• 1 National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
  • 2 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  • 3 Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia


There are several alternative sampling and analytical methods available for the determination of respirable
crystalline silica exposure among workers. The commonly used ones are, (1) NIOSH Manual Analytical Method
No.7500(NMAM 7500) which is Silica, crystalline, by X-ray difractometer via filter deposition(NIOSH 2003), and
(2) MDHS 101 (Methods for the Determination of Hazardous Substances (MDHS) Guidance No.101: Respirable
crystalline silica in respirable airborne dust). The aim of this study is to compare applicability of respirable crystalline
silica sampling and analysis between method MDHS 101 and NMAM 7500. Laboratory procedures will be performed
strictly based on MDHS 101 and NMAM 7500. Both methods apply X-ray diffraction as analytical technique with
many variations on sampling techniques and laboratory preparations. Quality assurance values such as detection
limits, accuracy and precision are derived from both data and will be compared to determine which of the method
establishes better quality assurance. The method which establishes better quality assurance will be recommend to be
used in Malaysian respirable crystalline silica monitoring programme. The strength of this research lies on its potential
to provide local capabilities in analysis of respirable crystalline silica in Malaysian setting.