Hazardous Materials Transportation

Chemicals can be transported in many different ways over very long and equally short distances. It is usual to think of the endless stream of lorries and heavy goods vehicles we see on the motorways and road networks, however, one of the most common forms of chemical movement occurs when transferring chemicals from room to room or between buildings on the same site, such as a factory or an academic institution where accidental spillage can occur.

HAZMAT spill response

Many Hazardous Materials incidents involve volatile organic compounds (VOCs), a vast chemical family that is primarily made up of hydrocarbons such as gasoline, alcohols, methane, acetone as well as the BTEX family which include benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene. Typically, VOCs have a high vapour pressure at ambient temperatures, meaning the liquid gives off vapour that can be readily detected.

PID instrument for HAZMAT response

The ability of a photoionisation detector (PID) to measure low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) makes them a vital tool in the decision making process following a hazardous materials (HAZMAT) incident.