National Institute for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Protection

National Institute for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Protection

National Institute for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Protection The National Institute for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Protection (herein after the SUJCHBO or the institute) is an ISO-certified public research institution with more than 50 years of experience in safety and security related issues at national and international level. Its main activity is research, development, education and training in the field of protection against CBRN agents, including validation of technical means performance in CBRN environment and monitoring of persons under extreme conditions.

CBRN testing for the defence industry

Three specialised departments (chemical, biological and radiological protection departments) with accredited laboratories and an explosive testing facility constitute the core part of the institute. The SUJCHBO is a holder of all relevant licences and permits, making it possible to handle otherwise prohibited chemical and biological agents or toxins and to test their impact on various appliances and systems.

The institute is capable of providing, inter alia:

  • Consultancy for legal and natural entities
  • Development and execution of accredited and non-accredited tests
  • Behavioural studies and validation of various models and processes
  • Complex military or security-related systems testing in operational conditions in CBRN environment

The institute supports Czech and foreign companies, and offers the services and/or facilities described below to the respective institutions, manufacturers, experts, consultants, and/or end users.

Laboratory testing of equipment

National Institute for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological ProtectionThe main specialised laboratories (aerosol-radon chamber, toxicological laboratory, BSL3 and BSL4 laboratories) enable the evaluations of:

  • Calibration of determined measuring instruments, irradiation, experiments with and studies of radioactive aerosols
  • Sorption capacity and resistance time of protective filters and materials
  • Resistance of personal protective equipment to liquid toxic agents, decontaminants, gas-resistance and performance of portable devices in a CBRN environment
  • Sensitivity and selectivity of detection equipment
  • Effectiveness of portable decontamination devices and decontaminants

Monitoring of persons under extreme conditions

Monitoring of persons under extreme physical, psychological and climatic loads can be provided in an accredited laboratory, modelling the conditions in different climatic zones and/or in various working environments. The laboratory can also be utilised to facilitate development of protective equipment and for computerised evaluation of microclimatic conditions. The following parameters can be pre-set in the chamber of 33m³ volume:

  • Temperature ranging from -35°C to +70°C
  • Relative humidity 0-100%
  • Wind speed 0-5.5m/s

Radiating heat can be simulated additionally.
Testing and examination is focused on:

  • Medical selection of the individuals capable to perform strenuous work under extreme climatic conditions and/or their adaptation to the pre-set parameters
  • Monitoring of persons wearing personal protective equipment and their behaviour under long-term work load
  • Evaluation of personal protective equipment and other devices.

Complex military or security-related systems testing

The most important experimental building is an airtight multipurpose large-scale testing facility integrated into the existing research infrastructure of the institute. Its basic role is to perform the survivable testing and validation experiments of versatile defence and security-related systems, testing of the effects of chemical agents, pathogens, toxins and alternatively radioactive material in sealed containment chambers under operational circumstances. Technological capabilities of the facility and acquired experience with its application are described in the Special Report of the Global Business Media.

SUJCHBO, v.v.i.
Kamenna 71
262 31 Milin
Czech Republic

Tel: +420602249905
Fax: +420318626055

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