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Video explains risk management of toxic gases in freight containers

The air quality inside freight containers varies enormously, depending on the goods, the packing materials, transit time, temperature, humidity and the possible presence of fumigants. Consequently, many containers contain dangerous levels of toxic gases and represent a major threat to port and transport workers, customs officials, warehousemen, store employees and consumers. It is therefore essential that risks are assessed effectively before containers are opened.

Traditional monitoring techniques employ a ‘hit and miss’ approach, but in a new video recently published by Gasmet Technologies, the advantages of simultaneous multigas analysis are explained. This monitoring capability is provided by the Gasmet DX4040, a portable FTIR analyzer capable of detecting and measuring hundreds of compounds. This ability is demonstrated in the video with containers ‘spiked’ with common contaminants.

The video can be viewed also on YouTube.

Gasmet has also published a case study on a company in the Netherlands which specialises in the assessment of freight containers with a fleet of 8 portable FTIR analyzers.

In addition, Gasmet has created a comprehensive White Paper on Container Gas Analysis, and this is available as a free download from the Gasmet website.