Monitoring Occupational Exposure to Toxic Chemical Compounds

One worker dies every thirty seconds because of exposure of toxic gases in the workplace. Each worker is assigned a personal unit. The continuous monitoring of the worker’s breathing zone will alert the wearer if and when the environment is unsafe.

The ION Science Cub personal Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) gas detector is worn in the breathing zone to detect exposure to toxic gases. This helps keep workers safe in their working environment.

Monitoring Employee Exposure to Toxic Gases

Occupational Hygienists conduct surveys and carry out risk assessments concerning health in the workplace by accurately measuring levels of exposure. These are often measured through specialist precision equipment that records data, for example, the ION Science Cub.

Occupational Hygienists will be focused on managing health risks in practical and economical ways by evaluating and resolving practical problems.

This necessitates the investigation of short- and long-term health effects resulting from acute and chronic exposure to hazards and toxic gases. This allows an organization to respond appropriately to legislative requirements. 

Monitoring Occupational Exposure to Toxic Chemical Compounds

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As with all PID detectors, a key challenge is over/under reading in the presence of humidity. The ION Science MiniPID practically eliminates the effects of humidity by employing the Patented Fence Electrode Technology and Anti Contamination Technology.

Gary Smith, Business Unit Manager (Portables)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Removing risk entirely is the preferred method, but if this is not achievable, adjustments to ways of working through modifying personal protective equipment is often used as part of control measures. This also requires checks and maintenance because, if PPE fails, it no longer offers adequate protection, thereby exposing the wearer to danger.

Portable gas detectors are categorized as a type of personal protective equipment developed with user safety in mind, specifically protecting them from gas hazards by enabling mobile testing of locations before they are entered.

These small devices are critical in many areas where gas hazards may potentially occur. They are also the only means of continuously monitoring an operator’s breathing zone when both stationary and moving.

Monitoring Personal Exposure

Monitoring generally means ‘air sampling’ , but it may also necessitate taking biological samples, e.g., breath or urine. Monitoring typically refers to ‘Workplace Exposure Limits’ (WELs), and these limits should be maintained.

Efficient monitoring of VOCs can be accomplished by pairing an accurate discrete detector, like the ION Cubs, with a data logger. The data logging capability constantly measures a worker’s exposure to toxic gases. This can then be reviewed, understood and reported.

Personal Gas Detection Equipment for Worker Safety 

Cub 10.6 eV Personal VOC Gas Detector

Cub 10.6 eV personal VOC gas detector is worn within the breathing zone to detect volatile organic compounds, keeping workers safe within a working environment.

Monitoring Occupational Exposure to Toxic Chemical Compounds

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Cub TAC 10.0 eV Personal Benzene Gas Monitor

Cub TAC 10.0 eV is a personal benzene gas monitor for rapid, accurate detection of total aromatic compounds (TACs), keeping workers safe within a working environment.

Monitoring Occupational Exposure to Toxic Chemical Compounds

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This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Ion Science.

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