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Standard Operating Procedures

SAFETY
Visit our safety page to access safety-related standard operating procedures and our chemical hygiene plan

AMBIENT AIR MONITORING STATIONS
Rabbit Mountain NOx and CO calibration
Horsepool station checkout procedures
Checkout of 2B ozone monitoring stations
Filter-based PM2.5 sampling with BGI PQ200
Operation of the TEOM 1450-DF
Setting up AT&T Sierra Wireless cards, including static IP addresses
Collecting QC samples for can sampling systems
Operating the blue Dynacal permeation ovens (including calculating the perm rate gravimetrically)
Annual checks of meteorological instrumentation at field sites
Installation and programming of Sierra Wireless RV50 cell modems

PORTABLE TRIPODS FOR DNPH AND CANISTER SAMPLING
Quick reference guide
Comprehensive pods SOP

CANISTER LAB PREP AND ANALYSIS WITH THE ENTECH-SHIMADZU GC/GC/MS SYSTEM
A checklist/fillable form for starting and finalizing a batch (usually you will fill this out in Rspace)
Evaluating an MS autotune
Shimadzu maintenance guide and our paper maintenance log sheets
Making sequence tables and batch tables
Analyzing canister data (chromatograms, Excel checkout table, etc.)
Checklist for putting the GC/GC/MS-Entech system in standby after a run is complete
Cleaning canisters
Making calibration standard canisters and the calibration standard calculation worksheet
Diluting canisters and the canister dilution plan worksheet (for high-concentration samples)
Worksheet for making a gas-phase internal standard from liquid-phase standards
Calculating concentrations of individual compounds in GC/GC/MS calibration samples
Analyzing organics in vial headspace with the PAL system

LABORATORY WORK
General organic chemistry lab techniques (online textbook)
Using the direct probe on the GC/MS in room 215
Laboratory analysis of filter-based PM2.5 samples
Analysis of soil and water samples for TOC
Gravimetric verification of nitrogen compound permeation tubes
Using the 3-D printer

CLEANING AND LAB MAINTENANCE
Cleaning tubing
Washing dishes
Washing parts with methanol
Regenerating Indicating Drierite

EMISSIONS STUDIES
Mobile Lab SOP: High Flow, Flux Chamber, and Soil Gas
Mobile Lab 6-chamber daily checklist
Infrared leak detection camera well site survey SOP
Propane release for IR camera testing SOP
Direct carbonyl emissions sampling from oil and gas equipment
Install, uninstall, and factory calibration procedures for Fox thermal flow meters

ENVIRONMENTAL ECOLOGY
Environmental ecology field lab and manual
Aquatic macroinvertebrate collection
Fish collection
Plant collection and processing
Avian egg collection
Avian egg processing
Avian survey

OTHER FIELD MEASUREMENTS
Lab prep and field collection of soil samples for VOC, TOC, and bacterial analysis
Field collection of samples for mercury GC/MS
Deployment and collection of single VOC canisters with automatic timer
Operating YSI EXO water quality sonde
Master SOP for field collection of water, soil, tissue and plant samples, and for analysis for HPC, TOC, VOC, pH, ORP, TDS, and soil properties

MERCURY
Dual channel mercury system and automated mercury calibrator
Weighing mercury permeation tubes
Excel template, calculator, and SOP for elemental mercury vapor injections

ADMINISTRATIVE
Processing eprint and account log information
Notes about operation of the UBAIR database and website


SOP TEMPLATE (Microsoft Word)
Chain of Custody Template (Microsoft Excel)


Annual SOP Review Form
Click here to fill out the SOP review form. Everyone who does lab or field work with the Bingham Center should read the SOPs that apply to their work annually and fill out the review form. The form is due by the end of January of each year. If you read additional SOPs after January, you must fill out the form again as documentation.