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PEAC-WMD Software for HAZMAT and CBRNE Professionals

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PEAC-WMD Software provides vital Hazmat and CBRNE information, enabling Hazmat Responders to make informed decisions at the incident. The PEAC Software includes integrated mapping, GPS connectivity, over 100,000 chemical names, synonyms & trade names, multiple modeling tools, and much more! The PEAC Software has been designed as the complete decision support solution for Hazmat Professionals, for use at the scene, when seconds and lives count.

The patented PEAC Software is the only application that includes an easy to use toxic or flammable vapor cloud dispersion model integrated with a broad and comprehensive database of toxic industrial chemicals, chemical warfare & biological agents, explosives, and radioactive isotopes. Utilizing the many modeling tools provided, the PEAC System quickly calculates standoff distances and exclusion zones, at the incident and using the actual weather and topography conditions present. All modeling tools allow the Hazmat Responder to deal with the actual Hazmat substances, present container configurations, and the nature of the actual leak or release present.

A wide array of other decisions support tools provide immediate guidance with respect to required protective clothing, respirators, and other equipment available on your vehicle, specific to the particular incident and Hazmat substance present. Also, information is provided immediately in those instances in which multiple chemicals and substances are present. Utilizing the NBC Indicator Matrix provided, symptoms exhibited by mass casualties are used to help identify an unknown substance. The PEAC Software then identifies a most and next most likely agent type. In all cases, immediate information is provided to help you take immediate action.

Of course, PEAC also provides instant access to all standard manuals and guides, with no more thumbing through endless pages. Guidance is provided with a click of the mouse, right to the page needed.

AristaTek is proud to announce the availability of its latest version (6.0) of PEAC-WMD. The PEAC Software now includes:

ALS/BLS Protocols

Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support Protocols – “ALS/BLS”

The PEAC Software now provides a database of more than 100 different protocols. These protocols are designed to handle different classes of chemicals and substances, i.e., a single protocol may be suitable for multiple substances. Protocols provide:

  • General description of the substances
  • Health hazard
  • Protection levels
  • Symptoms of exposure
  • Specific BLS procedures
  • Specific ALS procedures
  • Decon procedures
  • General precautions

Pool Fire Calculator
A Pool fire is any combustible or flammable substance that can create a liquid pool that has been or could be ignited when an ignition source is present. Pool fires generate radiant heat that can cause heat injuries to exposed or unprotected skin. For large pool fires that can generate a substantial amount of heat and cause severe injuries the problem is how to estimate a safe standoff distance to prevent these injuries. The solution is the PEAC Pool Fire Calculator which allows the determination of safe standoff distances based on the substance is burning, the size of pool, and the type of heat-injury possible. The estimated duration of the pool fire is also provided.

Integrated Mapping Tools
The PEAC Software provides an integrated mapping application called PEAC Map for all locations within the United States.

The PEAC version 6.0 now also integrates with Google Earth™, a mapping application using satellite maps containing layers that can be displayed which is provided via Google as a free web based application, i.e., the PEAC tool requires Internet connectivity to access Google Earth. The PEAC Software now provides a Google Earth icon that will initiate a Google Earth session and display the modified shapefile on that Google Earth session. Google Earth it will work anyplace on Earth.

ESRI shapefiles (polygons) are generated by all of the PEAC computational tools to represent exclusion zones or safe standoff distances or areas where the PEAC calculator has predicted a hazard, i.e., radiation from a radioactive isotope, dangerous toxic vapor concentration, dangerous radiant heat level, blast overpressure level, fragmentation, etc. This will allow the utilization of other mapping platforms. The PocketPC version doesn't currently display mapping.

E-mail
During an incident a user may need to share information with others not physically on site. Sharing information digitally, particularly if the information is substantial in quantity and/or graphical in nature, e.g., maps of hazard zones, is easily facilitated with the PEAC tool’s e-mail function.

