Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear & Explosives

From consulting, sourcing, and supplemented with a comprehensive life cycle service program, Concept Controls is a growing force in the CBRNe Detection market.


Concept Controls is proud to represent innovative CBRNe solutions to the Canadian marketplace. From consulting, sourcing, and supplemented with a comprehensive life cycle service program, Concept Controls is a growing force in the CBRNe Detection market. Whether it is portable, fixed, or integrated platforms, we are able to provide solutions for our Canadian military, CBRNe, Hazmat, and related agencies. Trust Concept Controls to take the guesswork out of finding the right protection you need. With our access to the most trusted and recognized brands, customers enjoy peace of mind when choosing Concept Controls.

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The rapid identification and qualitative and quantitative determination of the unknown agent is necessary for the selection of adequate protective measures (protective masks and clothing as well as medical treatment), the mapping of contamination area and decontamination procedures. For onsite verification, especially involving chemical weapon agents, several handheld detection devices are available, including:

  • Three Color Detector paper
  • Residual Vapor Detection Kit
  • Water Poison Detection Kit
  • Chemical Agent monitors


  • Ion mobility spectrometers (IMS)
  • Gas chromatograph (GCs)
  • Differential Optic Absorption Spectrometry (UV-DOAS)
  • Electrochemical sensors (EC)

How We Can Help

From handheld portables to dedicated standoff detection platforms, Concept Controls is the consultant of choice. We have a comprehensive Chemical detection offering which includes tried and true technology, along with newer innovative solutions. Whether the need is for a personal detector, area/event protection, or platform mounted detection systems, Concept Controls has the knowledge, experience, and sourcing networks to provide the best experience for our customers. Further, Concept Controls is an entirely Canadian company that supports international partners to meet and exceed ITB sourcing mandates. 

A confirmatory test is required only when the presumptive test report is positive for the substance. It then confirms the substance’s identity or measures the percentage purity or other quantitative analysis.


Biohazards represent an important issue in the field of security, both for the destructive potential and the psychological, economic and social impact that the use of biological agents for biowarfare could have on populations. Early identification of an intentional biological event is essential to ensure correct management and response to the emergency.


Point-detection systems may be specific or non-specific, depending on their ability to discriminate a definite biological agent once the analysis is performed. Non-specific detection systems are only able to determine if a biological agent is present, without providing any identification. On the other hand, specific point-detection systems are able to return an identification of the biological agent.

Non-Specific Point-Detection Systems

  • Particle sizers
  • Fluorescence based systems
  • Viable particle size samplers (impactors)
  • Virtual impactors
  • Specific Point-Detection Systems
  • Molecular biology techniques (PCR)
  • Flow cytometry
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Immunoassay technologies


With biochemical and immunological-based analyses, the identification and enumeration of specific microbial contaminants in environmental samples has been improved. Generally, biochemical assays rely on substrates and computer-assisted analysis; immunoassays center on specific antigen-antibody recognition. When used sequentially with culture-based assays, specificity is increased. However, the analysis time is prolonged. Advances in nonculture-based immunoassays have improved specificity and sensitivity. Detection and identification of microorganisms has been improved by advanced biotechnology-based methodologies.

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Standard PCR involves using two unique primers to produce a single amplification DNA product. Multiplex PCR uses several sets of primers to produce multiple amplification products thereby increasing the specificity when the products are diagnosed. Reverse transcriptase PCR is used to detect ribonucleic acid (RNA) by generating a cDNA copy of the nucleic acids in a single-stranded RNA for the first cycle. The cDNA is then used as a template for successive PCR cycles.


Every year a significant amount of radioactive sources disappear, are found or are stolen. Smuggling of radiological or nuclear material is becoming more and more frequent. Hospitals, medical science, lighthouses, power plants and industry all use different types of radiological sources. Every day the nuclear power plants create nuclear waste, which has to be handled and stored. Opportunities for the material to become misplaced, stolen or a container to leak because of and accident are numerous. Even a small amount of radioactive material can be used in a dirty bomb, which effects will be extremely harmful to the infrastructure or a misplaced source can cause serious danger as the symptoms appear few days after exposure.

In the time of radiological threat, like nuclear accident or a dirty bomb, the keys to minimizing the effects are accurate detection and fast response. These are achieved by performing a sufficient amount of measurements with the correct instruments to ensure early warning.

A good mobile measuring system is able to perform measurements while moving. A better system can analyze the results in real time. The analysis must be fully automated, reliable and able to transfer the key findings to a remote operations center. The crew must have good interactive tools for the fast review of any suspect finding produced by the detectors.

Common types of wearable dosimeters for ionizing radiation include:

  • Film badge dosimeter
  • Quartz fiber dosimeter
  • Solid state (MOSFET or silicon diode) dosimeter
  • Thermoluminescent dosimeter

A number of commonly used detection instrument types are listed below, and are used for both fixed and survey monitoring.

  • Ionization chambers
  • Proportional counters
  • Geiger counters
  • Semiconductor detectors
  • Scintillation detectors
  • Airborne particulate radioactivity monitoring
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Nuclear detection uses neutrons and photons in various ways. Because either neutrons or photons can readily penetrate most materials, they are the main forms of radiation used to detect radioactive material passively, such as by sensing radiation coming out of a cargo container. Gamma rays and x-rays can be used in an active mode to probe a container for dense material through radiography, which creates an x-ray-type image. Neutrons of any energy level, and photons above about 5.6 MeV, can be beamed into a container to induce fission in SNM. Fission results in the emission of neutrons and gamma rays, which can be detected.

These devices, about the size and shape of a pager, can detect radiation at close distance to alert individuals to the presence of elevated levels of radiation.


