The chemical industry has seen four major chemical incidents take place over recent times. On March 17th 2019 two ITC tanks caught fire in Deer Park, Texas, with five more catching fire just 12 hours later. A few days later, an explosion at the Xiangshui chemical plant resulted in the death of 78 people while severely injuring 94. On April 2, a leak caused a fire at the KMCO plant in Crosby, Texas, severely injuring two and killing one. In addition, a waste materials plant caught fire in Campbellfield, a suburb of Melbourne.
As a result of the explosion at the ITC tank farm, an Ion Science (www.ionscience.com) Tiger Select hand held gas detector is currently being used in Deer Park to assist with the clean-up process. The instruments are specifically seeking traces of benzene, which is highly toxic. An Ion Science Tiger has also been purchased by members of the local community who are concerned with their own health, and allowing them to monitor the air quality.
These recent incidents have seen the intervention of local government agencies and compliance with environmental and health and safety legislation, resulting in a series of violations for clean air, clean water, and environmental quality that include failure to comply with emissions rate standards, conduct stack tests, and the discharge of hazardous waste.
Although it is not yet confirmed what has caused these incidents to occur, it is speculated to have been caused by leaking materials.
In these circumstances a fixed monitoring device, such as the Titan fixed benzene specific detector or Falco fixed volatile organic compound (VOC) detector from Ion Science, is capable of continuously detecting (VOCs), including benzene, ultimately preventing such catastrophic events.
The Tiger Select is a revolutionary hand held gas detector with two mode operation for the rapid and accurate detection of benzene and TACs. Utilising the high output Ion Science 10.0eV monitoring system, a reading for TACs is seen immediately on start-up. Should TACs be detected, a benzene pre-filter tube can be easily attached to ensure rapid detection and selective measurement of benzene.
Ion Science offers an array of advanced instruments that will detect and monitor a range of VOCs, including the handheld Tiger series, the Cub personal VOC detector and the Falco fixed PID detector which utilises typhoon technology, allowing effective operation within humid and harsh environments.
For product information please contact: Emily Lane, Ion Science, The Hive, Butts Lane Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire SG8 7SL tel: + 44 (0) 1763 208503 email: [email protected]