When the user initiates the e-mail function, a window appears to provide a list of all topics and documents which may be transmitted related to the specific substance(s) encountered at the incident. The user then selects the appropriate documents and information to be sent as a PDF attachment to the e-mail. Email capability requires a local email application and Internet connectivity.

Common Alerting Protocol (CAP)
The PEAC software now utilizes the CAP (Common Altering Protocol), a Department of Homeland Security protocol for exchanging information about all hazardous events. The CAP encapsulates specific information into defined XML fields that can be read by applications that conform to this widely accepted protocol and helps to share information and achieve interoperability with other agencies or higher levels of command.

Your Incident Manager
The PEAC application now provides a new after-action-review and reporting tool, the PEAC Incident Manager. The Incident Manager will capture all the information accessed or generated by the PEAC application during an incident into a single folder or package.

Responders may now generate reports for every incident and response they are involved with. Post-incident reports can be easily generated.

The PEAC Incident Manager allows the user to create a new incident by providing an incident name and some basic information. “ALL” activities executed in the PEAC application are recorded until the user decides to close or terminate the incident. This provides a simple and organized collection of all activities that are time stamped and saved into a specific folder that can be recalled later for the preparation of reports or post-incident review.

Your Forms Manager
Version 6.0 of the PEAC software now provides access to commonly used National Incident Management System (“NIMS”) forms and the CHEMTREK Hazmat Exercise Request forms. These forms can be easily displayed, completed, saved, modified, and printed as necessary. As information is entered, saved, and later modified, the individual revisions to the form are retained as part of the documentation trail.

These forms are presented in PDF format and can easily be e-mailed utilizing the PEAC software e-mail function.

Chemical Toxicity and Properties

To find a hazardous material entry in the database, simply key in the name, UN# or CAS#. Basic information is displayed for the hazardous material - CAS#, UN#, ERG Guide #, NFPA 704 Hazard Classification rating. Additional fundamental information required to understand how the material will behave is presented, i.e., boiling and melting point, LEL, UEL, flash point, auto ignition temperature, vapor pressure, vapor density, ionization energy, molecular weight, formula, liquid specific gravity, and published toxicity values (IDLH; ERPG-1,2,3; TEEL-1,2,3; STEL, TWA).

Respirators Recommendations
To protect the response personnel from inhalation of toxic vapors, the respirator recommendations from the NIOSH Pocket Guide are provided.The user can immediately, based on the measured concentration of the vapor, decide what type of air-purifying respirator or supplied air respirator will provide the appropriate protection for personnel.

Chemical Protective Clothing
CPC for a selected hazardous material is instantly displayed and grouped by type of garment (boots, coveralls, gloves, suits) with an entry for each manufacturer’s product sorted by the ASTM F-739 reported breakthrough times. Each entry provides the product manufacturer, product name or model, generic material and the reported breakthrough time.

