EPA Method 5000

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EPA Method 5000:
SAMPLE PREPARATION FOR VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS

Summary:
Method 5000 provides general guidance on the selection of sample preparation methods (purge-and-trap, extraction, azeotropic distillation, vacuum distillation, dilution, headspace, etc.) for introducing volatile organic compounds into a detection device (outlined in the determinative methods). The matrices include aqueous, soil/sediment, solid waste, organic solvents, air, and oily waste. Other waste matrices may be adaptable to one or more of the listed preparation methods.

Scope:
Method 5000 provides general information that is common to each of the methods listed in Sec. 1.0. Specifically, this includes: interference problems that are common to any volatile organic sample preparation method; preparation of calibration standards, internal standards, surrogate spikes, laboratory control samples (LCSs), and matrix spikes; a brief summary of each of the methods; and the specific quality control procedures that should be applied to each of the preparative methods.