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Radiation monitoring workshop in Chernobyl exclusion zone

Thermo Fisher Scientific - (Radiation Monitoring) : 02 July, 2009  (Technical Article)
Thermo Fisher Scientific has held a radiation monitoring techniques training course in Ukraine near the former nuclear power facility at Chernobyl
Radiation monitoring workshop in Chernobyl exclusion zone
Thermo Fisher Scientific has announced that its Radiation Measurement and Security Instruments (RMSI) business has completed its 12th annual radiation monitoring techniques training course outside Kiev, Ukraine, and within the vicinity of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The seminar and workshop, held from May 31 to June 6, 2009, was designed to provide participants with the latest guidance on environmental, source, personnel and equipment monitoring in case of a nuclear or other radiological emergency.

The training program was arranged by Thermo Fisher Scientific, in cooperation with the European Centre of Technological Safety (TESEC), based in Kiev. About a dozen attendees from Bahrain, the UAE and the Czech Republic took part in the training, using advanced Thermo Scientific radiation detection devices, as well as some of their own monitoring equipment.

"The workshop-seminar in Ukraine was an extremely valuable training vehicle," said Detlef Peters, RMSI sales manager, "because it enabled participants to practice and learn radiation monitoring techniques under real conditions, while also appreciating the teamwork required to perform accurate and safe radiological measurements. We were pleased to collaborate with TESEC in this important, and critical, exercise." The select group of students in the workshop were taught the principles and practices of dosimetry with a focus on dose surveillance and contamination measurement.

The session's field exercise segment took place in the Exclusion Zone which is the 30-km (19-mile) area surrounding the site of the Chernobyl nuclear power reactor that experienced a major radiological disaster in 1986. Although the zone is contaminated, it is protected against unlawful trespassers and is safe to enter for training or other scientific purposes, as long as normal protective clothing is worn and standard rules for radiation safety are followed.
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