How Can PID Instruments Assist First Responders in a HAZMAT Emergency Incident?

The almost instantaneous response of a PID instrument ensures that if conditions change with regard to disbursement of toxic gas or vapor, the perimeter can be adjusted accordingly.

The versatile nature of a PID instrument makes it an indispensable device for emergency services in response to a HAZMAT incident.

  • Preliminary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Assessment– Use of a PID instrument can assist and speed up the decision process in determining the presence of toxic gas or vapors.
  • Leak Detection– When a gas or vapor escapes, it disperses and becomes diluted by the air around it, making it difficult to detect. This is where the PID instrument excels.
  • Perimeter Establishment and Monitoring– The almost instantaneous response of a PID instrument ensures that if conditions change with regard to disbursement of toxic gas or vapor, the perimeter can be adjusted accordingly.
  • Data logging– A PID instrument can record information with either positive or negative results at set intervals or continuously.
  • Contamination of Spill– PID instruments also ensure First Responders can identify and, importantly, eliminate any liquids present.
  • Clean-up and Decontamination– After the initial use to contain the spill, a PID device can then be used to establish the level of contamination to a First Responder.
  • Remediation– Concentration levels for remedial action are set by countries individually. PID instruments offer a quick and effective way of determining whether an area is free from contamination or requires further attention.

Find out more information on how PID instruments assist First Responders in a HAZMAT environment, including: Suitability of PIDs, PID Theory of Operation and Use of PIDs specific to HAZMAT.

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