ASTM E2852 - 13

    Standard Guide for Acquisition, Maintenance, Storage, and Use of Hazardous Material Detection Instrumentation

    Active Standard ASTM E2852 | Developed by Subcommittee: E54.01

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.08


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 This guide provides information that could be used to:

    5.1.1 Establish a hazardous material instrument program;

    5.1.2 Help ensure that consistently reliable instruments are available for the detection of hazardous materials; and

    5.1.3 Provide the safety professional with the means to evaluate the risk and facilitate the mitigation of the threat from hazardous materials.

    5.2 This guide provides information to help perform the following:

    5.2.1 Select detection equipment.

    5.2.2 Maintain the equipment in a manner that supports its immediate use when required.

    5.2.3 Store equipment using proper methods and conditions between uses.

    5.2.4 Calibrate equipment in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations and regulatory requirements:

    5.2.4.1 At appropriate intervals;

    5.2.4.2 Using appropriate standards; and

    5.2.4.3 While maintaining proper documentation of calibration and repair.

    5.2.5 Use and verify equipment performance:

    5.2.5.1 As recommended by the manufacturer for its intended application;

    5.2.5.2 By performing functional checks; and

    5.2.5.3 By knowing any limitations of use.

    5.3 This guide also provides information regarding the types of materials to be included in training programs for the use and maintenance of the equipment.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide provides techniques that can be used to ensure the proper operation and use of Hazardous Material detection equipment. This document cannot replace education or experience and should be used in conjunction with professional judgment. Not all aspects of this guide may be applicable in all circumstances.

    1.2 This guide is not intended to represent or replace any accreditation or certification documents by which the adequacy of a given professional service must be judged.

    1.3 This guide does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this guide to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.4 When using HAZMAT equipment follow the manufacturer’s guidance and appropriate safety practices for the expected or suspected threat.

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E2411 Specification for Chemical Warfare Vapor Detector (CWVD)

    E2458 Practices for Bulk Sample Collection and Swab Sample Collection of Visible Powders Suspected of Being Biothreat Agents from Nonporous Surfaces

    E2770 Guide for Operational Guidelines for Initial Response to a Suspected Biothreat Agent

    Other Documents

    UL-913 Intrinsically Safe Apparatus and Associated Apparatus for Use in Class I, II, and III, Division 1, Hazardous (Classified) Locations


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 17.240 (Radiation measurements)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 11141608(Hazardous waste or scrap)


    DOI: 10.1520/E2852-13

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