Introduction to IH Analytical Chemistry

6 Contact Hours

This introductory self-study workbook course begins to address the training gap among lab chemists and technicians who analyze routine samples but may have little or no specific training in industrial hygiene.

This course will explain key concepts that pertain specifically to Industrial Hygiene Sampling and Analysis - principles, techniques, and calculations - that make personal monitoring and exposure assessment meaningful. Topics include

  • Occupational Exposure Limits 

  • Personal Sampling of Gases, Vapors and Aerosols 

  • Characteristics of Personal Samplers 

  • Sampling Parameters and Calculations 

  • Lab Analysis - Concepts and Techniques 

  • Data Analysis, and Statistics

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, participants will be able to:
  • Describe basic definitions, concepts, and principles of personal air sampling for compliance with OSHA PELs. 

  • List common samplers and sampling methods used in personal sampling with an emphasis on the practical capabilities and limitations of each device.

  • Explain common laboratory techniques used in analyzing personal air samples with emphasis on the practical capabilities and limitations of each technique.

Course Outline
  • Definitions

  • Occupational Exposure Limits – PELs and STELs 

  • Personal Sampling (in Workers’ Personal Breathing Zones) 

  • Sampling Gases, Vapors, and Aerosols

  • Characteristics of Personal Samplers 

  • Personal Sampling – Parameters and Calculations 

  • Lab Analysis – Basic Concepts 

  • Lab Analysis – Techniques 

  • Data Analysis and Statistics

Course Completion

You will have up to 3 months from your purchase date to complete it. After reviewing the workbook, you must complete the online exam and evaluation. Details are included in the workbook.

Course Authors

Charles R. (Gus) Manning received his PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Kansas. Since founding Assay Technology in 1981, his work has focused on the development of air sampling and analytical lab test technologies.  He is a CIH and a Past Chair of the AIHA Committee on Sampling and Lab Analysis. He is currently the President and Technical Director of Assay Technology, a sampler manufacturer which also operates two AIHA-accredited laboratories.

Mary Eide is retired from OSHA Salt Lake Technical Center where she worked for 33 years as a chemist, and is a Past Chair of the AIHA Sampling and Laboratory Analysis Committee.  While at OSHA, Ms. Eide developed 9 validated sampling and analytical methods, 101 partially validated methods, and performed many studies. Additionally, she served as a member of the OSHA Forensics Team for 20 years assisting in investigations of major industrial accidents and fatalities.  Ms. Eide has taught a PDC on air sampling strategies and received the Secretary of Labor Outstanding Achievement Award for her work in developing standards for Hexavalent Chromium, Diacetyl, and Acetoin.     


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