When called to investigate suspicious white powders, it is important for the first responder to maintain personal safety and to perform rapid test procedures in the correct sequence with the proper technique to ensure timely and accurate test results. The NIDS® Universal Training Assay (UTA) is a complete teaching toolkit for training first responders in the proper use of handheld assays (HHA) during unknown white powder events.
The UTA training kit provides both negative and non-toxic positive white powder simulant samples for use as unknowns in training scenarios. The trainee is first taught how to prepare a sample of the suspicious powder in an aqueous solution using a sampling kit included in the kit. The unknown sample is then added to a multiplexed handheld assay test ticket, where various combinations of positive responses are generated when run with the positive simulant powder sample. When tested with the negative powder, the results will always be negative. The expected results with the positive sample are encoded on each test ticket, decodable only by the instructor.
The UTA kit mimics exactly a real world scenario for a white powder event. Therefore, it is an ideal training tool for novice first responders to learn proper sample collection, preparation, and testing techniques using a HHA.