571 Badge Formaldehyde Background Level

571 Badge Formaldehyde Background Level

When a Lot of 571 badges is manufactured, a representative number of badges are tested for background levels of formaldehyde and other significant interferences.  For formaldehyde background, the average and standard deviation of the background levels must pass established criteria before the lot is approved for customer use.  The average value of the formaldehyde background is listed below.  Laboratories that use and resale our badges to their customers can use the values below to blank correct their results or just verify their lab is getting the same level of background.

All media that collects formaldehyde has some background formaldehyde.  Since Assay Technology manufactures our media inside of glove boxes filled with Nitrogen gas, the background levels are very low and consistent.

571 Badge Formaldehyde Background Level

Lot Expiration Date Initial Background Level, ug 6 Month Shelf Life Background Level, ug
5B16 5/31/2017 0.047 0.043
7A16 7/31/2017 0.056 0.053
9B16 9/30/2016 0.018 0.021
11B16 11/30/2016 0.024 0.024
12B16 12/31/2016 0.021  0.025
1B17 1/31/2018 0.021  0.025
2D17 2/28/2018 0.023  0.033
4B17 4/30/2018 0.023
5B17 5/31/2018 0.027  0.045
6J17 6/30/2018 0.026
7C17 7/31/2018 0.037
9A17 9/30/2018 0.042
10B17 10/31/2018 0.036
10D17 10/31/2018 0.025
11A17 11/30/2018 0.022
12A17 12/31/2018 0.039
Note 1:  The lot number format is Month/Letter/Year.  So Lot 1C11 was produced in January 2011.
Note 2: For each lot, Assay Technology tests a set of aldehyde monitors to assure the level of formaldehyde is within acceptance limits.   A background level of 0.0046 ppm is 0.6% of the PEL.  The background of formaldehyde for a specific lot is subtracted from all samples tested at AT Labs.