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Radiological Incidents and Dirty Bombs: Overview

Newrisk Limited is available to advise organisations and governments on radiological incidents and dirty bombs.

Newrisk Limited and its principal adviser, Dr Leivesley, have previous experience in advising organisations and governments on radiological incidents and the threat of contamination arising as a result of a dirty bomb. Dr Leivesley trained as a Scientific Adviser with the Home Office and undertook further studies in Advanced Radiobiology for this work.

Since 2011, Dr Leivesley has undertaken extensive research on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident (arising as a result of the earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011). Extensive research into the daily risks to the affected region and to Tokyo from the release of radiation from the nuclear power plant accident has provided a basis for analysis of the potential effects of radiation from dirty bombs on major cities with important international financial roles. Papers will be forthcoming (throughout 2012) on the Fukushima effect and the lessons for the protection of populations, halting secondary radiation contamination of the environment and critical infrastructure as well as recovery from future severe nuclear incidents that may arise from terrorist acts or international conflicts. For further details on Newrisk Limited's specific expertise on Fukushima, please click here.

For previous lectures, conference papers, workshops, publications and commentary on radiological incidents and dirty bombs, please click here.

To request Newrisk Limited's assistance in connection with a radiological incidents and dirty bombs, or to discuss a tailored package of services, please contact Newrisk Limited directly.

Other Areas of Expertise

Newrisk Limited's areas of expertise cover the preparation for, and response to, catastrophic and extreme risk events as well as major incidents and business continuity.

Dr Leivesley is, on behalf of Newrisk Limited, ideally qualified to provide advisory services to organisations and governments and her practice background, publications, presentations and media are listed under the following areas of expertise:

Audit Assurance Risk Aviation Expertise Biological Expertise Catastrophic RiskCBRNE Expertise Chemical Threats Continuity Planning Expertise Criminal Justice Expertise Cyber Security Expertise Defence and Policing Disasters Expertise Education Expertise Emergency Services Expertise Explosives Incidents Financial Threats Expertise Insurance Expertise London in 2012 Nuclear Incidents Reputation Management Expertise Risk Management Expertise Terrorism & Security Expertise Transportation Security Expertise

To request Newrisk Limited's assistance in connection with any of these areas of expertise or to discuss a tailored package of services, please contact Newrisk Limited directly.


Sally Leivesley



  • Terror 2017
  • Cyber 2017

New dangers are appearing from terrorism for the UK & other countries after the failed Parsons Green underground rail bombing.  Greater public preparedness is now important on what to do in an imminent emergency whether arising from bombs, knives, car ramming or shootings. Workplace training & exercising will help many commuters & will be transferred by them to their families & importantly will encourage parents to discuss emergency evacuations & procedures with any children who travel unaccompanied to school each day.   Newrisk Limited which is a founder member of The Exercise Group7 LLP, (TEG7) is now part of the team providing 14 bespoke courses to mitigate risk from cyber & terrorism & to develop greater awareness of protection under catastrophic risk events.   The TEG7 team work is built up from former military specialist skills & institutional cyber operations skills (www.teg7.co.uk).

Individuals can be encouraged to make their own personal protection plans to empower themselves for any unlikely emergency from terrorism so that they are quickly able to recognise an incident & protect themselves & people close-by to the best of their ability.  Personal plans may include understanding what may be seen or heard or smelt when in proximity to a threat, what materials in clothing give better durability in certain threat situations & what the timelines are for the best chances for survival & mitigation of injury & shock.  Psychological issues in the aftermath of a high threat incident are also important for awareness & self-help & seeking professional help is possible also in these upsetting situations when there has been a near death experience.

Personal information data loss from 400,000 British citizens has been reported by Equifax alongside 143 million Americans in an incident identified in September.  These large data losses provide the criminal world - as well as nation states that use hackers as proxies for defence & commercial information - with the means to undertake identity theft & to attack individuals & companies in many different ways.  Personal history details remain the same throughout life & passwords are frequently used across different areas of activity so that hacking of this scale inevitably exposes the workplace as well as the individual.

Newrisk Limited as part of the TEG7 (The Exercise Group 7 LLP) training initiative, is providing cyber risk mitigation & catastrophic risk training for companies & governments world-wide.  The TEG7 team work is built up from former military specialist skills & institutional cyber operations skills (www.teg7.co.uk). There are 14 courses designed for cyber & physical security to be managed in an integrated format along with an understanding of the extreme threats which are difficult to recognise but which threaten the sustainability of operations.