Parts Per Million (PPM)

Published: | Updated: August 12, 2018

Definition - What does Parts Per Million (PPM) mean?

Parts per million (PPM) is a unit of measurement used when expressing a very dilute concentration level of pollutants in the air, water and other fluids. For example, 1 PPM of ink in water means that in a million mass units of water there would be one mass unit of ink. Thus, PPM refers to one item in a million of anything of the same size.

Safeopedia explains Parts Per Million (PPM)

PPM is commonly used in measuring air, water and body fluids pollution. PPM is the mass ratio between a component and a solution. Mathematically, 1 PPM can be expressed as following:

  • 1 PPM = 1 mg/kg
  • 1 PPM = 1 mg/ltr
  • 1 PPM = 0.0001 %
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