National training course on “Nuclear or Radiological Emergency Preparedness and Response” was held on 19th – 21st December 2018 at Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Regulatory Council (Council). The purpose of this training was to provide the participants, with information of emergency preparedness and response during radiological or nuclear emergency, on how the Council coordinate with other relevant agencies during radiological emergency as a national warning point and to introduce the drafted National Nuclear or Radiological Emergency Management Plan (EMP). The participants consisted with representatives from stakeholder agencies and category 1 users. The participated organization are as follows;

  • Sri Lanka Coast Guard
  • Department of Police
  • Special Task force
  • Department of Meteorology
  • Municipal Fire Department
  • Sri Lanka Navy
  • Sri Lanka Air Force
  • Sri Lanka Customs
  • Sri Lanka Ports Authority
  • Airport Aviation Sri Lanka Ltd;
  • National Water Supply & Drainage Board
  • Sri Lanka Airlines Ltd;
  • National Aquatic Resource Research & Development Agency (NARA)
  • Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA)
  • Government Analyst’s Department
  • Central Environment Authority
  • Sri Lanka Army
  • Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board
  • Apeksha Hospital, Maharagama
  • Ansell Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, Biyagama
  • Provincial General Hospital, Badulla
  • Teaching Hospital Karapitiya

36 participants were attended to the training. Mr. Anura Jayasinghe, Chairman of the council and Mr.Anil Ranjith, Director General (DG) of the Council were attended the inauguration session and DG delivered opening remarks giving importance of having these type of awareness programme to implement the EMP. Lectures were conducted by trained officers of the Council, Dr. Sugandhika Perera (Ministry of Health) and Mr. Prasad Mahakumara, Director (Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board). Fruitful discussion was held among the stakeholders regarding the Emergency Management Plan. Further, table top exercise was held during the training course. The covered area of the emergency preparedness and response are as follows

  • Introduction to radiation, units & quantities used in radiation protection
  • Legal framework and requirements of the Act for nuclear and radiological emergency
  • Introduction of nuclear and radiological accidents
  • Introduction of national emergency response plan and the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders
  • Training and exercises in emergency preparedness and response
  • Emergency monitoring methods and equipment
  • Medical response during radiation emergencies
  • International cooperation
  • Arrangements during non-radiological consequences
  • Waste management
  • Protective actions ad generic criteria used during nuclear or radiological emergency
  • Use of PPE and decontamination methods
  • Main task of emergency responders and requirements for emergency workers
  • Table top exercise on transport accident