Creating realistic training opportunities that replicate the invisible threat of radiation is an ongoing challenge for CBRNe and HazMat instructors worldwide.
While most radiation detection instruments are fairly simple to use, the skill lies in ensuring that trainees understand the significance of their detector readings in as life-like a setting as possible.
So what is the best process to ensure that radiological incident instructors can prepare their students for the powerful and potentially devastating consequences of exposure to radiation?
In a recent project, Steven Pike, Founder and Managing Director of UK-based company Argon Electronics, has been collaborating with industry experts to create a guide to best practice in radiation safety training, which is now available to download as a free eBook.
The eBook includes a discussion of the desired outcomes for radiation safety training and provides examples of the types of scenarios to train for (including radiopharmaceutical, industrial radiography, civil nuclear facility and acts of aggression.) It also offers an overview of the effects of ionizing radiation, it includes a description of the equipment required for live incident radiation detection and it provides an examination of the potential benefits of electronic simulators for radiation safety training.
While exposure to high levels of radiation is not something we can expect to encounter in everyday life, in the case of a major radioactive event, whether it be an accidental release or a deliberate act, the key is to be able to respond with confidence and speed.
As the eBook highlights, combining realistic, safe and repeatable training exercises with an opportunity to work with life-like instrumentation, has a vital role to play in ensuring effective learning outcomes.
Argon Electronics was established in 1987 and is recognised as a world leader in the development and manufacture of hazardous material detector simulators within the fields of military chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense.
Its simulators have applications from civil response to unconventional terrorism and accidental release, with a growing presence in the nuclear energy generation and education markets.
Argon Electronics was established in 1987 and has since become a world leader in the development and manufacture of hazardous material detector simulators, most notably in the fields of military Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) defence. Our simulators have applications from civil response to unconventional terrorism and accidental release, and international treaty verification, with a growing presence in the nuclear energy generation and education markets.
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