Ministry of Municipality and Environment to Organize a National Training Workshop on Radiation Metrics and Assessment of the Response to Radiation Accidents

Engineer Ahmad Muhammad As-Sadah, the Assistant Undersecretary of Environmental Affairs, His Excellency Brigadier General Hamad Ad-Dihimi, Secretary of the Permanent Emergency Committee and Director of the Civil Defense Directorate, Engineer Abdur Rahman Al Abdul Jabbar, Director of the Department of Radiation and Chemical Protection, some experts of the Nuclear Accident Policy and Relevant Cooperation of the National Department of Nuclear Security in the US Department of Energy and some representatives and officials of the Workshop participant bodies have attended the Workshop.

In the opening speech of the Workshop, Engineer Ahmad Muhammad As-Sadah, the Assistant Undersecretary of Environmental Affairs, has welcome the attendants and participants in the Workshop from the various Workshop participant bodies. He stressed that this Workshop targets the various emergency teams in charge of the radiation aspect, first responders, planners, managers, and law enforcement agencies in order to ultimately acquire an influential practical experience which enables them to be sufficiently prepared to demonstrate an acceptable response to radiation emergencies. He added that this Workshop is an evidence that the State of Qatar always pays attention to compliance with the international treaties and conventions which support international safety and security, conserve the human beings and the environment on the national, regional and international levels and guarantee that special nuclear materials and other radioactive materials shall not be smuggled to illegal entities.

He also added that the National Training Workshop on Radiation Metrics and Assessment of the Response to Radiation Accidents is a part of an initiative submitted by the Department of Energy in the United States of America offered as an integrated training program for five days. The program has been divided on the classroom level to lectures and presentations and on the practical level to a hands-on exercise for two days. Various courses on the response to radiation emergencies by using real radioactive materials and radiological detection devices to present and clarify the requirements of radioactive response such as the provision of qualified human resources, technological capabilities, pre-accident planning, planning during the accident, management of the accident site, and communication with the command and control center as a national center for managing public emergencies.

Source: Ministry of Municipality and Environment