Scenario 2: Another routine rescue?

"Standardized training for the operation and interpretation of direct-reading meters is severely lacking. While most users are able to calibrate and operate the meter within the range of alarms, readings are often misinterpreted creating a potential Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health (IDLH) situation. 

Scenario 2

For years, workers at a dry ice company have been disposing of dry ice chips in a dumpster. On one occasion, a worker notices a bike near the dumpster, but doesn’t know whose bike it is. The worker looks inside the dumpster and sees a young man lying at the bottom. 911 was called and the fire department was dispatched. This was just a routine rescue, wasn’t it? 
What direct-reading instruments should the firefighters use in order to have them safely investigate the situation? PID? Combustible gas meter? Electrochemical sensor? Thermal conductivity sensor? NDIR? Colorimetric tubes?

Do your first responders have the knowledge and skills needed to make decisions in situations like this?

Through case studies and real-life scenarios, AIHA’s Train-the-Trainer 4-Gas Monitor/PID Field Use course enables first responders, fire fighters, environmental field technicians and persons doing confined space entries to improve their interpretation of direct-reading instrument output — giving them the knowledge and skills needed to keep you and your coworkers out of harm’s way.
Train-the-Trainer 4-Gas Monitor/PID Field Use is being held on Saturday AND Sunday at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Craig Sorrell
Coordinator Collaborative Projects, STI
Protecting Worker Health(R)

PDC 010Train-the-Trainer: 4-Gas Monitor/PID Field Use

Intermediate | 2.67 CM Points/16 Contact Hours/2.0 CEU/COC Points | Saturday and Sunday | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Limit: 45Online CommunityNew
Real-Time Detection Systems
Two Day Course
Cost $750.00

This PDC provides the knowledge and helps develop the skills needed to train field persons in the operation of Portable Gas Detection Instrumentation, focusing on delivering training to meet the body of knowledge requirements of the AIHA Registered Operator credential. At the end of this PDC, participants will be prepared to train users of the portable 4-Gas Meter and/or the combo 4-Gas Meter/Photoionization Detector (PID).
By your participation in this PDC, you will have completed the first stage towards becoming authorized trainers for the 4-Gas Detection Registry Preparation course.
Participants must bring 4-Gas or 4-Gas/PID detection equipment.
Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the difference between calibrating to methane vs. pentane
  • Identify sensor poisons
  • Recognize cross sensitivities to sensors
  • Demonstrate the application of this instrument in measuring toxic contaminants
  • List instrument limitations
  • Cite basic sensor theory and how they work
  • Lead discussions in this area with field personnel
  • Demonstrate proper calibration and use of a variety of portable gas detection equipment
  • Module 1 – Instrument overview
  • Module 2 – Review of basic chemical principles
  • Module 3 – Common terminology
  • Module 4 – Oxygen sensor technology
  • Module 5 – Combustible gas sensors
  • Module 6 – Electrochemical sensors
  • Module 7 – Photoionization detector
  • Module 8 – Calibration of the instrumentation
  • Module 9 – Datalogging
  • Module 10 – Guidelines for selection
Instructors will evaluate participants understanding of the materials presented based on:
  • Post course test
  • Hands-on demonstrations and practicum
  • Practice exercises
  • Workshops
  • Group activities
  • Interactive games
Real-Time Detection Systems
  • May 18
  •  — E-handout download instructions are e-mailed.
  • June 1 
  •  — Contact the AIHA if you have not received your e-handout e-mail.
  • June 1 
  •  — AIHce 2012 online communities for collaborative learning open.
  • June 15-17
  •  — AIHce 2012 PDCs are presented. Participants must bring a printed or electronic copy of their PDC handout.
  • August 31
  •  — AIHce 2012 online communities for collaborative learning close.


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