Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Calling all techie trekkies of the IH variety...

  • SS 001 - Closer to Spock’s Tricorder — The Latest in Real-Time Detection Monday, 2:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. 

    Monday | 2:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. |

    Real-Time Detection Systems, Safety, Symposia
    Arranger: P. Smith, OSHA, Sandy, UT. Moderator: E. Bishop, Parsons, Council Bluffs, CA. Monitors: J. Golden, 3M Company, Cottage Grove, MN; D. Bolstad-Johnson, Phoenix Fire Department, Phoenix, AZ.
    Advances in real-time detection systems and informatics now allow for high reliability data that are immediately available to decision makers. This roundtable will bring together a panel of experts who as individuals are involved in designing, testing, or using the latest innovations in real-time chemical detection and identification tools and informatics platforms to get the resulting data to those who need it as quickly as possible. Assembled experts will discuss microfabricated sensor arrays, miniature mass spectrometers, traditional and atmospheric pressure ionization for mass spectrometric detection in the field, and pulling it all together with wireless transmission of data and positioning to present 3-D models of the results.
    • Smaller, Faster, Better: Mass Spectrometers Designed for High Performance in the Field.  P. Smith, OSHA, Sandy, UT.
    • Field Portable GC-MS and Enabling Sampling Technologies for Collection of Analytes from Air, Water, Particulates  and Surfaces.  N. Porter, Torion Technologies, American Fork, UT.
    • Development of Mobile Ambient Ionization MS for Homeland Security and Defense.  M. Wells, Griffin Analytical, FLIR, West Lafayette, IN.
    • Prototype Micro-Gas Chromatograph for Rapid Determination of Explosive Marker Compounds. G. Serrano, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
    • Field Testing of a Micro-Gas Chromatograph Prototype: Near Real Time Analysis of TCE Vapors in Indoor Air in Contaminated Homes. J. Bryant, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
    • The Chemical Exposure Monitor with Indoor Positioning (CEMWIP) Project. K. Brown, NIOSH, Cincinnati, OH.
    • Immediate, Wireless, Synchronized, Visual, Affordable and Elegant — Using Integrated, Real-Time Exposure Assessment Data to Make Better Decisions. B. Groves, Emilcott Associates, Inc., Morristown, NJ.

Hazardous chemicals and real-time detection systems

PDC 411 

Methods and Applications for Exposure Assessment Chemical Detection in Real Time 

Advanced | 1.34 CM Points/ 8 Contact Hours/ 1.0 CEU/COC Point | Sunday | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Limit: 60

Hazardous Chemicals, Real-Time Detection Systems
Description: The PDC is targeted towards industrial hygiene, safety, and emergency response personnel who use or may be called on to use field-portable detection and identification tools, or professionals who may need to understand data produced by such tools. Participants should have some knowledge of the general capabilities and limitations of detection and identification tools. The expert case studies presented will demonstrate how each type of tool has been effectively used to answer important human exposures questions while the hands-on part of the PDC will give participants greater depth of experience beyond typical classroom delivery of information. The didactic training portion will include slides showing instrumentation in field settings and resulting data; additionally the hands-on portion of the PDC will include instruments and associated data processing hardware/software.
Value Added: Case studies, flow charts and other tools to illustrate and formalize the selection process will be provided.
Prerequisites: IH level knowledge of chemistry, interest in field-portable detection tools and the exposure assessment process 
Outcomes: Upon completion, the participant will be able to:
  • Develop a field detection plan of hazards based on costs, availability, and operating principles of important field detection and identification technologies.
  • Select the best field detection and identification tool based on capabilities and limitations.
  • Describe important human exposure problems.
  • Discuss technologies used in implementing critical decisions based on field analyses.
  • Introduction
  • Discuss the ways that real time detection instrumentation supports and improves the exposure assessment process
  • Discuss the range of detection and identification tools, capabilities/limitations, costs, and training needs for each
  • Presentation of a case study for representative detection/identification tool discussed where important human exposure questions were answered in field settings including: 
    • Photoionization detectors
    • Portable infrared spectrometry
    • Portable gas chromatography/mass spectrometry 
    • Personal detectors
  • Hands-on detection system demonstrations (students rotate through three separate stations in small groups)
  • Conclusion
Transfer of Knowledge: Instructors will evaluate participants understanding of the materials presented based on:
  • Hands-on demonstrations and practicum
  • Group activities
Sponsoring Committee:
Real-Time Detection Systems
Important PDC dates:
  • 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.
  • August 27 – Educational transcripts updated and available for download
Dr. Jack Driscoll, PID Analyzers, LLC

Friday, May 25, 2012

@pidgirl's May 2012 E-Newsletter

From PID's to portable GC's and Beyond
                                                  May 2012

I had the honor of presenting the annual Frederick F. Spaziani scholarship award on April 26, 2012 alongside Dr. Walter Johnson at Suffolk University to two very talented young women on theastrophysics track: Elizabeth Rodriguez and Amanda Lewis (L to R above).  Fred Spaziani co-founded  HNU Systems, Inc. with Jack Driscoll in 1973. Together they developed the first commercialphotoionization detector that is now the most important method for measuring volatile organic compounds. Fred left us at too early an age and the award is to help students in science and/or engineering reach their full potential.

High performance real-time detection system
 Model 312

The HNU Model 312 portable Gas Chromatograph (GC) is designed for chromatographic separation, identification, and quantification of chemical components in gas or liquid samples. This is one of our featured fast GC's which utilize the VICI Valco Inc. resistively heated columns which is the subject of an upcoming presentation in the American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition Real-Time Detection Systems Podium Session.

Presentation date/time: Tuesday June 19, 2012 10:50am-11:10am Fast GC-PID/FID Analyses Using Resistively Heated Columns for Rapid Analyses in the Field 
Read and/or download the brochure here. 

Portable  FID

Model 115
Non-specific- 115- Responds to all VOC's including methane
Headspace- VOCs in soil or water
Quality control- residual monomer in resins, residual solvents in paper or food, testing gas masks
EPA Method 21- to 30,000 ppm
Emergency response- spills from trucks & trains
Fugitive emissions- leak detection
Arson investigations- find trace accelerants
Confined space entry- health & safety
Read and/or download the brochure here.
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Jennifer L. Maclachlan, Managing Director

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Scenario 3: Remediation at an *old* refinery

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 3 
It is remediation work at an old refinery. The PID data log shows constant readings at 199 ppm, for the last hour. Your combustible gas meter shows 0% LEL. 

Which direct-reading instrument would you have the workers use in order to have them safely investigate the situation? 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.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Cape Cod Science Cafe Fall Series 2012



November 2, 2012:
The Chemistry of Wine
October 26, 2012 Issue of The Barnstable Patriot
A Cape Cod Science Cafe

October 26, 2012 Issue of The Barnstable Enterprise

Stay tuned...plans are underway...for the 2013 summer cafe series

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