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New Standards from ASTM International Homeland Security Committee


Specifications Present Baseline Requirements for Handheld and Stationary 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 ASTM E2885, Specification for Handheld Point Chemical Vapor Detectors (HPCVD) for Homeland Security Applications, and ASTM 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.

ASTM E2885 focuses on portable handheld detectors used by first responders and HAZMAT teams, while ASTM E2933 concentrates on stationary detectors designed to operate continuously in and around public, non-industrial 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 Dr. 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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ASTM Committee E54 Next Meeting: Jan. 27-29, 2014, January Committee Week, Houston, Texas
Technical Contact: Pamela Chu, Ph.D., National Institute for Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Md., Phone: 301-975-2988; 
ASTM Staff Contact: Rick Lake, Phone: 610-832-9689; 
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Release #9499

October 31, 2013

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