Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures for Ambient Air

This page last reviewed July 19, 2012

 

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 Michael Werst at (916) 322-6202 for questions or information regarding the Organics Laboratory and Inorganics Laboratory SOPs, respectively. 


Organics Laboratory

SOP-Version
Number

Standard Operating Procedure Title

Effective
Date

Summary

SOP
PDF

020-3.3 

Cleaning 6-Liter Summa Polished Canisters

01/01/02 

2K

178K

022-4.1 

Determination of Carbonyl Compounds in Ambient Air

01/01/96 

2K

133K

058-2.0
 
 

Special Study 

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

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

05/15/02
 
 

06/25/02 

5K
 
 

3K

836K
 
 

477K

066-1.0

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

07/01/03

 4K

838K


Inorganics Laboratory

SOP-Version
Number

Standard Operating Procedure Title

Effective
Date

Summary

SOP
(PDF)

005-6.1 

Metals Analysis by Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry

5/15/07 

3K

215K

007-4.1 

Determination of Sulfate, Nitrate, and Chloride Using Ion Chromatography

01/19/88 

2K

N/A 

016-6.0 

Mass Analysis and Subsequent Extraction of SSI-Sampled PM10 from Exposed Quartz Microfiber Filters

03/21/91 

2K

244K

023-1.0 

Determination of Ammonium and Potassium Using Ion Chromatography

02/01/88 

2K

N/A 

034-2.0 

Determination of Elemental Concentrations in Ambient Air by Energy-Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescent Spectroscopy

06/17/91 

2K

211K

038-N/A 

Hazardous Waste Disposal Procedure

Pending 

N/A 

N/A 

039-3.0 

Extraction and Analysis of Hexavalent Chromium by Ion Chromatography

08/01/93 

3K

131K 

055-0.0 

Determination of PM2.5 Mass in Ambient Air by Gravimetric Analysis

07/31/02 

3K

183K 

061-1.0 

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

01/01/07 

2K

172K

062-0.0 

Filter and Canister Preparation for PM2.5 Speciation Samples

06/20/02 

2K

128K 

064-0.0 

Analysis of Anions and Cations in PM2.5 Speciation Samples by Ion Chromatography

06/18/02 

3K

186K 

065-1.0 

Organic and Elemental Carbon Analysis of Exposed Quartz Microfiber Filters

08/01/02 

3K

71K 

     

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