Training for the prevention and preparedness of HAZMAT (hazardous materials) incidents is paramount to ensuring safety of emergency responders and potential victims in an exposed environment.
HAZMAT substances may be released as liquids, solids, gases or a combination of all three, including vapors, mist and smoke and the presence of a HAZMAT substance may be barely perceived unless one is trained in recognition and identification.
What Does HAZMAT Smell Like?
SensoryCo technologies provide training realism for natural disasters, terrorist incidents, chemical spills and gas leaks by “filling the blank space”. Our smell generators, smoke generators and spray systems provide olfactory and visual cues that would otherwise not be present in digital simulations or live training environments. Our odors, malodors, vapors, sprays and smoke can be orchestrated to overwhelm participants or simply provide information that is critical to the decision-making process. For example, a faint smell of a specific gas or vapor triggering early deployment of SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus).
Odors and Malodors
SensoryCo has developed a library of replicated HAZMAT smells to expose trainees to odors and malodors found in disaster-related situations. Releasing simulated smells into the atmosphere using aroma generators allows trainees to make informed decisions based upon the characteristics of each scent and modify and re-enforce behavioral responses based upon previous encounters with the same smell.
ScensoryCo provides a full line of chemical odors such as chlorine gas, nitric acid, sulfur, and natural gas while vapor and smoke systems can mimic gaseous releases or create whiteout conditions.
Examples of atmospheric effects used for HAZMAT training include:
Smells: ammonia, nitric acid, chlorine, red phosphorus, gasoline, WMD variations.
Smoke effects: burning chemical storage facility, railway fire, confined space whiteout, smoking tanks.
Sprays and vapors: low lying chemical vapors, leaking drums, de-contamination, chemical sprays.
To view or download a PDF with a more comprehensive list of aromas, click here.