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ASTM D6178-97(2003)

ASTM D6178-97(2003)

Standard Practice for Estimation of Short-Term Inhalation Exposure to Volatile Organic Chemicals Emitted from Bedding Sets

2010-12-31 /Historical
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The objective of this practice is to provide procedures for estimation of human inhalation exposure to VOCs emitted from bedding sets. The estimated inhalation exposure can be used as an input to characterization of health risks from short-term VOC exposures.

The results of exposure estimation for specific raw materials and components, or processes used in manufacturing different bedding sets, can be used to compare their relative impacts on exposures.


1.1 This practice covers the procedures for estimation of short-term human inhalation exposure to volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) emitted from bedding sets when a new bedding set is first brought into a house.

1.2 The estimated exposure is based on an estimated emission profile of VOCs from bedding sets.

1.3 The VOC emission from bedding sets, as in the case of other household furnishings, usually are highest when the products are new. Procedures described in this practice also are applicable to used bedding sets.

1.4 Exposure to airborne VOC emissions in a residence is estimated for a household member, based on location and activity patterns.

1.5 The estimated exposure may be used for characterization of health risks that could result from short-term exposures to VOC emissions.

1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to its use.

activity pattern; air change rate; bedding set; emission profile; emissions; environmental chamber; exposure assessment; exposure scenario; indoor air quality; inhalation exposure; potential inhaled dose
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