The wristbands are made of silicone, and are like the silicone wristbands often sold by charity groups to raise awareness for a cause. The wristbands go through a cleaning process to remove background contaminants and then we add reference compounds to help us with the analysis once the wristband has been worn and returned.
You wear the wristband like you wear a bracelet. It can be worn outside, in the shower, while cooking food, sleeping, etc. We do ask that you avoid applying lotion or personal care products to the wristband. Watch our video “The Passive Sampling Wristband” to learn more.
Pick it up and put it back on! We will provide a form with the wristband where you can document any direct spills or drops onto wristband.
Yes! The wristband can detect indoor and outdoor air quality.
Depending on the damage (small tear, etc.), you may still be able to wear it without harming the ability of the wristband to sequester chemicals. Give your study coordinator a call and they will be able to advise you.
The wristband is sensitive enough to detect measureable levels of chemicals in a few hours. You can also wear the wristband for an entire week to get an average weekly exposure.
For the wristband to work, it must have access to the air, and should not be covered beneath your clothing. If your work requires long sleeves/gloves that cover up the wristband, the wristband can be pinned to your shirt during work hours but should be worn as a wristband the rest of the time. We do have a lapel configuration, as shown here.
The color does not matter. Currently we have many colors: solid orange, solid orange-and-white, swirled orange-and-white, white, clear, bright green, pink, dark green, black, white-and-blue. (Pink not pictured)
Yes! We also have passive water and sediment samplers as shown here. Learn more at the Food Safety and Environmental Stewardship Program website.