Standard Practices for
Preserving and Transporting Soil Samples1
This standard is issued under the fixed designation D 4220; the number immediately following the designation indicates the year of
original adoption or, in the case of revision, the year of the last revision. A number in parentheses indicates the year of last reapproval. A
superscript epsilon (e) indicates an editorial change since the last revision or reapproval.
1. Scope *
1.1 These practices cover procedures for preserving soil
samples immediately after they are obtained in the field and
accompanying procedures for transporting and handling the
1.2 Limitations—These practices are not intended to address requirements applicable to transporting soil samples
known or suspected to contain hazardous materials.
1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the
safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the
responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. See Section 7.
2. Referenced Documents
2.1 ASTM Standards:
D 420 Guide to Site Characterization for Engineering, Design, and Construction Purposes2
D 653 Terminology Relating to Soil, Rock, and Contained
D 1452 Practice for Soil Investigation and Sampling by
D 1586 Test Method for Penetration Test and Split-Barrel
Sampling of Soils2
D 1587 Practice for Thin-Walled Tube Sampling of Soils2
D 2488 Practice for Description and Identification of Soils
D 3550 Practice for Ring-Lined Barrel Sampling of Soils2
D 4564 Test Method for Density of Soil in Place by the
D 4700 Guide for Soil Sampling from the Vadose Zone2
3.1 Terminology in these practices is in accordance with
Terminology D 653.
4. Summary of Practices
4.1 The various procedures are given under four groupings
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