The European level first CBRN standard has released in end of year 2014. This Technical specification were translated into Finnish this summer. On 6th of October held Society’s Safety Standards – seminar, were CBRN – Vulnerability Assement and Protection of Peole at Risk published.
CBRN – Vulnerability Assement and Protection of Peole at Risk CEN/TS 16595:2013
This Technical Specification (TS) on CBRN vulnerability assessment, awareness and management provides a common frame of reference and recommends methodologies to assess the vulnerabilities of citizens, first responders and other assets to an ‘all-hazard’, i.e. natural, incidental or intended, exposure to hazadous substances. These hazadous substances could be Chemical, Biological or Radiological (the latter forming the hazadous part of Nuclear, together abbreviated to CBRN). CBRN agents can cause significant direct and indirect damage to persons, livestock, vegetation and environment as well as disrupt the system of products and services we need to sustain our daily livelihoods, i.e. our ‘Critical Infrastructure’.
This TS can be used as a starting point for further risk and vulnerability assessment and for guidelines on the many issues surrounding a CBRN incident. It is intended for any organisation involved or interested in CBRN, both in the private sector and for public authorities.
More information of TS 16595:2013: CBRN Haavoittuvuuden arviointi ja ihmisten suojaaminen riskeiltä -esitys
Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Authority, STUK, awards a new significant four years framework contract to Environics Oy for radiation detection equipment program. Environics won the contract after international tendering phase, the value of contract is approximately 1,6 million euros.
The framework contract includes different types of portable and mobile radiation detection equipment and reachback data transfer solution developed by Environics. The new equipment will be delivered to the Finnish customs, which together with STUK is responsible authority combating against illicit trafficking of radiological material in Finland.
Environics’ portal radiation monitoring systems are already in use at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport, couple of harbors and border crossing stations in Finland. This new radiation detection equipment program will significantly improve Finnish nuclear security architecture.
The metro in the Helsinki metropolitan area will be extended to the west from Ruoholahti via Lauttasaari to Espoo in two phases. In the first phase, there will be eight new stations, and five more will be included in the second phase. The metro will operate on a rail line of 21 kilometers underground in two parallel tunnels.
The construction of the first phase of the west metro will be completed at the end of 2015, and operation will begin in the autumn of 2016. The entire line will be completed in 2020 at the earliest
These new metro stations will be having a dual use function as they are designed serve as an underground shelters for civilians. TEMET is the selected supplier of the protective equipment for many of these stations.
More info about the Länsimetro-project can be found at: http://www.lansimetro.fi/en/home.html
The main problem within the area of CBRNE is the fragmentation. Considerable and complex problem are encountered in aligning the differing public and private interests and strategies, the wide range of stakeholder categories involved, and the different thematic areas that fall within the acronym of ‘C-B-R-N-E’. It is very difficult, but not impossible to standardize CBRN trainings in international level. For instance the term ‘standardization’ was taken by many to mean ‘standards’ – instead of the standardization ‘process’, which includes not only ‘standards’ but also other publications such as ‘technical specifications’, ‘guidelines’, ‘workshop agreements’, ‘best practices’ etc. The national will and commitment is the foundation of all international standardization.
This article were presented in Intenational Disaster-14 congress in Istanbul, Turkey. Read the acticle here.