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Benzene detector used in chemical spill clean-up

16 May 2019

An Ion Science Tiger Select handheld gas detector is being used to assist with the clean-up process following an explosion at an ITC tank farm in Deer Park, Texas.

At Deer Park, the Tiger Select instrument is specifically seeking traces of benzene, which is highly toxic. An Ion Science Tiger has also been purchased by members of the local community to monitor air quality as they are concerned about their health. 

Other recent incidents have seen the intervention of local government agencies, resulting in a series of violations for clean air, clean water, and environmental quality that include failure to comply with emissions rate standards, conduct stack tests, and the discharge of hazardous waste.

A fixed monitoring device, such as the Titan fixed benzene specific detector or Falco fixed volatile organic compound (VOC) detector from Ion Science, is capable of continuously detecting VOCs, including benzene, helping prevent such catastrophic events. 

The Tiger Select is a handheld gas detector with two mode operation for rapid and accurate detection of benzene and TACs. Using the high output Ion Science 10.0eV monitoring system, a reading for TACs is seen immediately on start-up. Should TACs be detected, a benzene pre-filter tube can be easily attached to ensure rapid detection and selective measurement of benzene.

Ion Science offers an array of advanced instruments that will detect and monitor a range of VOCs, including the handheld Tiger series, the Cub personal VOC detector and the Falco fixed PID detector which utilises typhoon technology, allowing effective operation within humid and harsh environments.