The Regional Training Course on the Security of Radioactive Sources was held on December 11 – 15 at the premises of the Institute for Global Nuclear Safety and Security (GNSSI) of Rosatom Technical Academy (Rosatom Tech).
The specialists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Tajikistan and Russia came to improve their knowledge on ensuring radioactive sources security. Mr René SCHLEE the Technical Officer of the course from the IAEA Department of Nuclear Safety and Security together with Mr Ahmed AL-SALMAN, Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission of Jordan, lead the course and provided a number of lectures on the related topics.
The purpose of the course was to increase participants’ understanding of the key IAEA guidance on the security of radioactive sources, the need to secure high activity sealed radioactive sources based on threats and the potential consequences of a malicious act, and the fundamental principles of security and their application to high activity radioactive sources.
A feature of the training process was a combination of lectures, working sessions, during which participants applied course concepts through practical exercises, and facility visit to the medical facility for PPS evaluation.
Such topics as Radioactive Sources and Their Uses, Understanding and Addressing the Threat Environment, Regulations for Security of Radioactive Sources, Security Management and Nuclear Security Culture and National Register and Import–Export Controls were discussed during the course. Participants were provided with demonstration lectures where systems of external and internal detectors in PPS were presented. The participants were divided into subgroups with objective to make a project with evaluation of a part of a real medical facility layout and making proposals for improving PPS. In order to reach the objective trainees determined interferences affecting the work of technical means of PPS and gaps in PPS with reference to the IAEA documents. At the end of practical classes each subgroup presented and defended their project in front of other trainees and group of international experts. A combined approach allowed participants to improve their practical skills in the operation of physical protection systems.