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Radioactive experts to train in `Orphan Source` recovery

16th July 2012
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TAEC Director general Prof. Iddi Mkilaha

 The Director General of Tanzania Atomic Energy Commisison (TAEC), Prof Iddi Mkilaha has underlined the need to focus and ensure strict and comprehensive strategic training for all management working with radioactive materials.

The TAEC top official was speaking over the weekend in Dar es Salaam at the conclusion of a five-day training course that, among other things consisted on the training on the safe retrieval of what is referred to as the Orphan Source, a self-contained radioactive source that is no longer under proper regulatory control.

The programme was organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and drew participants from different African countries. The risks behind orphan sources were emphasised and highlighted as potential causes of death or serious injuries to people and substantial damage to property.

He described the five-day training as ‘a good start’ in the context of producing competent experts capable of handling radioactive materials.

“…without formal orphan source search programmes, the search campaigns will not be done efficiently…” noted ATEC director.

He also called African countries to organise regular regional policy and management meetings on orphan source search programmes, observing that the current advancements in information and communication technology ease communication and information related to the problems.

Director General of Tanzania Industrial Research Organisation (TIRDO), Dr Ludovick Manege, expressed gratitude to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for facilitating the five-day programme, which he said would help to strengthen the country’s radiation protection and safety infrastructures.

In reference to the course, he said it has enabled the participants attain knowledge and practice necessary in orphan source searches and how to perform them in a comprehensive and safe manner.

The Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission (TAEC) was established by the Act of Parliament referred to as the Atomic Energy Act number 7 of 2003 and is mandated to among other things, Provide Regulatory and Radiation Protection Services and Promote peaceful use of nuclear technology in the country.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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