February 17, 2003

HazMat Smart Strip

HazMat Smart Strip May Protect Lives from AP.

But, of course, a coworker reminded me of the fact that, by the time the strip reacts, it may be too late.

Update: you may want to read the comments on this one. Mike Reimer, the CEO of the company that makes these strips has been giving us some great information on how these actually work.

Thanks, Mike! ~ Ith

Posted by Ninjababe at February 17, 2003 11:14 AM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

The strip should just say something like "If you can read this text, you'll be dead in less than 10 minutes..."

Posted by: Wilechile at February 17, 2003 4:15 PM

The fact that the strip will read before it is to late could not be farther from the truth. The product is designed to react at levels way below the IDLH limits. For example arsenic strip will react at 1 part per billion.

Mike Reimer
HazMat Smart-Strip CEO

Posted by: Mike at February 18, 2003 3:03 PM

Mike, so say there's nerve gas in the area. The strip will alert you at levels where you you might still be safe? I'm not sure if I worded that well, but I tried. Or would the strip be more for people that are already in protective gear and oxygen to let them know what's in the area?

Thanks for the clarification.

Posted by: Ith at February 18, 2003 5:32 PM

Thanks for clearing that up. The way the article was worded made it seem as if it would warn you that the hazardous material levels in the air had become hazardous, and that didn't make sense to me.

But, I'm glad it does react before the hazard level is reached.


Posted by: Ninjababe at February 18, 2003 7:32 PM

If you were letís say and enclosed area. And you had a high tech electronic monitor. The area then got a huge dose of nerve agent. Guess what you are dead. Now, if you were on the periphery, and walked into an affected area with the Strip you would know at level before they are lethal.

Mike Reimer
Safety Solutions

Posted by: Mike Reimer at February 19, 2003 3:21 AM

So the strips are kind of the 21st century version of the canary in the mine.

Posted by: Ith at February 19, 2003 10:42 AM