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Markes’ TD specialist to highlight analysis of emissions from insulating foam at ASTM symposium

Friday, 17 April 2015 at 10:23:AM

ASTM International logoOne of Markes’ thermal desorption specialists, Dr Caroline Widdowson, will describe at a forthcoming symposium how Markes’ thermal desorption technologies and sampling accessories can be used to determine chemical emissions from spray polyurethane foam (SPF) – with particular focus on the importance of validation and quality control.

Titled “Developing Consensus Standards for Measuring Chemical Emissions from Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation”, the symposium is organised by ASTM International, and will take place in Anaheim, CA, USA, from 30 April to 1 May.

SPF is widely used as an insulating material in homes and offices, but the volatile chemicals released during its use are known to be harmful to human health. To manage this risk, consensus is needed on the best way to measure these chemicals.

The symposium aims to facilitate this consensus by allowing the exchange of ideas between SPF manufacturers, regulators, test laboratories, air quality consultants, analytical specialist vendors, and indoor air quality professionals. The organisers also say that the symposium will be valuable to inform the future development of standards for measuring emissions from SPF insulation.

Dr Widdowson’s talk, titled “Quality control and validation of sampling and analytical techniques for the analysis of chemical emissions from spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation”, will be presented at 09:25 on 30 April.To receive a copy of this presentation, or for more information on how Markes’ technologies can be used to monitor emissions from SPF, please email

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