PDC 419

Methods and Applications for Chemical Detection in Real Time



intermediate | Credits: 8 CM Credit Hours / 0.8 CEU / 0.5 CMP
Sunday, May 22 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Limit: 45


Exposure Assessment Strategies, Hazardous Chemicals, Real-Time Detection Systems, Sensor Technologies


This PDC is targeted toward IH, safety, and emergency response personnel who use or may be called on to use field-portable detection and identification tools, or professionals who may need to understand data produced by such tools. Participants should have some knowledge of the general capabilities and limitations of detection and identification tools. The case studies presented will demonstrate how real-time chemical detection has been effectively used to answer important human exposure questions. The hands-on portion of the PDC will include instruments and associated data processing hardware/software. Information presented will show instrumentation in field settings and resulting data, and how such instruments may be integrated into emergency response protocols required by the OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) standard.


IH-level knowledge of chemistry, interest in field-portable detection tools and the exposure assessment process.

Value Added

Case studies, flow charts, and other tools to illustrate/formalize the instrument selection process will be provided. Hands-on experience will also be provided, along with contact information for knowledgeable and helpful detection systems experts.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a field detection plan of hazards based on costs, availability, and operating principles of important field detection and identification technologies.
  • Discuss technologies used in implementing critical decisions based on field analyses.
  • Select the best field detection and identification tool based on capabilities and limitations.


  • Introduction
  • Potential exposure threats
  • Range of detection tools, capabilities and limitations, costs, and training needs
  • Technologies and case studies for: electrochemical sensors, combustibility/explosivity meters, photoionization detectors, various absorbance and emission-based detectors

Transfer of Knowledge

Instructors will evaluate participants understanding of the materials presented based on:

  • Post PDC test
  • Hands-on demonstrations and practicum

Course Survey Link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/16PDC419

Sponsoring Committee

Real-Time Detection Systems