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How to Use Nuclear Training Equipment to Its Full Potential

Written by Steven Pike on 07 February 2023

Correctly utilising nuclear training equipment can be a challenge, especially when navigating things like safety considerations, budget, and instrument calibration. 

Whether you’re looking to improve your team’s ability to assess alarms and their threat statuses or to effectively prevent the release of a radiological dispersal device (RDD), knowing how to use the equipment safely and correctly can make a significant difference in the ability to identify and prevent a radiological incident before it becomes a public hazard. 

In this article, we will take a look at some best practices to consider when using nuclear training equipment, including planning, details on equipment currently in use, and how to solve common issues that arise during training.

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How to Create Realistic HazMat First Responder Training Scenarios

Written by Steven Pike on 02 August 2022

The term ‘major incident’ is a broad one and is widely ascribed to any event where there is a loss of life, a serious injury or substantial damage to property or the environment.


What are the core requirements of wide area CBRNe training?

Written by Steven Pike on 21 March 2019

When you are required to conduct wide area emergency preparedness training - be it in the setting of a CBRNe school, a dedicated military center or an industrial facility - the ongoing challenge for any CBRNe instructor is to be able to create a scenario that is realistic, safe, reliable and cost effective.

Trainees need to be equipped with the practical knowledge and skills to respond with confidence to an enormous variety of potential live incidents. And each threat brings with it a unique set of practical, physical and psychological tasks that need to be 'experienced' in order to be understood.


Key facts about the CBRN Exhibition 2018

Written by Steven Pike on 11 June 2018

Argon's award-winning instrumented CBRNe exercise systems PlumeSim and PlumeSIM-SMART will be among the array of innovative technologies available to see live in action at the fifth annual CBRN Exhibition in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, this June.

Visitors will also be able to view Argon's range of simulators for the Smiths Detection M4 JCADandM4A1 JCAD chemical agent detectors - as well as a selection of simulation probes for the Canberra/MirionAN/PDR-77, AN/VDR-2andRDS100 radiation detection systems.


Avoiding industrial accidents – why compliance is important

Written by Steven Pike on 20 December 2016

Major technological or industrial accidents are thankfully relatively rare. However, when an incident does occur it can have devastating consequences.

Just recently, a factory worker died following an accident in a Northampton factory where ammonia leaked into the air. He inhaled the colourless gas that was used as refrigerant to cool down the site and production process, resulting in deadly burns and swellings in his airways. 22 more people, including brewery workers, firefighters and Police Officers, had to be treated in hospital.


Incident training – traditional vs. simulation based training

Written by Steven Pike on 16 December 2016

As part of their quest to reduce the number of reported industrial incidents, plant operators and official bodies are focussing extensively on regulations and compliance to do everything they can to eliminate the risk of potentially serious incidents occurring. However, if an incident does occur it is crucial for all staff to have the skills and knowledge required to understand and handle the outcome of an accident.  Training is key here and this is where the challenge lies: How can organisations replicate real-world situations, without actually releasing hazardous agents into the environment?


The importance of managing risk, training and training exercises

Written by Steven Pike on 09 December 2016

Thankfully, serious industrial or technological accidents are comparatively rare, with the number of major reported incidents in Europe decreasing steadily from 48 in 2010 to just 3 in 2015.

This trend, however, doesn’t mean that industrial and technological companies can become complacent when it comes to training and preparing for a potential emergency incident – far from it.  By definition, when a major incident does occur, it will almost inevitably have devastating and long-lasting social, economic and environmental consequences. 


CollaBoRatioN in CBRN

Written by Steven Pike on 26 June 2014

With growing risks emerging from regions under conflict that have vanishing or no borders at all, collaboration when it comes to CBRN knowledge and training is becoming vital.

Nowhere will collaboration be more important than in the Gulf and Middle East. With instability spreading out from Iraq into Syria and Iran, it’s key that nations and defence bodies communicate to ensure their response to potential CBRN events are swift and successful.


Simulation training for every eventuality

Written by Steven Pike on 28 May 2014

With the World Cup fast approaching, it has become a race against time for Brazil to have all the stadia and infrastructure ready for when the first match kicks-off on June 12th.

Although the competition itself is sure to be a momentous event, the emergency services will have to be prepared for every eventuality, from crowd trouble to terrorist attacks.


The future is so bright…

Written by Steven Pike on 24 March 2014

The UK Government recently announced that it was planning a new elite college to educate a new generation of nuclear engineers. The college is quoted as being “an important step forward for the UK and its nuclear future.” The announcement states that the forecasted nuclear new builds will create 40,000 jobs in the UK during its peak, though many employers in the industry are recording skills shortages, especially in engineering.