  • Toxic Industrial Chemicals/Materials
    The PEAC technology was the first COTS application that provided a concise presentation of the critical properties of a hazardous material so the First Responder can assess the specific hazards and behavior of a released material. The database provides additional information to assist in resolving identification by listing synonyms and brand names the material may also be indexed by in other reference sources.
  • Chemical Warfare Agents
    The PEAC technology was the first COTS application to provide a comprehensive database of chemical warfare agents and their precursors. This resource and the integrated dispersion modeling was implemented under a contract funded by TSWG and supported by SBCCOM’s ECBC in 1999-2000. The final product was evaluated by ECBC and approved by TSWG for release in 2001 at the conclusion of the contract. This resource is now available to users of the PEAC technology.
  • Biological Agents
    The PEAC-WMD application provides access to a database of bio-agents including both diseases and natural toxins that might be used as WMD agents. For diseases the database provides subtopics such as physical form, type of organism, natural hosts, incubation period, symptoms exhibited, treatment and fatality rate if not treated. For toxins the database provides CAS#, physical form, most likely form when weaponized, lethal dose, and routes of exposure.
  • Radioactive Isoptopes
    The PEAC-WMD system provides a database of radioactive isotopes beyond the typical hand full considered viable for RDDs. The information includes a brief description of where the isotope is produced and used, its half-life, atomic weight, atomic number, alpha, beta, and gamma radiation, penetration of beta particles in different mediums, major daughter isotopes, inhalation and ingestion exposure limits, plus symptoms of exposure at different dosages.
  • Explosives
    The PEAC-WMD application provides a short list and a long list of explosives that may be found in IEDs. The individual explosive materials are typically displayed as proper chemical name, CAS#, UN#, appearance, possible precursors, formula, molecular weight and TNT equivalency. Additional information with respect to synonyms and chemical reactivity may also be displayed.
  • Pesticides
    The PEAC-WMD database provides a listing of the most dangerous chemicals used in commercial pesticide products. The database displays CAS#, UN#, ERG Guide # and general information on the pesticide’s typical physical appearance or form. Chemical and physical properties are provided as with most TICs and toxicities as published by NIOSH or other agencies are displayed. Reference to respirators, CPC, symptoms of exposure, synonyms and brand names that use the pesticide are provided.
  • CHRIS Manual
    The PEAC-WMD application provides the First Responder with direct access to the complete USCG CHRIS Manual as a stand-alone reference document that can be search by hazardous material name or the CHRIS 3-letter code. As with all other data display fields, the CHRIS Manual information can be printed to the user specified printer or emailed for dissemination to incident command and responder personnel.
  • NIOSH Pocket Guide
    The PEAC-WMD application provides the First Responder with direct access to the complete NIOSH Pocket Guide as a stand-alone reference document that can be searched by hazardous material name. As with all other data display fields, the NIOSH Pocket Guide information can be printed to the user specified printer or emailed for dissemination to incident command and responder personnel.
  • CDC Medical Management Guidelines
