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The Journal for Employee Protection
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Texas-based Lone Star Hazmat Response is using a handheld TigerLT volatile organic compound (VOC) monitor from Ion Science (www.ionscience.com) – leading manufacturer of advanced gas detection instrumentation for global occupational health and environmental monitoring applications – to identify the presence of potentially harmful VOCs at hazardous materials incidents. Chosen for its ease of use, quick start and humidity resistant design, the entry-level photoionisation detector (PID) is helping the emergency spill and land remediation specialist to increase efficiencies by quickly and accurately determining the level of protection required by first responders.
For more than 15 years, Lone Star Hazmat
Response has excelled at providing industry-leading emergency spill response as
well as safe and effective environmental remediation services. The company has
steadily added to its capabilities and now maintains four strategically located
rapid response centres in eastern Texas, which allows it to deploy rapidly
whenever an emergency requires its services.
The Lone Star Hazmat Response team,
which comprises hazmat specialists and incident commanders, works closely with
first responders including firefighters, police and paramedics to provide
critical support across a range of hazardous materials incidents. These include
roadside emergency spills involving oil, diesel fuel and gasoline, product
transfer for situations where fluid must be moved from a compromised vehicle to
another or in the unfortunate event of an oil, gas or salt water release.
As part of its commitment to ensuring
the safety of first responders, Lone Star Hazmat Response is using the Ion
Science TigerLT PID to identify the presence of potentially harmful
VOCs on scene and advise on the level of protection required.
Lone Star Hazmat Response uses PID
instruments to quickly identify the presence of gases and vapours. Monitoring
the ambient air for parts per million (ppm) and parts per billion (ppb)
concentrations of VOCs allows the company to quickly evaluate the danger and
determine if leaking fugitive gases are toxic.
Richard Lenius, General Manager at Lone
Star Hazmat Response comments: “After meeting Ion Science at the TCEQ trade
conference and learning more about its products, we chose the TigerLT
handheld PID as it met our cost and functionality requirements. During testing
the instrument proved extremely easy to operate and ready to use immediately
after powering on. As we get called out to all kinds of environments, I was
also particularly drawn to the instrument’s humidity resistance and
anti-contamination design especially as our other PIDs had failed on humid
Ion Science’s TigerLT, which
offers worldwide Intrinsic Safety (IS) certification for use in potentially
explosive atmospheres, is a streamlined, low cost version of Ion Science’s well
proven Tiger PID model.
Like all Ion Science PID instruments,
the TigerLT incorporates the company’s market-leading PID technology
with advanced patented fence electrode system. This three- electrode format
ensures increased resistance to humidity and contamination for ultimate
reliability and accuracy in the field.
With a detection range of 0.1 – 5,000
ppm utilising a standard two-point calibration protocol, Ion Science’s robust
TigerLT also offers an unrivalled
industry response time of just two seconds and equally quick clear down.
PID is not specific in terms of gas selection, it offers a continuous and
almost instant response rate enabling first responders to carry out their
duties secure in the knowledge that their exposure to hazardous chemicals is
very nature, emergency response work carries an element of the unknown which
can sometimes hinder our ability to quickly provide the vital information
needed by first responders to ensure their own protection as well as that of
bystanders and the wider community,” Richard adds. “Even in the most
challenging environments, a single PID like the Ion Science TigerLT gives fast, accurate and reliable results
and a true reading rather than a percentage of mixed air.”
Both simple to operate and service, the TigerLT offers easy access to the lamp and sensor with batteries that can be safely replaced in hazardous environments. The intrinsically safe instrument also meets ATEX, IECEx, UL and CSA standards.
“the TigerLT six pin MiniPID detector cell with anti-contamination design dramatically extends run time in the field”
The key advantage of TigerLT
over other similar, low cost handheld PID instruments is its market leading
accuracy and run time due to is anti-contamination and humidity resistant
design. Another attribute is its global Intrinsic Safety certification.
Although the accreditation process can differ from country to country, the
TigerLT can be used in explosive hazardous areas such as within
petrochemical plants that are located anywhere in the world.
The TigerLT six pin MiniPID
detector cell with anti-contamination design dramatically extends run time in
the field. Low cost filters and lamps can be easily changed in minutes,
It features long life rechargeable
Li-ion batteries which give up to 24 hours usage. Fast battery charging allows
the instrument to be fully charged in 6.5 hours, while eight hours of use can
be achieved from 1.5 hours of charging time.
Richard continues: “The clear, back lit
display with large font enables those members of the team that require glasses
to see air readings better than the other PIDs we have used. It is
also quick and ready for use in
comparison. One of the features that we particularly like is the quick button
for zeroing the air.”
TigerLT features a
protective, removable boot for harsh environments while a large, clear back-lit
display allows for easy viewing in any light condition. It is IP 65 rated
against water ingress. An integrated torch is designed for directing the
instrument’s probe into dimly lit areas. Other features include a loud 95 dB
audible alarm and multiple language support.
Ready to use, straight out of the box,
the TigerLT does not require complicated set up procedures via a PC
to perform basic functions.
Richard concludes: “Overall we have been
really pleased with the TigerLT and the service provided by Ion
Science. We would definitely recommend the instrument to other emergency hazmat
response companies. In fact, I have already demonstrated the TigerLT
to multiple fire department hazmat teams.”
Ion Science Ltd is a leading manufacturer of gas detection instrumentation within industrial applications. Our product portfolio ranges from our revolutionary photoionization detectors (PIDs) for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) with optimal performance in humid and dirty working environments, to IAQ monitors, gas leak detectors and mercury analysers, all distributed world wide.
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