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Title Allergen Sampling Guide

ALLERGEN SAMPLING GUIDE

PROCEDURE FOR DUST SAMPLING WITH THE DUST COLLECTOR

1.Insert the white filter tube securely into the red dust collector, through the opening at the angled end.

2. Attach the dust collector to the vacuum cleaner hose or tube.

3.Turn on the vacuum cleaner and vacuum 4 separate areas for 30 seconds each, where each area is about ¼ square meter. Total sampling time is 2 minutes and total area sampled is about 1 square meter. A minimum of 100 mg dust is required for allergen analysis.

4.Remove the filter tube containing the dust sample and place it in a small Ziploc bag or equivalent. Label the bag with your sample name or code.

5.Use a new dust collector and filter to collect the sample.  Use a separate dust collector and filter for every subsequent sample until you have taken all your samples.

6.Send the filters containing the dust sample to EMSL Analytical, Inc. for allergen analysis. The usual turnaround time is 6-10 business days.  Quicker turnaround time is available.

Indoor Allergen Analyses Available

Test Code Description
M034 Cat Dander Cat Dander (Fel d 1) by ELISA
M035 Dog Dander Dog Dander (Can f 1) by ELISA
M036 Cockroach Cockroach (Bla g 1) by ELISA
M037 Dust Mites Dust Mites (Der p 1 & Der f 1) by ELISA
M038 Mouse Mouse (Mus m 1) by ELISA
M039 Rat Rat (Rat n 1) by ELISA
M044 Indoor Allergen Group Cat, Dog, Cockroach, and Dust Mites by ELISA

ELISA Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay.

Multiple allergens can be analyzed from a single filter with a dust sample.