Ampel Probe (Item #AP-01)

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Custom Holster (Optional) (Item #TH-02)

Designed specifically for use with the Ampel Probe, this durable nylon and leather holster clips comfortably to most belts or easily on a vehicle's sun visor for convenient access.

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Why the Ampel Probe?

Today’s biological hazards in the workplace have become increasingly more dangerous than in years past. As diseases like HIV and Hepatitis reach epidemic proportions here in the US and around the world, health and safety concerns have taken center stage for law enforcement and other professions where sharps injuries are a concern.

The Ampel Probe is a highly effective hand held safety device designed to protect personnel from health hazards involved in handling harmful and/or infectious materials during individual pat downs, property and area searches. In this day and age, it is paramount for those in harm's way to assume whatever or whomever they may come into contact may be a carrier of a communicable disease.

What About Gloves?

These days, it is fairly common for professionals to use protective gloves, but gloves alone are not enough. While they may be a step in the right direction, protective gloves can prove to be merely a false sense of security. Even the most advanced safety gloves, such as the Kevlar enhanced models, are not 100% guaranteed to prevent a needle stick. Additionally, the thicker the glove the more likely they are to hinder the user’s dexterity and sense of feel, which are essential during a search. Moreover, once gloves are contaminated, they must be properly disposed and replaced. This can have a substantially adverse effect on a department's or organization's budget.

How is the Ampel Probe Different?

Deviating from the typical gloved protection methodology, the Ampel Probe has successfully combined the key elements of dexterity and tactile feedback and instilled them in a simple hand held tool. When implemented with proper procedure, the Ampel Probe acts as an extension of the users hand, providing critical stand-off distance and effectively protecting users against sharps injuries that may harbor deadly pathogens.

Due to the tool's design and composite makeup, the Ampel Probe offers sufficient dexterity for manipulating small objects and maintains crucial tactile feedback that is essential to successful task performance. The Ampel Probe has been proven to not only reduce accidental needles sticks, but it has been said to have literally eliminate them in some cases. This in turn lowers personnel injuries, subsequent downtime and many costs closely associated with such injuries, as well as, helps users comply with OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard 1910-1030 for handing contaminated items and sharps.

Cross contamination a concern? The problem no longer exists when using the Ampel Probe properly in conjunction with simple latex cots placed over the tips of the tool. Cross contamination of evidence during collection becomes a thing of the past. Evidence may be carefully retrieved and placed into a collection bag and the bag may in turn be used to remove the latex cots including them along with the evidence for submission.

Another great aspect of the Ampel Probe during individual pat downs, when following proper procedures, is that they have been proven to be an aid in reducing sexual harassment claims. Customer feedback has stated that when the user of the probe visually demonstrates on themselves while explaining how they will be using the tool to conduct an individual search (pat-down), the one being searched is less likely to feel apprehensive and violated as no one's hands will be touching areas they may deem inappropriate. This is especially useful for checkpoint security screening.

Lastly, regarding budgetary concerns, the Ampel Probe may be easily cleaned and disinfected with a simple bleach solution for reuse time and time again. It is a one-time line item purchase. Quite simply, the Ampel Probe has been proven to increase safety, reduce sexual harassment claims and lower costs. With so many uses in a variety of industries, doesn't it make sense to make the Ampel Probe a part of your arsenal in personnel protection?

The Bottom Line

By arming yourself with the Ampel Probe, you increase your safety while effectively getting the job done in a cost effective manner. Protect yourself... Protect your family... Get a Grip on Safety with the Ampel Probe. For more information on just how the Ampel Probe may benefit you, please contact us.

Here are some examples as to how the Ampel Probe is currently being used by corrections and law enforcement professionals to increase their level of hand protection :

Property Search

Bags, purses, backpacks and coats

Area/Cell Search

Under bunks to prevent injury from hidden sharps, toilets, trash bins/dumpsters, mattress flipping, seat cushions (surface & between)

Critical Path

Clearing areas at crime scenes

Vehicle Search

Between seats, patting down seat fabric to locate hidden objects sewn into the seat itself, glove box, under car mats, trunks, wheel wells and engine compartments

Individual Pat Down

Pat down individuals and their clothing (even areas soiled with blood, urine, fecal matter, etc.), strip search (clothing removal), contraband retrieval, and as a device to neutralize sexual harassment claims

Evidence Collection

Used in conjunction with latex cots for preventing evidence cross contamination

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Additional Features :
  • Easy to use by both left and right hand
  • Precision interlocking teeth securely grip objects
  • Heat resistant up to 325F (162.77C) degrees, non-conductive and non-sparking
  • Exceeds OSHA requirements
  • Lightweight and extremely durable
  • Low maintenance
  • Lifetime warranty
  • The power to control your safety

  • Technical Data :

    • The Ampel Probe is 12 inches (30.48cm) in length
    • Just under 3 inches (7.62cm) in width, closed
    • The Ampel Probe weighs 8.1 ounces (229.635 grams)
    • The holster weighs 0.6 ounce (17.010 gram)

    Nose :
    • Curved to allow easy access to any restricted area
    • Full 8 inches in length
    • Can reach objects in deep pockets quickly and thoroughly
    • Needle nose design is also beneficial for the delicate and firm handling of evidence

    Forceps or Jaws :
    • Capable of opening up to 4 inches (10.16cm) wide
    • Precision interlocking teeth ensure a secure hold on the object in question

    Handle :
    • Finger indented handle for easy gripping
    • Ampel Probe handle design allows the user to grip comfortably with either hand

    Spring :
    • Enables the Ampel Probe to be opened freely
    • The spring may be removed if the user does not want it

    Joint :
    • Gives the user plenty of leverage
    • Dexterity in grasping and releasing objects of various sizes and weights

    Product Material :

    High grade thermo-plastic material with high glass content makes the Ampel Probe extremely durable, heat resistant up to 325F (162.77C) degrees and vibration sensitive allowing the tool to "feel" objects under clothing and other heavy materials. The thermo-plastic is also a non-conductive and non-sparking material. This makes it the ideal tool for individuals that come into contact with electricity or that work with highly sensitive and/or flammable materials as it eliminates threats commonly associated with these situations.

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