    The PEAC-WMD application provides the First Responder with direct access to the CDC ATSDR Medical Management Guidelines for a number of common hazardous materials. The guidelines provide comprehensive information on the hazardous material, its acute and chronic exposure symptoms, routes of exposure, treatment, chemical properties, toxicity guidelines, incompatible materials and pre-hospital management of victims of exposure.
  • Military Chemical Exposure Guidelines
    The PEAC-WMD tool provides the First Responder with direct access to the DOD‘s Military Chemical Exposure Guidelines for TICs and CWAs with symptoms and target organs.
  • EPA Acute Exposure Guideline Levels
    The PEAC-WMD tool provides the First Responder with direct access to the EPA's Acute Exposure Guideline Levels (AEGLs) for TICs and CWAs.
  • ATF Vehicle Bomb Tables
    The PEAC-WMD application also includes the ATF Vehicle Bomb Tables. The ATF Vehicle Bombs information has information categories that provide standoff distances based on the following criteria: (1) Maximum Explosives Capacity, (2) Lethal Air Blast Range, (3) Minimum Evacuation Distance, and (4) Falling Glass Hazard. The ATF Bomb Tables provide recommended standoff or evacuation distances for 6 different sized vehicles: Box van, Compact sedan, Full sized sedan, Passenger van, Semi-trailer and Small box van.
  • IED Guide
    A handy reference guide for different types of IED (improvised explosive devices) is available by clicking on the IED icon always displayed at the top of the main screen.The guide provides sample images of different sized devices, the estimated mass of explosive they could contain, the safe standoff distance for outside or if inside a building if the device is detonated.
  • NFPA Hazard Classification System
    The NFPA 704 Hazmat Diamond is a commonly used labeling system in most fixed facilities that store or use hazardous chemicals, but some responders may not be familiar with all the symbols used on the hazmat diamond and the definitions for all the levels in each quadrant. The NFPA 704 Hazmat Diamond reference guide is provided for instant access to review the meaning of the NFPA 704, Standard System for the Identification of the Fire Hazards of Materials. The information can be viewed at full screen to provide the viewer with explanations for each category.
  • Methamphetamine Chemicals
    The PEAC-WMD application allows the user to Lookup chemicals from a number of different filters. One of those filters is for Methamphetamine Chemicals. Although the chemicals found in this filter may have a number of alternate commercial uses, they are placed in the Methamphetamine Chemicals category because they can all be used in the synthesis of Methamphetamine.
  • Symptoms of Exposure
    Within the PEAC-WMD application, Symptoms of Exposure is another type of information available. These symptoms are typically described using technical medical terminology with layman descriptions provided where necessary.
  • ALS/BLS Protocols
    Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support Protocols – “ALS/BLS”. The PEAC Software now provides a database of more than 100 different protocols. These protocols are designed to handle different classes of chemicals and substances, i.e., a single protocol may be suitable for multiple substances. Protocols provide:
    • General description of the substances
    • Health hazard
    • Protection levels
    • Symptoms of exposure
    • Specific BLS procedures
    • Specific ALS procedures
    • Decon procedures
    • General precautions
  • Synonyms
    The PEAC-WMD application may not be the only reference source used during an incident. Since most hazardous substances can be listed under multiple trade names or synonyms, the application provides a list of other names the substance may be referenced in these other reference sources.

