Box of Supplies for Detecting Environmental Hazards

DLSPH Collection · Public Health

Accession Number: 2016.phlt.1.120.1-27

Description:

A cardboard box contains a number of elements used in chemical testing and analysis. These include boxes of analyser tubes from Gastec in Japan. In each box is a set of tubes for detecting a particular chemical. There are sets for vinyl chloride, ammonia, water vapour, methylene chloride, formaldehyde, sulphur dioxide, and nitric oxide. The boxes for vinyl chloride, methylene chloride, and nitric oxide are unopened.

The box also contains several sets of tubes made by Drägerwerk in Germany. One, in a cardboard box, detects toluene diisocynate. Three other sets, in a plastic boxes, detect hydrogen sulphide, phenol, and chlorine.

The box also contains two sets of detector tubes made by Mine Safety Appliances of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. These detect nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide.

The box also includes a metal container which contains a passive diffusion monitor made by 3M in the United States. This is a brown and clear plastic object with a shirt clip.

The box also contains a blue cardboard box of no. 4 filter papers made by W & R Balston Ltd. in England.

The box also contains a blue plastic chemical dosimeter by Landauer. This object has a metal clip and resembles a pen.

Primary Materials: Cardboard, Plastic Glass

Dimensions (cm):

Box: Length = 19.5, Width = 20, Height = 8.5

Function:

These objects (with the exception of the filter papers) are used to detect and/ or analyse various environmental hazards.

Condition:

Very good. The seals have been broken on several of the boxes or containers. Some items are worn. The caps on the Landauer chemical dosimeter are split and broken.

Manufacturer:

Gastec Corporation. Tokyo, Japan; Drägerwerk AG. Lübeck, Germany; Mine Safety Appliances (MSA). Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; 3M. St. Paul, Minnesota; The box also contains a box of no. 4 filter papers made by W & R Balston ltd. in England.

Date of Manufacture: c. 1980s