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MultiRae Pro Operational Procedure

1.0 Overview of Test


The MultiRae Pro combines a PID (Photoionization Detector) with six gases (Oxygen,
total Volatile Organic Compounds (tVOCs), LEL and three toxic gas sensors) in one
compact monitor with a sampling pump. The monitor can be used as a personal
monitor, a hand-held sniffer or as a continuous-operation area monitor. Applications
include HazMat, Confined Space entry, environmental and Industrial Hygiene/IAQ.

2.0 Responsibility

All Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) technicians and persons handling this equipment are
responsible for following this procedure.

2.0 Equipment
MultiRae Pro PID Multigas meter

3.0 Materials and Associated Equipment Accessories


MultiRae PID Multigas meter
PID lamp (10.6 eV)
MultiRae field data sheets
CARIRI Signs
Multirae Download Data Cable (Comprised of Serial adapter and MultiRae
Cable)
MultiRae Water Trap/External Filters
MultiRae Batteries
MultiRae Pump
MultiRae Sensors
Span Gas Canisters
120V AC wall adapter
Gas Regulator with attachable inlet tubing
MultiRae Flat Screwdriver
Forceps
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5.0 Procedure

In the Office (General Maintenance Instructions)

Unplug MultiRAE from charger, hold MODE Key to turn on; Alarm will beep once,
watch display screen for messages such as:

Sensors installed & their warranty expiration


Alarm limits
Sensor Firmware
Last calibration date
User/Alarm/Datalog modes
Datalog Period
Warm-up will take approximately 90 seconds

Check the status of the meter. Battery life at three segments (max), date and time,
appropriate sensors calibrated (check last calibration date). No alarms and sensors
reading zero indicate monitor ready for use. If alarms (pump or lamp) appear,
troubleshoot (see operational manual). Verify external filters fitness for use (see
QA/QC).

1. Install and calibrate the relevant sensors as specified by the above instructions
and job-specific Measurement Survey
2. While in survey mode, enter the menu, and then select Monitor, which will
display settings for date and time. Make the necessary adjustments to these
fields as needed (Refer to manual).
3. Generate calibration certificate, print, sign and file in the appropriate
instrument folder.
4. It is the responsibility of whomever is removing the MultiRae from the office to
update the MultiRae folder with the relevant log out information prior to
leaving the office.

5.1 Calibration

5.1.1 Fresh Air Calibration


Please note that Fresh Air calibration MUST be done before single
sensor calibration
1. Press and hold down both Mode and N/- keys for three seconds to enter
programming mode.

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2. Calibrate monitor? is the first item on the menu. Press Y/+ to perform
calibration.
3. Select Fresh Air Calibration from the Calibration sub menu
4. Attach the regulator to the zero air gas cylinder (ensure that the cylinder is
dated in use and not expired), turn the regulator to allow gas flow, and
connect the tubing to the monitor's intake valve.
5. Press the Y/+ key to start fresh air calibration of the monitor. The display
shows zero . In progress followed by the name of each sensor and the
message zeroed. The display should show a reading of 20.9 for the oxygen
sensor and 0.0, (or a very small value), for all other sensors.
6. After a five second pause the display will show the message Zero Cal Done!
Turn off gas and disconnect the regulator from the zero gas cylinder.

5.1.2 Single Gas Calibration


1. After pressing "Calibrate Monitor" as in Fresh Air Calibration above, press
Mode until "Single Sensor Calibration" is selected. Press Y/+ to select Single
Sensor Calibration from the calibration sub menu. The display shows all the
installed sensors in the monitor with the cursor blinking at the first sensor
location. Press Y/+ key to select the highlighted sensor and start the
calibration, or press Mode key momentarily to move to the next sensor
location.
2. Attach the regulator to the Span Gas Cylinder (ensure span gas cylinder is not
past expiry date) and connect it to the monitor. Ensure to turn on the flow to
the meter.
3. After a sensor has been selected, the display shows Apply X Gas and will
wait for the gas to reach the sensor. When the calibration gas has reached the
sensor the display will show calibration in progress. 60 with the
countdown timer showing the number of remaining seconds while the monitor
performs calibration.
At times the sensor will not acknowledge that a span gas is being used. The
display will show: "No gas Flow" and request whether the calibration should
be aborted. Press "N/-" to abort or "Y/+" to attempt the calibration
manually. In some cases, the sensor will recognize the gas on a manual
calibration and will calibrate as normal. After calibrating, the meter will give a
reading in ppm (or ppb for tVOCs) which should ideally be very close to the
span gas value. If the value given is not within an acceptable range (>0.2 for
most sensors, >1ppm for others based on concentration
of span gas) then the calibration should be redone until an appropriate value
is obtained.
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Note: the reading should be very close to the span gas value. After about five
seconds pause, the display will show the message Span Cal Done! Turn Off
Gas.
4. This completes the single gas calibration procedure for one sensor. The
display shows the single gas calibration sub-menu for a user to select another
sensor or move to next calibration sub menu.
5. Turn off the gas flow. Disconnect the calibration adapter from the MultiRae
monitor.
6. Repeat steps 1 to step 5 to calibrate the next sensor.