Many of these devices use large sheets of plastic scintillator material, such as PVT, to detect radiation coming from a vehicle.


These devices are typically hand-held. They have software that can identify a radioisotope by its gamma-ray spectrum.


These devices send high-energy photons through cargo containers to create a radiographic image of the contents. The radiograph is scanned, either automatically or by an operator, to search for nuclear weapons, contraband, stowaways, and other illicit cargo. While a nuclear weapon would show up as a white (or black) image on the radiograph and would be clearly visible if hidden in a shipment of low-Z material like food or paper, an operator might overlook it if it were in a shipment of other large, dense objects or jumbled items of various sizes and densities.


Respirators protect the wearer from inhaling chemicals and toxic materials. Without them, these hazards could have a devastating impact on the pulmonary and general health of workers. Simply wearing a mask, however, is not enough to ensure adequate protection. The mask needs to fit tightly but comfortably on the wearer’s face. To protect the wearer, the respirator needs to form a seal around the face to prevent the penetration of hazardous substances. 

Users can sometimes feel that the respirator has been loosened and that the seal is broken, but judging the fit by feel alone is unreliable. For best results quantitative fit tests should be performed at least once a year to ensure that the respirator continues to provide optimal protection.

A fit test should also be performed any time an employee undergoes a change that could affect how well the respirator fits on them. Gaining or losing a significant amount of weight, for instance, could affect the respirator’s ability to create a protective seal. Growing facial hair could also compromise the respirator’s fit, and major dental work could affect the facial structure enough to make a difference as well.


Quantitative fit testing uses a machine, such as the TSI PortaCount, to measure the actual amount of leakage into the facepiece and does not rely upon your sense of taste, smell, or irritation in order to detect leakage. The respirators used during this type of fit testing will have a probe attached to the facepiece that will be connected to the machine by a hose.


Respirator fit testing is about more than compliance with standards or about “checking the box” as quickly as possible, it’s about safety. Staff working in dangerous environments deserve the very best protection possible from a respirator. PortaCount Fit Testers deliver safety by utilizing the most effective quantitative fit testing method available to identify poor fitting masks.

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  • Fit Factor Customization
  • Fast effective fit testing
  • Run multiple fit tests in one session
  • Fit checks all respiratory masks

Simplify your fit test program with one consistent and objective fit testing experience across any respirator you use. SCBA masks, Air Purifying Respirators (APRs), and N95s for medical calls can all be fit tested with the PortaCount platform. 

Achieve a better respirator fit for more staff in less time. The PortaCount Fit Tester boosts your productivity by making the entire respirator training and fit testing process more efficient.


Selecting the right respirator is important. Ask yourself these questions to guide you in choosing the correct respiratory protection.

  • Level of respiratory hazard?
  • What are the possible contaminants?
  • Are the contaminants gas, particulates or vapour?
  • Duration of exposure?



EnviroCloud Live is a vendor-agnostic remote monitoring system that collects data from CBRNe field devices and brings the data online. Operational staff can view and analyze CBRNe data in real-time. The system allows agencies to receive reports and warnings for all chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear threats.

  • Collect data from chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear & explosive detectors
  • Works with any HSE and CBRNe devices from manufacturers such as RAE Systems, TSI, Rigaku, Environics, and Bertin
  • Interface with any CBRNe device without the need for deprecable custom integration hardware
  • Complete real-time monitoring system that works on desktops, tablets, and mobile devices
  • Aggregate data and information; display videos from surveillance cameras and thermal cameras along with CBRNe data
  • Secure system designed for military and other government agencies
  • Interchange reports to-and-from EnviroCloud Live and share CBRNe data across internal networks and external agencies
  • Warnings are sent via Voice, SMS, and/or Email to notify agencies when a threat is detected


EnviroCloud Live is compatible with all major CBRNe devices such as RAE Systems, TSI, Environics, and more. The system empowers agencies with a comprehensive monitoring solution that collects remote CBRNe device data into one place


EnviroCloud’s CBRNe solution is a complete turn-key system that collects data from CBRNe devices and serves the data to agencies through a web-based interface.


The EnviroCloud Live CBRNe System allows government agencies to use EnviroCloud Live as a complete standalone system, or use it as a data collection source for existing systems. The powerful API and Export Engines allow EnviroCloud Live to be easily integrated into existing systems and networks, allowing agencies to rapidly deploy a real-time CBRNe monitoring system.



EnviroCloud Live provides real-time data and chemical identification from Raman analyzers for emergency responders, law enforcement agencies, and the military.


Data from biosensors or biological detectors that detect biological agents such as viruses, bacteria, pathogens, and toxins can be collected and stored on EnviroCloud Live.


EnviroCloud’s CBRNe solution is a complete turnkey system that provides data collection, recording, and storage of data from any gas / explosive detectors.


EnviroCloud Live’s CBRNe remote monitoring allows connectivity to radiation detection devices, and serving real-time radiological data to agencies anytime, anywhere.


Nuclear detection devices deployed in the field can be monitored remotely through EnviroCloud Live. EnviroCloud Live can work as a standalone system, or can be easily integrated into existing systems.


Surveillance cameras and thermal cameras can be integrated into the EnviroCloud Live dashboard alongside CBRNe data, giving agencies a complete view of CBRNe incidents.


  • Can enable STANAG 4586 compliance
  • Customizable LOI (Level of Interoperability), specific to LOI 2 and LOI 3
  • Generate CBRN4 Alert Messages


  • VSM (Vehicle Specific Module)
  • DLI (Data Link Interface)
  • CCI (Command Control Interface)
  • Can aid in the development and implementation of Sensor Integration & Decision Support (SI&DS)
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