A FEASIBILITY STUDY OF THE STATE-OF-THE-ART OF PERSONNEL MONITORS

This report presents the findings of a study of the state of the art of personal hazard monitoring for acute chemical hazards. The ultimate objective of the study was to provide basic information to guide the Coast Guard in its efforts to develop a system of monitoring devices to protect the health and safety of emergency response personnel. Hazards for which monitoring devices are needed include: (1) oxygen insufficiency, (2) flammable vapor concentrations, (3) toxic vapors and gases, and (4) damage to protective clothing and equipment. Possibilities for combination of various monitors into a single comprehensive warning system were investigated. The Coast Guard's requirements for personal hazard monitoring were investigated and defined. An important finding of this subtask was that the requirements for a toxic vapors monitor ought to be defined on the basis of infrequent and short-term exposure, a condition for which there are as yet few generally accepted standards. Availability of practical monitoring devices and/or technologies was established for each of those chemicals in the U.S.C.G. 'Chris Phase I' list whose vapor concentrations in air at 40 C was found to exceed a short-term exposure standard. Recommendations for further research and development were presented. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Little (Arthur D), Incorporated

    Acorn Park
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02140

    United States Coast Guard

    2100 Second Street, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20593
  • Authors:
    • Lindsay, D B
    • Stricoff, R S
  • Publication Date: 1978-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: 142 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00199079
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: USCG-D-30-79 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-CG-73211-A
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 19 1980 12:00AM