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Test Method: SATRA TM337

Concentration of airborne dust and rubber fume

May 1992 (2009)


This method is intended to determine the level of dust in the air being breathed by a person during the normal course of their work. The method is specifically applicable to the three categories of: total dust; respirable dust; and rubber fumes.


Method 1 (Total dust) - The change in mass of a glass fibre filter is recorded after a known volume of contaminated air is passed through it.

Method 2 (Rubber fume in total dust) - The contaminated filter is extracted with cyclohexane and the mass loss determined.

Method 3 (Respirable and total dust) - This method is the same as Method 1 except that the larger dust particles, not considered to be respirable, are separated from the contaminated air before it passes through the glass fibre filter.

Related tests are given for the accepted definitions of total dust, respirable dust, and rubber fume.


This Test Method does not reference any additional Standards or Test Methods.


First issued November 1990 (draft). Revised May 1992. Amended October 2000, December 2009.


This test method is available to members and non-members.


This price is for a printed copy of the Test Method.

  • Members: £75
  • Non-members: £215



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