Rule of Thumb for Chemical Detection
The webinar ChemProX, With a Great Device Comes Great Detection – Rule of Thumb for Chemical Detection was first broadcasted on February 22nd 2020 and takes about 20 minutes. The host is Mika Saarinen, Product Manager of Handheld Chemical Detectors. This webinar is part of a series of three sessions that aimed to deepen the understanding of different aspects of handheld chemical detection.
The other webinars included in this series concentrate on the practical experience of ChemProX trainings and the usage of additional information and databases in field chemical detection.
ChemProX Detection Modes
Learn on how important it is to choose the appropriate detection mode, depending on the nature of the mission and the suspected threat. ChemProX features two detection modes:
- CWA detection mode for Chemical Warfare Agents
- TIC detection mode for Toxic Industrial Chemicals
In particular note that ChemProX enables the switching of detection modes and sensitivity levels even in the middle of the hot zone. The detector no longer needs to stabilize before changing detection modes.
How to Use ChemProX for Field Chemical Detection
Before entering an hotzone, it is utterly important for first responders to follow a few basic principles, for example:
- Wear basic protective gear.
- Select the trend display in ChemProX user interface.
- Collect backgroung information.
Step 1 – Collecting information. It is especially important to define the big picture on the incident.
Step 2 – Locating the source of the chemical threat, using trend and map displays.
Step 3 – Detect and classify because if the detector indicates a toxic alarm, is that enough information? Lear how to use the detector’s in-built databases.
And finally, save lives by evacuating hazardous areas and neutralize the threat. After the operation is concluded, don’t forget the importance of leaving the unit ready for the next mission.