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Are first responders sufficiently prepared for radiological incidents?

Written by Steven Pike on 29-Dec-2020 13:00:00

Major incidents involving ionising radiation are thankfully rare, but this can mean that many firefighters or first responders may have little or no first-hand experience of handling the challenges  of a real-life radiological emergency.

While the prospect of attending the aftermath of a deliberate radiological act such as the detonation of a “dirty bomb” is highly unlikely day-to-day, there are other less obvious examples of radiological hazards that may be overlooked in the course of attending what appears to be a routine event. 

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Addressing new and emerging challenges in nuclear emergency response

Written by Steven Pike on 24-Nov-2020 13:00:00

Radioactivity and natural sources of radiation are ever-present features in our environment, with radioactive substances playing an invaluable role in the development of global medicine, industry and agriculture.

The risk that exposure to radiation can pose to workers and the wider public however is something that must be continuously monitored and managed.

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Safeguarding critical infrastructure against radiological threats

Written by Steven Pike on 08-Oct-2020 13:00:00

Any incident that involves the use of a chemical, biological or radiological or nuclear (CBRN) material can pose a substantial threat to not just human safety but also to the viability of a country's commercial and governmental infrastructure.

While the historical record of CBRN emergencies involving radiological or nuclear materials has so far been thankfully limited, the risk of a "low probability, high impact" event is nonetheless very real and something that must be prepared for.

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How scientific innovation is bolstering radiological defence

Written by Steven Pike on 29-Sep-2020 13:00:00

Staying up to date with the science that supports radiological defence is a key priority for CBRN practitioners, whether they are operating within a military, civilian, governmental or research capacity.

While CBRN specialists will naturally be highly skilled in the subject areas that are directly relevant to their own area of focus, there can also be much benefit to be gained from expanding their knowledge base and in exploring new technologies.

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RaFTS poised to transform radiation training for emergency responders

Written by Steven Pike on 21-Sep-2020 13:00:00

The detection, location and prevention of illicit transportation of radiological materials is a vital factor in safeguarding communities and protecting critical infrastructure.

For law enforcement and first responders, the use of mobile radiation detectors and radiation detection portals are essential tools for the fast and accurate screening of potential radiation sources.

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Preparing CBRN specialists for the realities of radiological incidents

Written by Bryan W Sommers - SGM U.S. Army, Ret. on 08-Sep-2020 13:00:00

Maintaining operational readiness in the detection and identification of radiological and nuclear threats is a vital aspect of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) training, whether for the purposes of CBRN military defense, emergency management or nuclear safety and security.

The schooling is intensive, covering an array of practical, technical and scientific skills including reconnaissance detection, survey training, hazard plotting and the fundamentals of chemistry.

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The vital role of medical physicists in radiological emergencies

Written by Steven Pike on 21-Jul-2020 12:59:00

In the event of a nuclear or radiological emergency, prompt action by those working within the hospital environment can have a crucial role to play in protecting the health and safety of patients, staff and infrastructure.

Increasingly, there is the expectation that a hospital's medical physicist (MP) will be capable of stepping into a radiological emergency support role under the auspices of an Incident Command System (ICS).

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How simulator technology can enhance Civil Support Team (CST) training

Written by Bryan W Sommers - SGM U.S. Army, Ret. on 10-Jul-2020 13:00:00

Over the past decade, much effort has been focused on the creation of new technological solutions that support training in the prevention, detection and response to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) hazards.

In the US, the development of federally funded Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Civil Support Teams (CSTs) plays an invaluable role in supporting homeland defence by providing highly specialized CBRN identification, assessment, advisement and assistance during CBRN incidents.

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How to ensure optimum response to nuclear and radiological incidents

Written by Steven Pike on 01-Jul-2020 13:00:00

Whenever there is the need to respond to an incident that involves the release of an uncontrolled source of radiation, a critical objective will be to minimise the risk of unnecessary exposure.

Radiological incidents where there is the potential for a significant release of radionuclides are many and varied - whether it be a transportation accident, a fire within a nuclear fuel manufacturing plant, or a terrorist act that involves the use of a radiological dispersal device (RDD) or improvised nuclear device (IND).

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How can a wide-area instrumented system boost radiation hazard training?

Written by Steven Pike on 23-Jun-2020 14:18:28

In the event of a known or suspected radiation accident or incident, the speed of response will be a critical factor in maximising the safety and wellbeing of people and the environment.

Understanding the nature and the significance of the radiation threat is key.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) International Nuclear and Radiological Event Severity Scale (INES) provides an invaluable reference for radiological personnel by prioritising radiological incidents or accidents according to seven levels of severity.

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