The patented* IOM Sampler, developed by J. H. Vincent and D. Mark at the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) in Scotland, meets the ACGIH sampling criteria for inhalable particulate mass. The IOM Personal Inhalable Sampler is a conductive plastic sampling head that houses a reusable 25-mm filter cassette with specified filter for the collection of inhalable airborne particles. When attached to a personal sampling pump operating at 2 L/min and clipped near a worker’s breathing zone, the IOM effectively traps particles up to 100 µm in aerodynamic diameter and closely simulates the manner in which airborne workplace particles are inhaled through the nose and mouth. Because both the cassette and the filter are pre and post-weighed as a single unit, all particles collected (even larger ones) are included in the analysis. The cassette can be cleaned, reloaded with a new filter, and reused.
ACGIH sampling criteria for inhalable particulate mass