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Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Air Monitoring

Particulate matter less than 2.5mm in diameter (PM2.5) is dangerous to human health because it can be inhaled and lodged deep in the lungs. Devices for measuring PM2.5 in the air, such as the TSI SidePak AM510 Personal Aerosol Monitor, are active samplers. The SidePak uses a pump to draw air inside to measure the real-time concentration of air particles in milligrams per cubic meter. PM2.5 is a non-specific marker for SHS exposure since there are other sources of PM2.5 in the air. As a result, effective use of this sampler requires a benchmark sample be collected in a similar but smoke-free environment for comparison purposes.

To start your PM2.5 Air Monitoring Training, complete the steps below:



Section A | download transcript


Section B | download transcript

Training Video

How to measure particulate matter in the air | download transcript

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This project is funded by the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use and the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute (FAMRI), developed in consultation with Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University of Southern California, Institute for Global Health.