  • Integrated Mapping Tools
    The PEAC Software provides an integrated mapping application called PEAC Map for all locations within the United States. The PEAC version 6.0 now also integrates with Google Earth™, a mapping application using satellite maps containing layers that can be displayed which is provided via Google as a free web based application, i.e., the PEAC tool requires Internet connectivity to access Google Earth. The PEAC Software now provides a Google Earth icon that will initiate a Google Earth session and display the modified shapefile on that Google Earth session. Google Earth it will work anyplace on Earth. ESRI shapefiles (polygons) are generated by all of the PEAC computational tools to represent exclusion zones or safe standoff distances or areas where the PEAC calculator has predicted a hazard, i.e., radiation from a radioactive isotope, dangerous toxic vapor concentration, dangerous radiant heat level, blast overpressure level, fragmentation, etc. This will allow the utilization of other mapping platforms.
  • Plume Modeling Calculator
    If the selected material produces a vapor cloud that is toxic by inhalation and the PEAC system has sufficient information in its database, it can calculate a Protective Action Distance (PAD). This can be accomplished in one of two ways. The first method allows the description of the incident by inputting information on Meteorology, Container size and Source. The results are shown on a graphic similar to that provided in the DOT Emergency Response Guidebook. The second method allows the user to specify the Meteorology and then specify either an instantaneous mass release or continuous release rate. Depending on the specific incident, there are internal modules available to assess the different aspects of the problem, e.g., atmospheric stability, the flow through orifices, evaporation rates, dense-gas vs. passive dispersion. The appropriate exclusion or Protective Action Distance is computed instantaneously using the internal patented dispersion algorithms.
  • Explosion Standoff Calculator
    Another feature of the PEAC-WMD tool is the Explosion Standoff Calculator. If the selected chemical is classified as an explosive material and PEAC has sufficient information in its database to calculate an evacuation distance based on a user specified over-pressurization value, the Explosion Standoff distance can be calculated. This computation assesses both the blast damage caused by the shock wave and the hazardous fragmentation threat caused by shrapnel or projectiles being thrown from the blast. The fragmentation calculations conform to the US NAVY EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) algorithms and guidelines.
  • Gamma Dose Calculator
    When a radioactive isotope is spilled decisions need to be made for safe standoff distances for personnel and public till the spilled material is properly removed. The Gamma Dose Calculator allows the selection of the isotope and the activity. It will then calculate any of three values (time of exposure, gamma dose received or distance from the source) if the other two values are provided.
  • Vapor Cloud Explosions Calculator
    When flammable liquids or vapors are released and form a vapor cloud, an ignition source can cause detonation, which in turn can generate a blast wave similar to that created by explosives and a significant release of radiant heat which can cause burns to personnel with exposed skin. The Fireball Calculator tool allows the First Responder to select the flammable material, the maximum amount of material involved, and specify overpressure and heat injury Levels of Concern. The Fireball Calculator tool will calculate a standoff distance based on the input values and the selected flammable material.
  • Fallout Radiation Dose Calculator
    If response personnel need to enter a radioactive fallout contaminated area after detonation of a nuclear device, the Fallout Radiation Dose Calculator based on a measured reference radiation level and a known entry time can provide estimates of the dose received for a certain duration of exposure or how long it takes to receive a specified dose.
  • Nuclear Detonation Calculator
    Planning for, training for, and responding to the consequences of a nuclear device detonation requires estimates of the different types of damage or injuries that can occur and how far from 'ground zero' those injuries will extend. The Nuclear Detonation Calculator allows estimation by various methods of the yield of a nuclear device and specification of different damage thresholds for heat injuries, blast wave (overpressure), and radiation dose received. The estimated distance for each type of damage are displayed along with distances for retinal burns (day and night).
  • Pool Fire Calculator
    A Pool fire is any combustible or flammable substance that can create a liquid pool that has been or could be ignited when an ignition source is present. Pool fires generate radiant heat that can cause heat injuries to exposed or unprotected skin. For large pool fires that can generate a substantial amount of heat and cause severe injuries the problem is how to estimate a safe standoff distance to prevent these injuries. The solution is the PEAC Pool Fire Calculator which allows the determination of safe standoff distances based on the substance is burning, the size of pool, and the type of heat-injury possible. The estimated duration of the pool fire is also provided.
  • Threat Matrix of Relative Hazards
    There are times when multiple materials are involved in an incident and each has different hazards. The PEAC application provides a snapshot or quick summary of the relative potential hazards exhibited by a selected group of hazardous materials. The selected materials that will be displayed in the Threat Matrix display are those previously selected for a list of working entries. Anytime the working entries list contains one or more entries a Threat Matrix display can be displayed.
  • NBC Indicator Matrix
    In an instance when an unknown agent has caused mass casualties and no detector system is available, the PEAC implementation of a guide developed by the US Department of Defense (DOD) that assesses the observed symptoms of casualties to provide guidance as to the class of agent to which they have been exposed. The NBC (nuclear, biological and chemical) Indicator Matrix was developed by the US DOD in the early 1990's to provide visual cues for the First Responder to assist in determining the possible class of agent used to incapacitate a number of victims. Observed symptoms are input into the matrix to allow assessment of possible agent(s). Upon completing the input of all viewed symptoms, the NBC Indicator Matrix offers possible class(es) of agent(s) for the mass casualties.
  • Chemical Reactivity Analysis
    Some incidents may involve multiple chemicals that have or could come in contact. A major concern is what type of reactions may result from these interactions.The PEAC tool allows for a Chemical Reactivity Analysis. This analysis begins with a review of the EPA Reactivity Information.The Reactivity Information displays the following for the specific material:
    1. Specific hazards
    2. Air & Water Reactions
    3. Chemical profile
    The PEAC application allows the user to build a Reactivity Chemical List. The Reactions Summary gives a list of possible binary reactions between families of chemicals.

