Upskilling Staff to Keep Things Safe and Secure

With 60 years of experience in handling X-ray equipment, we are uniquely positioned to provide training courses for staff engaged in X-ray activity. Our programmes cover every aspect of mailroom security, from identifying hazards to operating machinery.

The aim of this Suspect Package Training course is to educate and inform staff about modern day terrorist threats in incoming mail and front of house operations. It is designed to equip attendees with the necessary skills for intelligent suspect package recognition and subsequent risk management.

Key Learnings

  • Threat assessment, profile of a terrorist and typical methodology
  • The different types of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
  • Threat – A general overview of the current threat, threat levels and how they may affect business
  • Recent and historical postal attacks
  • Recommended actions to be taken upon the discovery of a suspected IED
  • Information required by the emergency services
  • Recommended actions to be taken upon discovery of suspected CBR devices or materials
  • Specific information regarding a CBRN incident required by the emergency services
  • Method of attack – potential methods and types of devices
  • Effects of explosives – this can assist clients with determining evacuation procedures
  • Prevention and detection measures

Who should attend?

  • Staff with responsibility for risk management, contingency planning, facilities management or security management, including front of house staff and security personnel
  • Staff tasked with the responsibility for handling incoming mail from postal operators or private carriers, such as front of house staff, post room staff, security personnel, receptionists, internal messengers, secretaries, personal assistants and porters

Radiation Protection Training – Employers have a responsibility to restrict exposures to all staff working with or near an X-ray device.

To ensure robust management of radiation safety, it is prudent to appoint one or more individuals as Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS).

This course will equip your RPS (Radiation Protection Supervisor) with a good appreciation of radiation risk, focusing on practical measures for protecting operators and staff.

As the RPS you receive formal training in your duties and a good appreciation of the radiation risk. The training is pitched at a suitable level for those new to the subject, focusing on practical measures for protecting operators & staff.

If you attend this training course, you can rest assured that you understand and are able to implement best practice in order to demonstrate that your organisation has taken all reasonable precautions to protect the welfare of your operators and employees.

Key Learnings

  • The duties of the RPS for ensuring on-going safety
  • The nature of the X-ray hazard, the magnitude of the operational risk, the controls and safety features built into the device
  • Ionising radiations: Types of radiation; radioactive decay; units of activity; half-life; energies; sealed sources; radiation; X-ray scanning equipment; properties of the radiations – by demonstration
  • Radiation dose and effects on health: Dose quantities and units; background exposures; benchmarks of dose; immediate and long term effects on health; statutory dose limits and the ALARP principle
  • Principles of protection: Time, distance, shielding; the ‘inverse square law’; duties given to the RPS for ensuring both regulatory compliance and optimal radiation safety in the use of the Todd Research postal scanner
  • Management of radiation safety: Protection of persons by the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 with reference to Todd Research postal scanners

Who should attend?

  • At least one person in the mailroom, facilities management or security who is responsible for the safe functioning of your X-ray scanner
  • Anyone who has responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of the people in your organisation

Operator training usually takes place immediately after installation and commissioning or during annual service visits by our engineers. It is an interactive session conducted on the machine and lasts approximately 30-45 minutes.

Operator Training – Key Learnings

  • Basic operation of the unit
  • Special features i.e. image enhancement tools
  • Guide to identification of suspect packages
  • “Actions” on finding a suspect package
  • Regulatory compliance – Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017 (IRR17)
  • Health & Safety
  • Fault finding
  • Contacting Todd Research

Who should attend?

  • All mailroom and security staff that use the X-ray scanning equipment on a regular basis.
  • All nominated users should be trained, ideally in groups not exceeding 8 people.

Please note, this training is not a substitute for our Suspect Package Training Course. It is an introduction on how to use the machine and its capabilities.