Galson Laboratories to launch Purdue-designed vest at AIHce 2014

May 28, 2014  


Galson vest

Jim Trainer, CIH of Galson Laboratories, wears Galson's OneTouch IH Sampling Vest that will be displayed and demonstrated live at the 2014 American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition, May 31 to June 5 in San Antonio. Galson Laboratories has signed an exclusive license with Purdue Research Foundation for the vest, which was developed by Eric Ward, a Ph.D. student in Purdue's College of Health and Human Sciences. (Galson Laboratories photo)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y., and SAN ANTONIO - Industrial health and safety specialists who place sampling equipment on their colleagues to assess biological, chemical and physical agents in the workplace could benefit from a new product that will be launched Monday (June 2) by Galson Laboratories Inc. at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition.

Traditionally, air sampling pumps, personal monitors and other instruments are clipped or secured with duct tape onto a worker's belt during the entire workday. Inconsistent placement of equipment could lead to inaccurate results, tubes or wires being caught in machinery, and other negative effects. Additionally, workers often prefer to wear no more than one sampling device at a time due to physical discomfort, which means complete sampling could take several days.

Galson's OneTouch IH Sampling Vest provides workers with a simpler, more comfortable means of using sampling equipment that determines the levels of physical, chemical and biological agents in the workplace. The vest utilizes snaps and pockets which allow multiple devices to be attached and detached. It also has specialized channels to integrate and protect tubing and wiring.

Ron McMahan, vice president of Galson Laboratories, said the vest represents another innovation from the company to help its clients simplify industrial hygiene sampling.

"Studies to date have shown an 80 to 90 percent reduction in complaints when the OneTouch IH Sampling Vest is used instead of the traditional means of attaching sampling devices to a person," he said. "This vest could result in more effective and accurate sampling data for our clients, which leads to a better understanding of the amount of physical, biological and chemical agents in work environments."

Galson Laboratories has signed an exclusive license with Purdue Research Foundation for the vest, which was developed by Eric Ward. Ward is a Ph.D. student in Purdue University's College of Health and Human Sciences and a consultant at Galson Laboratories.

"I have been working diligently with the professionals at Galson Laboratories to develop the initial vest prototypes into the OneTouch IH Sampling Vest. It has been a privilege to work with all of them," he said.

Ward said AIHce 2014 is the premier event in the industrial hygiene sector.

"Thousands of health and safety personnel involved in the industry will be in attendance at the conference in San Antonio," he said. "There is nothing better than having Galson Laboratories, one of the world leaders in industrial hygiene analysis and monitoring solutions, showcase this vest during the event."

The OneTouch IH Sampling Vest will be on display and available for demonstration purposes at booth #4013. McMahan and Ward will present the vest at 12 p.m. on June 2 at Pavilion #1. Pre-orders for the vest will be taken during the conference. It is expected to be available in early July.

About Galson Laboratories Inc.

Galson Laboratories, a world leader in industrial hygiene analysis and monitoring solutions, is ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited by the American Industrial Hygiene Association. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, Galson Laboratories has facilities in Charleston, South Carolina, Alameda, California, Dickinson, Texas, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. For more information call toll-free, 888-432-5227, email clientservices@galsonlabs.com or visit www.galsonlabs.com.

About Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization

The Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization operates one of the most comprehensive technology transfer programs among leading research universities in the United States. Services provided by this office support the economic development initiatives of Purdue University and benefit the university's academic activities.

Purdue Research Foundation contact: Steve Martin, 765-588-3342, sgmartin@prf.org 

Sources: Eric Ward, eric.j.ward1@gmail.com

Ron McMahan, 512-897-5230, rmcmahan@galsonlabs.com

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