There is a great deal to choose from when sourcing HazMat training equipment. While this seems like it can be beneficial for instructors and team leaders, ultimately it can be challenging and confusing to wade through all of the options available.
With that in mind, we’ve narrowed down ten HazMat training products which will not only benefit your students, but also deliver significant returns on investment.
We used our simulation training expertise to accurately emulate the look and feel of Mirion’s real detector. In fact, our user interface components, including front and top displays, indicators, sounder, and vibrator are exactly the same as the actual detectors, we even incorporated the radar mode and wireless interfaces.
Our AccuRad-SIM responds to Radsim electromagnetic sources that safely simulate ionising radiation. This effectively eliminates regulatory, environmental, and health and safety concerns for you and your students. It also opens up the ability to use the simulation sources anywhere, in the open or within buildings.
→ Learn more about HazMat training2. RadEye GF-10
Our relationship with ThermoFisher, combined with our own simulation experience, has led to the development of the RadEye series of training simulators which are extremely close to that of the actual detectors.
Like the AccuRad, the RadEye GF-10 SIM responds to Radsim electromagnetic sources that safely simulate ionising radiation. The simulator enables you to create scenarios with highly realistic simulation of the shielding effects of different materials. Its configurable menu settings allow you to work with inverse square law, dose, and dose rate alarm settings. It allows for consistent, repeatable performance, wherever and whenever you want.3. HRM
Working with Sensor Technology Engineering, we’ve developed an HRM series of training simulators which allow you to practise radiation detection including neutrons without the use of dangerous radiological materials.
The HRM-SIM replicates the self-contained gamma-ray and thermo neutron radiation detector for use in the interdiction and localization of nuclear materials. It is so realistic that students can practise the effect of user body shielding to determine source position, enabling you to ensure that in emergency situations, survey teams have experience with this important concept.
→ Learn more: An Introduction to HazMat Training
If you’re looking to train for Canberra/Mirion ADM 300-series radiological survey missions, you’ll definitely want to consider the ADM-300 SIM. Your team will have access to a detector with the same look and feel as the real thing, without the need to involve any ionising radiological sources.
It responds to safe simulation Gamma and Beta contamination sources and can be used to demonstrate effective shielding with different materials, including (but not limited to) glass, wood, and concrete. For larger scenarios, the ADM-300 SIM is compatible with our wide-area PlumeSIM real experience training system.
Alongside ADM300A-SIMs’ ability to simulate both GM detectors, safe simulation Beta sources can be used to simulate contaminated PPE. Our decontamination controller then allows you to simulate the effect of both partial and full decontamination.
→ Discover more: HazMat safety, regulations and scenarios in hazmat safety training scenarios5. RDS100/PDR77/CDV718 Safety Training Probes
Used with your own meter, this Alpha, Beta and Beta Gamma 3-Probe simulator set is a training system that enables your students to experience the operational features of real Mirion / Canberra probes, without the associated radioactive materials or regulatory constraints.
This kit comprises three simulation probes for use with the real RDS100/PDR77 and CDV 718 meters:
- BG-SIM-P for training in the use of the Beta Gamma Probe
- A-SIM-P for practising Alpha contamination monitoring.
- B-SIM-P to practise Beta contamination monitoring.
This simulation probe kit allows you to safely teach critical search, reconnaissance, sentry, survey and decontamination skills, alongside the practical understandings of shielding and inverse square law.6. UDR13/14 Simulators
Our collaboration with Mirion/Canberra has resulted in a high fidelity radiological dosimeter simulator which incorporates the menu structure and software processing of an actual UDR series dosimeter. The UDR 13/14 simulators maintain all detector functionality, permitting dose management training without the need for a real radiological source.7. RADSIM 44-9-SIM Radiation Safety Training Probe Simulator
Instructors looking to train with contamination monitoring with Ludlum’s 44-9 GM pancake-type detector should consider the RADSIM 44-9-SIM. This versatile simulator detection probe enables your students to experience Ludlum 44-9 GM’s operational features without the need for real radioactive materials or sources. It responds to safe magnetic sources that simulate short range alpha or beta radiation, opening up to the possibility of training in a wider variety of locations, including within public buildings.
Instructors can safely and effectively teach survey/location and decontamination skills when and where they want. Additionally, an instructor remote controller is provided in order to simulate the effects of partial or complete decontamination, or to simulate probe failure.
If you’re looking to train with Smiths Detection LCD3.3 and LCD3.3FR, (known as M4A1 JCAD within the US Military), Argon’s LCD 3.3-SIM may be right for you. This tool is ideal for HazMat simulation training exercises, with the same menu structure as the actual detector (including certain language options), and cumulative dose and dose alarms.
Additional features include the realistic effect of wind direction and temperature. It also simulates depletion of sieve packs and batteries, and user changeover of sieve packs. This tool not only simulates the real detector, but it also monitors and reports correct use of the instrument.9. AP4C Chemical Hazard Detection Simulator
The AP4C-SIM detector simulator, built for training for the Proengin AP4C,
responds to safe electronic sources that simulate chemical vapours and toxic industrial substances. With this simulator, you can avoid using simulants which can harm the environment, detectors, and health, while still building practical knowledge of HazMat response. Furthermore, Argon’s powerful simulation hazard platform enables you to replicate orthogonal detection based upon flame photometry and ion mobility spectrometry.
AP4C-SIM simulates response to all substance channels, including explosive atmosphere, and responds to electronic environmentally friendly simulation sources. The low cost of ownership – no preventative maintenance, regular calibration, or consumables are required – makes this a strong return on investment for any HazMat instructor looking to train with the Proengin AP4C.10. MultiGAS-SIM Simulator
This innovative approach to implementing Multigas training operates on an Android smart device, which is attached to the MultiGAS-SIM interface module. A bluetooth connection between the Android mobile and MultiGAS-SIM interface allows the device to respond to independently deployed Long Range Vapour Source (LRVS) simulation gas emitters.
The LRVS simulation gas emitters are easy to use and programmable to represent a wide variety of hazardous substances and scenarios, most notably the depletion of oxygen measured by the O2 sensor.
These training tools can significantly improve CBRN and HazMat training learning outcomes. The ability to ensure Real Experience Training wherever and whenever needed with realistic measurements is extremely valuable for most training scenarios.
Argon’s simulators are constantly evolving and we are always creating new ranges of learning technology which can help responders achieve Real Experience Training. To learn more about HazMat training, including an overview of definitions, download our Guide to HazMat Definitions, Regulations, Risks, and Scenarios.