The threat of terrorist activities involving the intentional release of chemical substances is an ever increasing concern. The recent disclosure of chemical weapons facilities in the Middle East further affirms that these threats exist, and that it is conceivable chemical weapons are being produced and stored worldwide. HAPSITE ER Chemical Identification System
provides on-site detection, identification and quantitation of chemical warfare agents (CWA), as well as toxic industrial chemicals (TIC). HAPSITE ER provides results in minutes, so critical mission-related decisions can be made on-site. Specifically designed to withstand harsh conditions, HAPSITE ER is the only person-portable gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GC/MS) currently in use by government agencies and militaries worldwide, including the US Department of Defense, to provide site assessment and confirmatory analysis of CWAs in a weapons facility or hot zone. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013 for “its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons,” acquired HAPSITE ER to support efforts for the destruction of chemical weapons stockpiles.
When responding to an explosion, a fugitive or unintentional chemical release, gas leak, or an episode causing widespread symptoms of illness, the deployed responder must make an accurate initial assessment quickly. In an unknown atmosphere, the need for intrinsically safe equipment is essential to avoid delays when gathering information. Incident response, including gas leaks, can be quickly and safely assessed using the intrinsically safe, portable MicroFID II Flame Ionization Detector (FID)
to provide rapid, on-site detection and measurement of total volatile organic compounds (TVOC), including methane.