AFAN trains two officers from Nigeria

AFAN trainees with Dr. Amoako J. Amoako(left) and Ms. Edith A. Amoatey(right)

Two officers from the Nigeria Nuclear Regulatory Authority were trained in Accra, Ghana from the 1st to 4th July 2019 on the application of the National Dose Registry (NDR) software.

The NDR is a personnel dose management software developed by the National Institute for Radiological Protection of China.

The two officers, namely, Mr. Innocent Okporo and Mr. Umar Mustapha Garba were trained on the software by Ms. Edith A. Amoatey a Scientist of Radiation Protection Institute, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission while Dr. Joseph K. Amoako, the AFAN Secretary/Treasurer coordinated their visit.

Ten Points for RS Culture in HERT Sector

What constitutes a good approach to radiation safety culture?

The following points could be used to incorporate suitable questions into general inspection regimes, to develop metrics for inclusion in Standards, and to input into training at all levels. Each ‘Culture factor’ has a number of suggested performance indicators that might be used to assess it.

1. Engagement of Management

Senior management understand their role and responsibility in relation to radiation safety
There exists a clear management structure for radiation safety with link to Executive Board (or equivalent)
The radiation safety policy contains clear descriptions of management responsibilities and how these are audited
Evidence of clear communication between staff on radiation safety issues…..
These ten points for Radiation Safety Culture in HERT was proposed by IRPA, Task Group for RS Culture in HERT, Headed Prof. Peter Cole, Acting President of AURPO
Please if you have any comments or suggestions send to Dr. Francis Otoo, Member, IRPA TG HERT, (kwaotoo@yahoo.com or f.otoo@gaecgh.org).

The Regional Meeting on the Organization

The exercise was organized under the IAEA regional Technical Cooperation project on occupational radiation protection, RAF 9057 “Strengthening National Capabilities on Occupational Radiation Protection in Compliance with Requirements of the New International Basic Safety Standards”. The exercise was hosted by the Secondary Standard Dosimetry Laboratory (SSDL) in the Centre de Recherche Nucléaire d’Alger (CRNA); Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique (COMENA) of Algeria. 21 dosimetry systems from 19 Member States in the region participated in the exercise. Until today, the SSDL in Algeria has successfully hosted three consecutive regional intercomparison exercises in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

African Regional Intercomparison Exercise

The Regional Meeting on the Organization and Implementation of the National Dose Registry (NDR) was organized by the Government of Botswana through the Radiation Protection Inspectorate, in Gaborone, Botswana, 13-17

The SSDL of Algeria successfully

The Regional Meeting on the Organization and Implementation of the National Dose Registry (NDR) was organized by the Government of Botswana through the Radiation Protection Inspectorate, in Gaborone, Botswana, 13-17

The SSDL of Algeria successfully hosted the 2018 African Regional Intercomparison Exercise

The Working Group Meeting to review the results of the regional intercomparison exercise on individual monitoring in the African region, was held 25-27 February 2019 in the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

The meeting was attended by experts from Algeria, Ghana and Tanzania. The experts performed a review of the results of the regional intercomparison exercise, delivered guidance for future improvements in the area of individual monitoring for external exposure and proposed an action plan for future intercomparison exercises. After reviewing the results of the exercise, the experts concluded that the exercise was very successful and had reached its goal.

The objective of the exercise was to assess the capabilities of the dosimetry services in the region to measure the quantity Hp (10) in photon (gamma and X ray) fields, thus supporting participating Member States to achieve a more accurate dosimetry service and to provide MSs with guidelines to improve the performance of the existing dosimetry services.

The exercise was organized under the IAEA regional Technical Cooperation project on occupational radiation protection, RAF 9057 “Strengthening National Capabilities on Occupational Radiation Protection in Compliance with Requirements of the New International Basic Safety Standards”. The exercise was hosted by the Secondary Standard Dosimetry Laboratory (SSDL) in the Centre de Recherche Nucléaire d’Alger (CRNA); Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique (COMENA) of Algeria. 21 dosimetry systems from 19 Member States in the region participated in the exercise. Until today, the SSDL in Algeria has successfully hosted three consecutive regional intercomparison exercises in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

Individual monitoring for external exposure is one of the key elements in the country profile for occupational radiation protection. With the support of the Agency, many Member States have established dosimetry service laboratories. There is a strong demand from the Member States to strengthen the quality management system for the monitoring service. The regional intercomparsion exercise is an important approach to help the dosimetry service laboratories to check the status of their quality management system.

The experts proposed to have the next regional intercomparison exercise in 2020.

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