Appropriate use of field screening equipment and environmental protection can aid personnel involved with a hazardous materials situation in determining potential or actual effects on public safety, the environment, immediate and long term risks to public health, actions to mitigate the hazards, and appropriate personnel protection equipment to be used.
This manual was compiled to provide a single source of hazardous materials field detection equipment useful for hazardous waste sites and incident response. This document is intended as a quick reference of equipment and specifications for use. The instructions contained within should not replace the manufacturers operating instructions for the device or equipment. Use of any device for hazard assessment and or identification requires a full understanding of the equipment's responses, limitations, and mode of operation.
The instruments described in this manual represent the current models that are marketed by a variety of equipment manufacturers; and models that have been updated or discontinued but are still used by many Fire and Health HazMat agencies. The manual does not include those outdated and relatively unused equipment and also recognizes that new technology and instrumentation is a constantly evolving trend.