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2nd Edition

Emergency Characterization of Unknown Materials

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ISBN 9780367480257
November 30, 2020 Forthcoming by CRC Press
368 Pages - 208 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Emergency Characterization of Unknown Materials, Second Edition is fully updated to serve as a portable text that can be used in the field, and laboratory, as a reference to workers who are responsible for safe response to and management of unknown hazardous materials.

As with the first edition the book emphasizes public safety and the management of life safety hazards and includes technologies and strategies to identify the hazards presented by an unknown material. Risk analysis is a procedure to identify threats and vulnerabilities, analyze them to ascertain the exposures, and highlight how the impact can be eliminated or reduced. If an unknown material can be identified with a high degree of confidence, that can considerably changes the response, and measures taken.

The hazard identification methods presented in this book are intended for use by frontline workers. The test methods presented within involve manipulation of small amounts of sample—using, literally, a hands-on approach Firefighters and hazardous materials teams, when responding to a hazardous material emergency involving an unknown substance, are primarily interested in protecting public safety. Identifying the hazards of the unknown substance is essential to plan development and sustained actions.

The book covers practical field application with updated and additional examples of field instruments. The three technologies used by first responders and military personnel to identify unknown chemicals are Raman spectroscopy, FTIR spectroscopy, and high-pressure mass spectroscopy. New coverage to this edition, includes a new chapter, and content that focuses on sample manipulation and separations using instruments developed and revised since the first edition was published. These sample manipulations may be performed in the field with a very simple toolkit, which is fully outlined and explained in detail.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Introduction. About the Authors. Chapter 1: Terms and Definitions. Chapter 2: Hazards. Chapter 3: Detention Technology. Chapter 4: Strategies. Chapter 5: Techniques. References. Index.

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Rick Houghton is recently retired from Houghtons, Inc., having sold the business to Bill after working with him for over a year. Rick was a firefighter and paramedic for 19 years and then operated Houghtons, Inc. for 20 years. Rick trained first responders in Raman and FTIR analysis for 12 years. He holds an Associate Degree in Applied Fire Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Safety (cum laude). Rick authored Emergency Characterization of Unknown Materials (CRC Press, 2007) and Field Confirmation Testing for Suspicious Substances (CRC Press, March 2009). Rick will be responsible for oversight of the second addition and remain the primary author.

William Bennett is the new owner of Houghtons, Inc., a private, veteran owned training and consulting company focused on hazardous materials response. Bill has 32 years’ experience with the Air Force; 15 years’ experience operating the mobile analytical laboratory for the Michigan National Guard’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team. He has regularly worked with federal, state and local first responders. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management (Organizational Security) and a Master of Science degree in Management. Bill will be responsible for updating WMD components and writing the new technology section for high-pressure mass spectroscopy. He will co-author the new chapter on sample manipulations.