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Air Monitoring for Toxic Exposures
Second Edition
by Henry J. McDermott

An invaluable resource for using air monitoring for industrial hygiene and emergency response––now updated and revised!

This Second Edition covers all these developments and more, making it the most in-depth, comprehensive, and up-to-date reference on the subject available.

Air Monitoring for Toxic Exposures offers ready-to-use information for measuring a wide variety of airborne hazardous materials including chemicals, radon, and bioaerosols. It provides the practical procedures needed for air sampling, collecting biological and bulk samples, evaluating dermal exposures, and determining the advantages and limitations of a given air monitoring method.

Seasoned industrial hygienists will appreciate the text’s detailed coverage of the latest sampling equipment. Other safety professionals–who may not have or require as detailed a technical understanding–will value the book’s "start-to-finish" overview of the subject. And, specifically for fire service, hazmat, and other emergency specialists, a new chapter functions as a stand-alone guide to air monitoring for emergency and terrorism response.

Other new or greatly revised chapters cover:

  • A general overview for less technical readers
  • How to plan monitoring and use a statistical sampling approach
  • Monitoring using "sample collection devices"
  • Sample collection device methods for aerosols
  • Instruments with sensors for specific chemicals
  • Instruments for multiple gases and vapors
  • Colorimetric systems for gas and vapor sampling
  • Sampling for bioaerosols including mold
  • Passive monitoring devices

A clear style, numerous illustrations and photographs, and easy-to-apply instructions make Air Monitoring for Toxic Exposures an accessible resource for nontechnical or student readers, while its depth of coverage ensures its place as the most comprehensive professional reference on the subject available.


  1. Background Concepts for Air Monitoring
    1. Air Monitoring review.
    2. Hazards.
    3. Exposure Assessment Strategy and Monitoring Plan.
    4. Air Monitoring at Emergencies Including Terrorism Events.

  2. Sample Collection Device Methods for Chemicals
    1. Introduction to Monitoring Using Sample Collection Devices.
    2. Sample Collection Device Methods for Gases and Vapors.
    3. Sample Collection Device Methods for Aerosols.
    4. Concurrent Sampling for Vapors and Aerosols.

  3. Real-Time Measurement Instruments
    1. Introduction to Monitoring Using Real-Time Methods.
    2. Instrument with Sensors for Specific Chemicals.
    3. General Survey Instruments for Gases and Vapors.
    4. Instruments for Multiple Specific Gases and Vapors: GC, GC/MS, and IR.
    5. Colorimetric Systems for Gas and Vapor Sampling.
    6. Real-Time Sampling Methods for Aerosols.

  4. Monitoring for Airborne Agents Other than Chemicals
    1. Radon Measurements.
    2. Sampling for Bioaerosols.

  5. Specific Sampling Applications and Supplementary Information
    1. Specific Sampling Situations.
    2. Biological Monitoring.
    3. Surface Sampling Methods.
    4. Bulk Sampling Methods

Appendix A: Air Sampling Procedures
Appendix B: Gas and Vapor Calibrations
Appendix C: Field Calibration of Gas and Vapor Sensors
Appendix D: Chemical-Specific Guidelines for Air Sampling and Analysis


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Air Monitoring for Toxic Exposures 2nd Edition
by Henry J. McDermott
2004 • 688 pages • $169.00 + shipping
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