Safe or Suspect – Recognition of Suspect Postal Devices, X-Ray Image and IED awareness Training

Train2Protects postal device screening courses have been designed to help post room, security staff, or other personnel with a responsibility for dealing with mail or baggage, to identify safe or suspect packages and items and take the appropriate actions on a find.

X-ray of IED
X-ray image of possible IED

Postal device screening training can be provided to both novice and experienced mail screeners:

Postal device screening

Initial course: 1 day course providing an awareness to students who may have, or may not have already received basic x-ray scanner operation training but have little or no previous knowledge of the threat from Postal devices, letter bombs or suspect packages.

Refresher course: 1/2 day course providing an awareness to students who have already received x-ray scanner operation training and may or may not have previous knowledge of the threat from Postal devices, letter bombs or suspect packages.

Clients can modify the training package to meet their requirements regarding the items being screened (mail, baggage, etc).

Course Content

  • The Threat
  • Improvised Explosive or Incendiary Devices (IED/IID’s) and recognition of their component parts
  • Non lethal threats including non explosive devices containing items such as razor blades and hypodermic needles and prohibited items
  • Chemical and biological devices, often referred to as white powder
  • Actions required to be taken on discovery of a suspect package
  • Effects of explosives
  • Postal device recognition
  • Health & safety
  • Interpretation of X-ray images

Train2Protect can also assist in the development of procedures if required. The course also revises the operation of an x-ray scanner and covers the interpretation of x-ray images.

Throughout the course, students are shown and have the opportunity to see and touch inert replica postal and other explosive and non-explosive devices, component parts and weapons. The course can be extended if required to meet the requirements of non x-ray machine trained personnel with extra time.


Due to the nature of the course and the requirement for an operational scanner, cabinet or conveyor, this course is currently only available at client sites.

This course can be delivered at a time to suit you, we offer courses 24/7 with no additional costs for out of normal hours or weekend training.

Course Booking

To book a course and check availability or for further information, please call, email or click here to contact us.

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