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Able has revealed that Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service has purchased the company’s Jerome mercury detection system for its technical support teams and mobile technical support lab.

Mercury is used in thermometers, barometers, manometers, sphygmomanometers, float valves, and other scientific apparatus.

It is also used in a number of other ways in scientific research applications.

It is harmless when in an insoluble form, such as mercuric sulphide, but mercury poisoning can result from exposure to soluble forms, inhalation of mercury vapour, or eating fish contaminated with mercury.

Toxic effects include damage to the brain, kidneys, and lungs.

Mercury poisoning can result in several diseases, including acrodynia (pink disease), Hunter-Russell syndrome, and Minamata disease.

The mercury detection system will be used by the fire and rescue services to verify the presence and level of mercury vapour during incidents involving mercury spillage, to ascertain whether the environment is safe to enter.

This could include spillages from simple household thermometers with 0.2mg through barometers with 50-100mg, up to unlimited quantities in industrial gauging.

The previous method used to verify potential mercury inhalation hazards required testing in a technical support mobile laboratory.

This method can take 2-3 hours to verify any hazard before the situation can be dealt with.

With the Able Jerome mercury detection system, the verification time can be cut by 50-75 per cent.

This will allow the fire and rescue service to ascertain and deal with any potential situations rapidly, freeing up their time for any other emergencies without delay, if the situation is non-toxic.

Designed to provide a lower detection limit of 0.5ug/m3, the new generation of Able Instruments’ Jerome portable mercury vapour analysers is suitable for making fast, accurate measurements in accordance with the Health Protection Agency’s public health guidelines for air quality, which recommend exposure limits of 1ug/m3.

Jerome combines the stable, highly specific and reliable gold-film technology with one-button operation and these attributes have lead to a strong endorsement of the instrument by emergency services carrying out detection inspection monitoring.

The instrument may be operated in survey mode for tracing sources of mercury hazard or in analytical mode for measurement accuracy of +/- 10 per cent and a repeatability of 15 per cent RSD at 1ug/m3.

The information for this press release was compiled by Able Instruments and Controls.

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