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Point Chemical Vapor Detectors

Two new ASTM International specifications are the first standards to present baseline performance requirements for point chemical vapor detectors. The standards were developed as the result of a need recognized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives detection capability, as well as the need to set standards so that manufacturers and users of such capabilities have a benchmark to achieve efficacy.

The recently approved standards are E2885, Specification for Handheld Point Chemical Vapor Detectors (HPCVD) for Homeland Security Applications, and E2933, Specification for Stationary Point Chemical Vapor Detectors (SPCVD) for Homeland Security Applications. Both standards were developed by Subcommittee E54.01 on CBRNE Sensors and Detectors, part of ASTM International Committee E54 on Homeland Security Applications.

E2885 focuses on portable handheld detectors used by first responders and HAZMAT teams, while F2933 concentrates on stationary detectors designed to operate continuously in and around public, nonindustrial facilities. The new standards will guide detector designers, manufacturers, integrators, procurement officials and end users by providing a common set of parameters for how point chemical vapor detectors should operate.

“These ASTM standards provide an opportunity to inform state, local tribal and territorial government agencies, as well as privately owned and/or operated venues designed for large gatherings, with an established performance specification for chemical vapor detectors,” said Pamela Chu, National Institute for Standards and Technology, and an E54 member.“Users can also customize their specific performance requirements depending on the venue or location.”

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CONTACT Technical Information: Pamela Chu, Ph.D., National Institute for Standards and Technology• Gaithersburg, Md. • Phone: 301-975-2988 | ASTM Staff: Rick Lake • Phone: 610-832-9689 | Upcoming Meeting: Jan. 27-29, 2014 • January Committee Week • Houston, Texas

This article appears in the issue of Standardization News.