0 

Determination of Elemental Concentrations in Ambient Air by Energy-Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescent Spectroscopy (211K)

06/17/91 

039-3.0 

Extraction and Analysis of Hexavalent Chromium by Ion Chromatography (131K)

08/01/93 

055-1.0 

Determination of PM2.5 Mass in Ambient Air by Gravimetric Analysis (1,118K)

03/04/14 

061-1.0 

Trace Elemental Analysis of Ambient Air Particulate Samples Using Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) (172K)

01/01/07 

062-0.0 

Filter and Canister Preparation for PM2.5 Speciation Samples (128K)

06/20/02 

064-0.0 

Analysis of Anions and Cations in PM2.5 Speciation Samples by Ion Chromatography (186K)

06/18/02 

065-1.0 

Organic and Elemental Carbon Analysis of Exposed Quartz Microfiber Filters (71K)

08/01/02 

068-0.0

Analysis of Anions and Cations in PM10 Samples by Ion Chromatography (647K)

08/04/15

     

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