FTIR spectroscopy for smoke toxicity analysis
Using FTIR, researchers can learn how to reduce the danger of toxic emissions from fires. Our recent webinar, “Analysis of Smoke Toxicity Using FTIR Spectroscopy,” highlighted how they can monitor toxic gases released during combustion events.
As more synthetic materials are introduced into commonly used products, toxic fire effluents have emerged as the number one cause of fire deaths and an increasing number of fire injuries. The combustion of vehicles, buildings, and everyday materials can send toxic gases into the air—damaging both human health and the environment.
To address this issue, regulators have introduced standards to reduce toxicity exposure during a fire. One standard is the European railway standard for fire safety (EN 45545), which requires that all materials used in rail vehicle manufacturing comply with specific rules. The regulations, originally passed in 2013, are intended to protect passengers and railway staff during fire incidents on railway vehicles.
A recent update to these regulations (EN 45545-2) identifies how fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy testing can be used as a legally binding technique to analyze a variety of gases including dangerous acids such as hydrochloric acid, hydrobromic acid, hydrogen cyanide, and hydrogen fluoride.
FTIR spectroscopy measures the toxicity of products under different burn conditions.
By registering for our on-demand webinar, you’ll learn how to comply with the EN 45545-2 FTIR spectroscopy requirements for smoke toxicity analysis. You’ll see the benefits of FTIR spectroscopy for fast, accurate, multi-component analysis compared to single-component analyzers and GC methods. You’ll also learn key sampling and data collection parameters required for accurate FTIR gas analyses.
This webinar is designed for fire safety science researchers, polymer development chemists, lithium-ion battery researchers, contract laboratories specializing in environmental testing, continuous emissions monitoring engineers, and anyone interested in learning how FTIR spectroscopy can assess smoke toxicity—leading to improved materials and public safety.
Register here to attend our Analysis of Smoke Toxicity webinar.
Jay Roberts is a product manager in the FTIR spectroscopy division at Thermo Fisher Scientific.