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Steven Pike

Steven Pike

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Argon releases the Handheld Radiation Monitor Simulator (HRM-SIM)

Written by Steven Pike on 22-Oct-2021 09:15:00

A huge hurdle to giving military personnel and emergency first responders radiation training is accurately and realistically simulating a radiological emergency.


Solving the puzzle: The HazMat Guys use Argon’s sims in an escape room

Written by Steven Pike on 15-Oct-2021 09:00:00

Bryan Sommers, Argon Electronics’ North American Business Development Manager, first met the HazMat Guys in early 2021. He was invited onto their podcast to discuss HazMat training and to listen to their feedback on the demonstration he provided for two of Argon’s latest radiation simulation technologies—the RadEye Sim and the RadSIM GS4 gamma radiation source.


CBRN Defence Science Course at Cranfield University from 11–22 October

Written by Steven Pike on 08-Oct-2021 16:15:00

Cranfield University is the Academic Provider to the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. 

It is currently offering a course in CBRN Defence Science, which is the only one of its kind in the UK. Students will learn about Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) defence from leading academics and military experts at state-of-the-art facilities. 


NCT Europe 2021

Written by Steven Pike on 04-Oct-2021 10:23:28

Europe’s leading and largest event for emergency services personnel, NCT Europe 2021, will take place between 5–7 October 2021. The event is part of the globally recognised NCT event series organised by the CBRNe Society. IB Consultancy originally hosted the event, but today it closely assists CBRNe Society and is in charge of the logistical organisation.


What are the key features of an effective multi-gas simulator?

Written by Steven Pike on 23-Sep-2021 09:15:00

Monitoring the air for oxygen levels, toxins and combustibles is an essential skill in ensuring the health and safety of first response personnel when operating in confined space environments.

Often the risk posed by these types of spaces will be immediately obvious - such as when conducting a rescue within a storage tank, silo, sewer or enclosed drainage system.

Occasionally though, the risk may be less apparent - for example if working in an open-topped chamber or a poorly ventilated room.


How to achieve powerful learning outcomes with CBRN simulator training

Written by Steven Pike on 22-Sep-2021 12:26:25

Chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) incidents, by their very nature, are deliberate and malicious acts designed to invoke harm or fear through an intentional attack or threat. 

While such events remain thankfully rare, when they do occur there is the vital need for a robust and decisive response.


A guide to the UK Emergency Services Show 2021

Written by Steven Pike on 31-Aug-2021 13:00:00

The UK’s leading event for emergency services personnel, the Emergency Services Show, will take place at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC)  on the 7th and 8th of September 2021. 

This year’s live event will include a specially curated seminar programme together with an exhibition of the latest technologies, services and training systems available to the emergency services sector.


How hands-on gas detection training can enhance industrial safety

Written by Steven Pike on 24-Aug-2021 13:00:00

Industrial-based incidents that occur within confined space environments can pose a substantial safety hazard due to the heightened chance of personnel being exposed to toxic gases.

As several recent workplace accidents have highlighted, the risk applies both to the victims and to those who are tasked with the role of emergency response.


Realistic radiation safety training with the RDS-100 SIM 3-Probe set

Written by Steven Pike on 10-Aug-2021 13:00:00

One of the biggest obstacles to delivering effective hands-on radiation training is finding ways to safely and realistically replicate the conditions of a real-life radiological emergency.

Whether your students are training in the logistics of radiological reconnaissance, learning about the effects of shielding or inverse square law or practicing the principles of safe demarcation, it is hugely important that the realities of the live radiological environment are not underplayed or misconstrued.


Mitigating the effects of chemical incidents in industrial settings

Written by Steven Pike on 03-Aug-2021 13:00:00

Chemical incidents that occur caused by leaks, explosions or fires in industrial settings can have significant consequences for both human health and the environment.

Building and maintaining an understanding of the key principles governing the regulation of chemicals is a core skill for businesses and personnel involved in the supply, distribution or use of hazardous chemicals, as well as for those working within the context of local authorities and emergency planning.