CALCUPA Equipment Manual

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* HAZARDOUS MATERIALS FIELD SCREENING EQUIPMENT MANUAL

CALCUPA Equipment Manual

The California CUPA Forum received funding for this Instrument Manual through the CUPA Forum Environmental Protection Trust Fund. The need to have portable and reliable monitoring equipment is necessary for site characterization, initial identification of hazards present, and to ensure public safety during a hazardous materials incident.

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.

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 The manual does not include those outdated and relatively unused equipment and also recognizes that new technology and instrumentation is a constantly evolving trend.

The document was compiled by Jeff Benedict, former City of Long Beach Hazardous Waste Operations Officer through document research; and consultation with local CUPA and fire department hazmat agencies, and equipment vendors. The project manager for the manual was Division Chief Bill Jones, Los Angeles County Fire Department. Comments and suggestions may be directed to Chief Jones at Bill.jones@fire.lacounty.gov or the CCF Manager Sheryl Baldwin at Sheryl@calcupa.org.