Portable Chemical/Radiological Simulant Training Kit
Currently available chemical and radiological training kits do not fully meet the training needs for the CBRN community because many cannot be used on humans or lack the fidelity of the desired agent’s physical properties. Using compounds listed in the International Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, Clean Earth Technologies, LLC developed and tested a portable simulant training kit for use in decontamination exercises. The simulants are safe and non-toxic to the skin, and all ingredients are “generally regarded as safe and effective” per FDA guidelines. The chemical simulants mimic the relative vapor pressure and solubility characteristics of G, H, and V agents. Using the kit, responders learn how to engage in decontamination exercises, attend to victims, cordon off affected areas, and use a photoionization detector to identify contamination. Used with black-light illumination, a fluorescent taggant makes the simulant visible to the trainer, who can easily and effectively evaluate the trainee’s performance. The kit also includes a particulate simulant for radiological contamination that would result from a radiological dispersal device (or “dirty bomb”). The kit is available for ordering from Clean Earth Technologies, and additional information is available at www.trainsaf.com.