  • E-mail
    During an incident a user may need to share information with others not physically on site. Sharing information digitally, particularly if the information is substantial in quantity and/or graphical in nature, e.g., maps of hazard zones, is easily facilitated with the PEAC tool’s e-mail function. When the user initiates the e-mail function, a window appears to provide a list of all topics and documents which may be transmitted related to the specific substance(s) encountered at the incident. The user then selects the appropriate documents and information to be sent as a PDF attachment to the e-mail. Email capability requires a local email application and Internet connectivity.
  • Common Alerting Protocol (CAP)
    The PEAC software now utilizes the CAP (Common Altering Protocol), a Department of Homeland Security protocol for exchanging information about all hazardous events. The CAP encapsulates specific information into defined XML fields that can be read by applications that conform to this widely accepted protocol and helps to share information and achieve interoperability with other agencies or higher levels of command.

  • Your Incident Manager
    The PEAC application now provides a new after-action-review and reporting tool, the PEAC Incident Manager. The Incident Manager will capture all the information accessed or generated by the PEAC application during an incident into a single folder or package. Responders may now generate reports for every incident and response they are involved with. Post-incident reports can be easily generated. The PEAC Incident Manager allows the user to create a new incident by providing an incident name and some basic information. “ALL” activities executed in the PEAC application are recorded until the user decides to close or terminate the incident. This provides a simple and organized collection of all activities that are time stamped and saved into a specific folder that can be recalled later for the preparation of reports or post-incident review.
  • Your Forms Manager
    Version 6.0 of the PEAC software now provides access to commonly used National Incident Management System (“NIMS”) forms and the CHEMTREK Hazmat Exercise Request forms. These forms can be easily displayed, completed, saved, modified, and printed as necessary. As information is entered, saved, and later modified, the individual revisions to the form are retained as part of the documentation trail. These forms are presented in PDF format and can easily be e-mailed utilizing the PEAC software e-mail function.
  • Your Chemical Inventory
    The Working Entry List can be utilized to save the Chemical Inventory at a specific location. The Working Entry List serves dual purposes:
    1. Record substances involved in an on-going incident, or
    2. It can be used to customize the PEAC application by building multiple Working Entry Lists during planning sessions.
    A list could be developed during an inspection when it is observed that specific chemicals are stored at a certain location. The list can be given a unique name and be recalled at a later time if the facility is involved in an incident. The user can return to the saved file if ever having to respond to the location. In a few seconds, the user will have the saved Working Entries List displayed and know what chemicals may be involved.
  • Your Emergency Management Plans
    Customize your PEAC application by inputting Emergency Management Response Plans & Forms into your PEAC tool. You’ll note in this example that the information is found in Global Information. As noted earlier, the user has input a CDC MMG Patient Follow-up Form that can be accessed via Global Information. Global information is available regardless of which entry in the database is being viewed.
  • Your MSDS's
    Customize your PEAC tool by including your MSDS sheets. The Indexed capability of the PEAC technology allow the user to input MSDS information for individual chemicals. Once the chemical is selected, you can access the MSDS information important to you right from within the PEAC application.
  • Your Additional Chemical Information
    Customize your PEAC tool by adding any additional information you deem as important or necessary. This can be accomplished through either the Global or Indexed Information tabs. Below we are accessing the contact information within the Global information feature. The additional information is contact information for CHEMTREC and other organizations that might need to be notified when a chemical spill occurs or be able to provide assistance after a spill. This information is easily stored and retrieved from within the PEAC application.

A Constant State of Readiness
Comprehensive training is a vital element in maintaining a constant state of readiness. Therefore, we invite you to visit the TRAINING tab above on our main navigation bar to review the various training resources available.

However, while the PEAC software was designed to be utilized at an actual hazmat incident, it is also invaluable as a pre-incident planning and a training tool for your hazmat field exercises. In addition to the fact that multiple exercise scenarios can be staged, the PEAC application allows your team to quickly develop safe stand-off distances and exclusionary zones in any number of weather and topography conditions, utilizing any hazardous substance or combination of substances.

Actual hazardous materials and chemical inventories can be created and saved to duplicate conditions that may already exist in you agency’s manufacturing and industrial areas.

Victim treatment procedures can be added to these scenarios utilizing the PEAC software’s ALS/BLS Protocols for exposure to numerous and multiple hazardous substances.

Utilizing the PEAC software’s various interoperability features, precise data can be transmitted back to base or to a remote location, and additional command instructions can be received.

After-exercise review and evaluation can be performed with a high degree of accuracy utilizing the Incident Manager Reports and Logs which are automatically created and provide every detail of the exercise.

Beginning with the proper CPC selection and concluding with the accurate preparation and transmittal of ICS/NIMS forms, your exercise can emulate actual incident events, whether it’s a routine diesel spill, or other more unusual and potentially serious chemical release.

The first step in comprehensive training and effective procedures is to uncover any gaps in response proficiency and performance.

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