PU 107 Webinar - Measuring Emissions from Polyurethane Materials (2016)

PU 107 Webinar - Measuring Emissions from Polyurethane Materials (2016)

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This webinar course will discuss measuring emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) from polyurethane materials used in buildings and/or vehicles. The release of chemicals from materials into enclosed environments has been the subject of increased regulation worldwide. Indoor and in-vehicle air quality has fast become a topic of discussion with regards to the health of the occupants. The increased global focus on measuring product emissions has led to numerous test methods for VOCs and SVOCs for compliance with various national and international regulations.

When performing these test methods, sample specimens are placed into environmental chambers or sample bags of various sizes under controlled conditions (e.g., humidity and temperature), and then the emitted analytes are collected onto thermal desorption (TD) sorbent tubes and cartridges containing silica gel and 2, 4-dinitrophenylhydrazine (DNPH) for chemical analysis using TD, gas chromatography, mass spectrometry (TD/GC/MS) and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). This webinar course will discuss method(s) that may be appropriate to use to evaluate polyurethane materials and discuss the details of various methods and their suitability for measuring emissions.

Original Date and Time:

  • July 12, 2016 | 10:00 – 11:30 am EDT
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  • CPI has become an American Institute of Architects (AIA) CES approved provider for webinars.

Who Should Purchase?

  • Environmental representatives for manufacturers of polyurethane materials, air quality test labs, consultants, regulators, researchers, etc.


  • Learn how to implement the correct product emission sampling techniques for the detection and quantitation of VOC (e.g., solvents, odorous compounds, blowing agents, aldehydes) and SVOCs (e.g., flame retardants, plasticizers).
  • Understand the importance of defining the correct technique while complying with regulations or customer requests, and getting the most from the information gathered.


  • To educate participants about various product emission sampling and analytical techniques and when to apply them.


  • PU 107 is a 90 minute webinar


  • Dr Caroline Widdowson (Product Marketing Manager) Markes International, a specialist manufacturer of analytical thermal desorption instrumentation and associated sampling equipment. Caroline participates in many standard and regulatory committees (CEN, ISO, ASTM, BSi) and works closely with industry, test labs and research institutes to equip and advise on the analysis of VOC and SVOCs.
  • John Sebroski (Senior Scientist, Environmental Analytics Laboratory), Covestro LLC, Pittsburgh, PA USA. John actively participates on several ASTM committees including Subcommittee D22.05 on Indoor Air, where he chairs the task group on developing a method to measure emissions from spray polyurethane foam (SPF) and he is the chair of CPI’s SPF Emissions Task Force.


  • Describe the relevant national and global regulations, associated test methods for materials used in buildings and/or vehicles.


  • Members of CPI - $199.00
  • Non-members - $249.00

CPI Members get $50 off during checkout.
Joint ACC/CPI members will see the $50 savings automatically in your cart.


For more information, please contact Lee Salamone, (202) 249-6604, Lee_Salamone@americanchemistry.com


The information provided in this workshop is believed to be technically current and accurate, however, CPI and the instructor(s) make no warranty, expressed or implied:

  1. Of merchantability or as to correctness of any specific information herein.
  2. Of fitness or suitability of that information for a particular purpose.
  3. With respect to freedom from infringement of third party patents or rights.
  4. With respect to the commercial utility of technology discussed.