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Title: Methodology for Assessing Radiation Detectors Used by Emergency Responders

Abstract

The threat of weapons of mass destruction terrorism resulted in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security deploying large quantities of radiation detectors throughout the emergency responder community. However, emergency responders specific needs were not always met by standard health physics instrumentation used in radiation facilities. Several American National Standards Institute standards were developed and approved to evaluate the technical capabilities of detection equipment. Establishing technical capability is a critical step, but it is equally important to emergency responders that the instruments are easy to operate and can withstand the rugged situations they encounter. The System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) Program (managed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Grants and Training, Systems Support Division) focuses predominantly on the usability, ergonomics, readability, and other features of the detectors, rather than performance controlled by industry standards and the manufacturers. National Security Technologies, LLC, as a SAVER Technical Agent, conducts equipment evaluations using active emergency responders who are familiar with the detection equipment and knowledgeable of situations encountered in the field, which provides more relevant data to emergency responders.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Security Technologies, LLC
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE - National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
926263
Report Number(s):
DOE/NV/25946-115
TRN: US0804121
DOE Contract Number:  
DE-AC52-06NA25946
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Health Physics Society 52nd Annual Meeting; Portland, Oregon; July 8-12, 2007
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; DETECTION; HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING; MANUFACTURERS; NATIONAL SECURITY; PERFORMANCE; RADIATION DETECTORS; RADIATION PROTECTION; RADIATIONS; SECURITY; TRAINING; VALIDATION; WEAPONS; assessment, detection equipment, SAVER

Citation Formats

Piotr Wasiolek, and April Simpson. Methodology for Assessing Radiation Detectors Used by Emergency Responders. United States: N. p., 2008. Web.
Piotr Wasiolek, & April Simpson. Methodology for Assessing Radiation Detectors Used by Emergency Responders. United States.
Piotr Wasiolek, and April Simpson. Sat . "Methodology for Assessing Radiation Detectors Used by Emergency Responders". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/926263.
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abstractNote = {The threat of weapons of mass destruction terrorism resulted in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security deploying large quantities of radiation detectors throughout the emergency responder community. However, emergency responders specific needs were not always met by standard health physics instrumentation used in radiation facilities. Several American National Standards Institute standards were developed and approved to evaluate the technical capabilities of detection equipment. Establishing technical capability is a critical step, but it is equally important to emergency responders that the instruments are easy to operate and can withstand the rugged situations they encounter. The System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) Program (managed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Grants and Training, Systems Support Division) focuses predominantly on the usability, ergonomics, readability, and other features of the detectors, rather than performance controlled by industry standards and the manufacturers. National Security Technologies, LLC, as a SAVER Technical Agent, conducts equipment evaluations using active emergency responders who are familiar with the detection equipment and knowledgeable of situations encountered in the field, which provides more relevant data to emergency responders.},
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