Airborne contaminants can present a significant threat to worker health and safety. Thus, identification and quantification of these contaminants through air monitoring is an essential component of a health and safety program at a hazardous waste site. Reliable measurements of airborne contaminants are useful for: • Selecting personal protective equipment.
• Delineating areas where protection is needed.
• Assessing the potential health effects of exposure
• Determining the need for specific medical monitoring.
This chapter delineates the factors to consider when conducting air monitoring at a hazardous waste site. It presents strategies for assessing airborne contamination at hazardous waste sites and describes instruments and methods for measuring exposures