CBRN / HazMat Training Blog

How to make radiation safety training easier and more effective

Written by Steven Pike on 23 May 2018

A key objective for HazMat and CBRNe instructors is to be able to devise realistic radiation safety training opportunities that replicate the challenges and conditions of live incidents.

There are a variety of key skills that you may well want to be able to observe and assess in your radiation safety training exercises, including:

  • Their understanding of critical search, reconnaissance, survey and location skills
  • Their comprehension of inverse square law
  • Their knowledge of isodoserate mapping, shielding and safe demarcation
  • Their understanding of contamination, cross-contamination and decontamination

Hands-on training exercises can offer an invaluable opportunity to test your students' ability to read, interpret and accurately convey the information from their survey meters.

And wherever possible, these training exercises should enable you to mimic the complex physical and psychological challenges that your trainees are likely to face in real-life radiation events.


A guide to 6 simulator detectors for use in realistic CWA training

Written by Steven Pike on 17 May 2018

Electronic simulator detectors can be used in a wide range of chemical warfare agent (CWA) exercises to create realistic, hands-on training experiences for police, first responders and the military.

Unlike other traditional forms of CWA training that may rely on the use of live agents or simulants, simulator detectors and their electronic sources offer the advantage of offering compete safety for trainees, their instructors, the environment and the general public. 


How to conduct safe CWA training for incidents in civilian areas

Written by Steven Pike on 03 May 2018

One of the primary goals of chemical warfare agent (CWA) training is the ability to be able to ensure operational readiness in the event of a terrorist related threat or deliberate act of aggression.

The challenge though is to provide realistic, hands-on training opportunities that offer the highest degree of authenticity for the trainees while at the same time preventing any risk to the general public, to the environment or to the participants themselves.

So what options exist that enable instructors to create realistic CWA training scenarios which safely and accurately reflect the conditions of incidents in civilian locations?


What are the challenges of decontamination of chemical warfare agents?

Written by Steven Pike on 27 Apr 2018

The environmental impact of incidents involving Chemical Warfare Agents (CWAs) can be long-lasting and requires meticulous and expert decontamination by chemical operations specialists.

The clean-up process also takes considerable time, as has been evidenced in the case of the Novichok nerve agent attack in Salisbury, UK in March 2018.

Nearly two months after the incident, a total of nine key sites connected to the attack remain under guard behind high-security barriers while they await specialist decontamination.


The threat of cyber attacks on industrial HazMat safety

Written by Steven Pike on 25 Apr 2018

Major industrial hazardous material (HazMat) incidents are thankfully rare. 

However, with the many thousands of highly toxic chemicals currently in commercial use worldwide, there is the ever-present risk of release - whether it be due to an accident, or as the result of an intentional act of aggression.


How to provide realistic HazMat training for the detection of CWAs

Written by Steven Pike on 17 Apr 2018

Chemical warfare agents (CWAs) are often imperceptible to the senses, they can be extremely fast acting and they are highly toxic in even the smallest of quantities, with the potential to cause mass casualties.

The effects can be immediate or delayed, depending upon the type of agent used, the method and duration of the exposure and the concentration of the chemical agent.


How to create realistic and safe HazMat training scenarios

Written by Steven Pike on 28 Mar 2018

For those tasked with HazMat safety instruction, the desire to implement realistic, efficient and cost-effective scenarios always needs to carefully balanced against ensuring the highest levels of safety.

As we have explored in previous blog posts, HazMat safety training can range from the simplest of “make-believe” exercises through to what is widely considered the pinnacle of live-incident training - Live Agent Training (LAT).


A guide to six must-visit CBRNe and HazMat Exhibitions in 2018 

Written by Steven Pike on 26 Mar 2018

Argon Electronics will be exhibiting our wide range of award-winning electronic simulator training systems at a variety of high-profile international CBRNe and HazMat exhibitions throughout 2018.

In this blog post we provide an overview of where and when you can meet us and our representatives, what you'll be able to see, and how you can schedule an appointment for a more detailed discussion with a member of our team.


Training first responders for the challenges of nerve agent attacks

Written by Steven Pike on 15 Mar 2018

As the recent Chemical Warfare Agent (CWA) attack in Salisbury, United Kingdom, has demonstrated all too clearly, the deliberate use of toxic substances as a weapon of terror, presents a risk not only to the intended victim or victims but to the public at large and to the specially trained hazmat safety teams charged with responding to the incident.

The challenge for first responders in such scenarios is to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of a deliberate act of chemical warfare, to neutralize and dispose of the threat and to make the area safe - a process that requires balancing with the need to preserve evidence.


4 essential features of electronic simulators for radiation training

Written by Steven Pike on 01 Mar 2018

Any exposure to ionizing radiation brings with it a degree of risk.

So for those tasked with emergency response, it’s crucial that they are able to handle the unique challenges of radiation incidents with confidence, a mindfulness of their personal safety and a thorough working knowledge of their detector equipment.