In a 2018 report from the UN, it was revealed that a worker dies every 30 seconds due to exposure to toxic gases in the workplace. That such statistics still exist today is one of the reasons ION Science is working hard to create protective technologies for workers against VOC exposure. The new 11.7 eV Cub personal solution is the first of its kind and promises to be a game-changer for protection against exposure.

The Cub 11.7 eV personal device is the latest addition to ION Science’s world-leading range of gas and leak detection products. Using their 30 years of industry experience and their extensive knowledge of both volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and photoionisation detection (PID), ION Science continue to deliver excellence in protection for workers.

The 11.7 eV sensor lamp is a notoriously difficult lamp to manufacture. Due to its highly sensitive nature, 11.7 eV devices in the past have been temperamental, require frequent lamp changes and ultimately end up with increased environmental exposure, affecting performance of the device. ION Science has tackled this issue and developed a refined manufacturing method that eliminates some of the sensitivities and issues previously associated with 11.7 eV detection.

As the first 11.7 personal detection solution from ION Science, the Cub 11.7 offers all the features a customer would expect from the market leader. This includes resistance to humidity and moisture, operational in temperatures from 0-55 degrees, and intrinsically safe even in explosive environments. Its lightweight design at only 111g makes it comfortable for wearers and the small size doesn’t impede movement or work.

It is possible to now detect more gases than previously monitored in personal equipment, going beyond the preceding 10.6 model in protecting worker health, including Methylene Chloride, Formaldehyde, Acrylonitrile, Chloroform, Tetrachloroethane, 1, 1, 1, 2- and Trichloroethane, 1, 1, 2- to name a few additional gases.

What makes the Cub range of personal detectors unique is the ability to be locked as a device and the extensive data logging capabilities. For workers who may be moving between areas or facilities regularly, locking the device means it is possible to only record exposure in specific areas. This keeps data clean and uninterrupted so that a true picture can be understood before corrective action is taken.

Data logging is invaluable for monitoring exposure to VOCs and for use in audits by Health and Safety Executives or Occupational Hygienists. The Cub 11.7 continuously logs data in real-time to get a clear view of how much exposure a worker is subject to. This kind of data recording provides beneficial insight to help address issues with processes and reducing the risk of exposure. Data is downloaded via a USB docking station and uploaded using a piece of bespoke PC software, which creates clear visuals like graphs for measuring VOC exposure.

Gary Smith, Business Unit Manager for Portables said of the new device launch:

“We are delighted to offer our first 11.7 personal device within the Cub range. ION Science has spent many years refining the manufacturing process for 11.7 detectors and now we are able to apply this to personal devices that offer wearer protection against exposure. Customers can put their faith in the Cub 11.7 for reliability and accurate VOC detection in all environments.”

The 11.7 Cub signals a new focus on worker protection against VOCs. By creating a device that not only offers personal protection against exposure, but is also more reliable and robust in terms of technology, ION Science continues to demonstrate their leading status in gas and leak detection.