5.2 At the Job Site


1. Turn on the meter by pressing the holding Mode for five seconds. Allow the
meter to warm up and stabilize for approximately five minutes.
2. Locate the predetermine areas and assess them to determine representative
positions to place the meter.
3. After the meter has stabilized, it should be placed in an appropriate location
along with a CARIRI sign. The meter should be placed away from air condition
vents, fans and doorways or high traffic areas. It should be place within
working height for example on a desk.
4. Press Mode on the meter until "Start Datalog" is found. Press Y/+ to begin
logging.
5. Allow the meter to log for fifteen minutes and record the relevant information
on the MultiRae field data sheet.
Note: Extra points should always be taken to compensate for any errors
which may occur during monitoring.
6. To stop logging, press Y/+ again where prompted.
7. Repeat sampling method for additional points as predetermined by
walkthrough and work scope

5.3 Return to Office


1. It is the responsibility of the equipment user to update the MultiRae folder
with the relevant log in information upon return to the office.
2. The technician is responsible for downloading the data onto the computer and
generating the tables. If the data is not downloaded, the instrument should be
marked as 'to download' before it is used on another job.
3. The meter should be returned to its designated storage area and placed to
recharge.

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5.4 Downloading of Data
1. Connect the data cable to the MultiRae and the computer. Press Mode on the
MultiRae until "Enter Communication Mode" is found. Press Y/+ when
prompted until the MultiRae enters communication mode.
2. Open the ProRAE Studio II Program, and select Administrator.
3. Enter the password rae and press Enter
4. Click Operation followed by Auto detect, and select the device from the pop
up list. Subsequently, click Receive Data
5. A new window is opened with the newly received logged data. To save the
data, select File Save As and save to a specified job folder. Always save in
appropriate folder and label "Save As" file with the Serial Number of the
meter being downloaded.

5.5 Removal/Replacement Of Sensors

1. Ensure that the meter is switched "OFF"


2. Using the Flat MultiRae screwdriver, remove the back casing of the MultiRae
3. Disconnect the Battery
4. Use the Forceps/Tweezers to slowly remove the sensor being replaced
5. Take the desired sensor and place it into the empty slot. Ensure that the pins
align and that the sensor is not forced into the MultiRae.
6. Re-connect the battery and re-seal the back casing of the Multi-Rae
7. Ensure that removed sensor is stored in a container and placed in the
designated area for the sensor type
8. Turn MultiRae on and accept default limits where applicable by pressing Y/+.
Note that when sensors are replaced, the MultiRae MUST be calibrated for that
sensor before it is used in the field.

6.0 QA/QC

Always use the external filter/water trap.


Replace when it is any colour other than white.
Typically when MultiRAE is in pump alarm with the filter on, the alarm can be
cleared by removing the filter.
Perform a fresh air calibration in an area clear of all VOCs and toxic gases.
Alarms
o OFF display along with a 3 beat/second audible/visual alarm indicates that
LEL sensor has been exposed to too much gas and has shut off to protect
the sensor. Move the meter to clean air and press the Y/+ key to reset.
o NEG display along with a 1 beat/second audible/visual alarm indicates that
VOC sensor has drifted negative (below zero) because the sensor was

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zeroed in an area containing VOCs. Perform Fresh Air Calibration in an area
clear of all VOCs.
o Pump display along with 3 beep audible alarm indicates that pump has
stopped due to line clog. This is a latching alarm; Clear line/filter and press
Y/+ key to clear alarm and restart pump.
o A flashing Bat display along with a 1 beep alarm every 10 seconds
indicates that the battery voltage has dropped below 4.35 V and it will shut
down in 20-30 minutes. Quickly complete testing and charge MultiRAE or
install alkaline battery.
o A flashing MEM display along with a 1 beat/second audible/tactile/visual
alarm indicates that the datalog memory is full. Clear datalog in Change
Datalog? If you get this alarm you might want to consider changing. Select
memory full type? to Wrap around.

User safety

The MultiRAE will provide audible and visual alarms to alert users to unsafe
conditions (according to preset limits).
It is extremely important to note that during the following conditions the alarm
signals are disabled:
When entering the Communicate with PC? standby mode.
When entering the Calibrate Monitor menu
Alarms -
o High display along with 3 beat/second audible/visible alarm and flashing
display backlight indicates that VOC sensor (PID) has exceeded the high
alarm set point.
o Low display along with 2 beat/second audible/visual alarm and flashing
display backlight indicates that Oxygen sensor has gone into low alarm (less
than 19.5% Oxygen default). Press Y/+ key to clear if latching alarm.