Chemicals - Incident Response
From Incident Response
DirectCIH performs data gathering, analysis, and control determinations on-site for situations where rapid information is needed. We use state-of-the-art, real time, on-site sampling and analytical technologies. Very low levels of multiple chemical compounds, both organic and inorganic, can be identified by field IR and GC-MS analyses.
When a spill or accident occurs, DirectCIH is prepared to give immediate direction.Our experienced Certified Industrial Hygienists strategically and tactically manage planning and response to minimize economic impacts and hazards to people and the environment.
A rapid understanding of what, where, and how much chemical contamination exists at an incident can be determined. After initial identification periodic monitoring and, where needed, long-term monitoring programs can be conducted using portable and laboratory methods.
Organic chemicals that can be monitored in the field include
- Gasoline, hexane
- Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX)
- Ketones, formaldehyde
- Fluranes (anesthetics), glymes (glycol ethers), and alcohols
Inorganic gases can also be monitored in the field, including:
- NOx, SOx
Any chemical waste release requires rapid response using knowledge of complex mixtures and how they might behave in an open environment. Quick determination works best using:
- Real time sampling and analysis, combined with
- Understanding of the principles of chemical behavior, and
- Knowledge of the surroundings and conditions.