Occupational health specialists in the US are using a device which detects gas species and hazardous materials in work environments.

The device has been developed by Gasmet Technologies, a manufacturer of gas monitoring instruments and systems for industrial and environmental applications based in Finland.

Using Fourier Transfer Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) gas analysis technology to identify and quantify both known and unknown gas species, the Gasmet DX4040 is used in applications where workers could potentially be at risk.

The Gasmet DX4040 is a portable FTIR gas analyser, enabling laboratory grade analysis onsite, which allows contamination to be assessed instantly, and avoids extra costs and delays associated with transporting samples.

“Portable FTIR, in the right hands, is a very powerful tool, helping to define the composition of the gaseous contamination, which reduces risk and builds assurance in remediation activities.”

The device is able to measure up to 25 individual compounds simultaneously by producing a spectrum for the measured compounds, and operators are able to set the instrument to display real-time, live readings for compounds of potential interest.

It can also identify unknown compounds as its Calcmet software facilitates the identification of unknown peaks in a spectrum, by comparison with Gasmet’s vast library of stored spectra.

Michael McCoy, a Medical Technologist from GZA GeoEnvironmental, regularly uses the utensil for work and highlighted, “In addition to the practical advantages of FTIR analysis, a major benefit for us is the competitive advantage that this technology delivers; clients are really impressed with the quality and speed of the data, which provides reassurance that risks are being effectively managed.”

“Portable FTIR, in the right hands, is a very powerful tool, helping to define the composition of the gaseous contamination, which reduces risk and builds assurance in remediation activities.”

The DX40400 can be used in a wide variety of applications, for example in measuring fumes and breakdown products following a nitric acid leak, and characterising the emissions profile of processes within a paint factory. 

The FTIR instrument is owned by North Shore Environmental Construction (NSEC), a specialist in the management of hazardous materials response and environmental challenges.