At the invitation of CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Nuclear and radiological) unit of Sri Lanka Air Force, Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Regulatory Council conducted a workshop on nuclear and radiological emergency preparedness and response for officers of CBRN unit at Sri Lanka Air Force, Katunayake on 11th and 12th June 2018. Workshop included lectures, table top exercise and field exercise in radiological incident response.

The lectures were conducted by Mr. K.K.P.I.K. Kadadunna, Deputy Director/National emergency Coordinator and Mrs. K.G.K.U. Gamage, Scientific Officer who has vast experience on emergency response procedures and first responder duties. Mr. W.M.D.M. Piyarathna, Scientific officer assisted to conduct table top exercise and field exercise. He also conducted demonstration of use of the radiation survey instruments. Participants were very interactive and participated in discussion actively.

A table top exercise and a field exercise on “real time response to radiological emergency” using simulated radiological accident was conducted. All the participants were divided into several response groups and all performed their role and Council instructors provided the guidance to perform the exercise. It was a very successful session that all the participants obtained an experience of real time response to emergency. This is an example for assistance given by the Regulatory Council to train stakeholders in Sri Lanka as the lead technical organization responsible for management of nuclear or radiological emergencies.

At the end of the second session a discussion was held to discuss the outcome of the training.

 

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At the request made by the Naval and Maritime Academy, Trincomalee of Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Regulatory Council (SLAERC) conducted an educational course for trainee engineering mechanic sailors of Navy. As per the above request, SLAERC conducted one day educational course on 24th April 2018 from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm. The purpose of this course was to enhance their knowledge on Radiation and Nuclear Technology and observe the activities of SLAERC. Officers of the SLAERC made presentations on basic radiation physics, biological effects of radiation, legal framework basic requirements of SLAERC Act & regulations, emergency preparedness and response and application of nuclear technology. A demonstration of radiation measuring instruments and practical exercise were also conducted. 18th trainee engineering mechanic sailors were participated.

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At the invitation of Sri Lanka Air Force, Sri Lanka AERC conducted a workshop on nuclear and radiological emergency preparedness and response for officers of Sri Lanka Air Force Fire School, Katunayake on 29th March 2018. Workshop included lectures and field exercise in nuclear and radiological incident response related to Fire response group.


The lectures were conducted by Mr. K.K.P.I.K. Kadadunna, Deputy Director/National emergency Coordinator and Mr. H.J. Premakumara, Scientific Officer who has most experience on emergency response instruments and first responder duties. Participants were very interactive and participated in discussion actively.


Evening session, a field exercise on “real time response to radiological emergency” was conducted. All the participants were divided into several response groups and all performed their role and Council instructors provided the guidance to perform the exercise. It was a very successful session that all the participants obtained an experience of real time response to emergency.


At the end of the second session a discussion was held to discuss the outcome of the training.

His excellency Mr.Yukiya Amano, Director General of the IAEA has officially visited Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Regulatory Council on 15.03.2018. A Special function Was held at the Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Regulatory Council (Council) with participation of all SLAERC & SLAEB staff members on that date to honour the Director General of IAEA. The State Minister of Power & Renewable Energy Hons. Mr.Ajith.P.Perera and Dr. Suren Batagoda, the Secretary of the Ministry also attended to this special occasion. Mr.Lakshitha Jayawardane, Chairman of SLAEB delivered welcome speech and explain the objective of this memorable occasion.

Mr.Anil Ranjith, Director General of the Council presented the regulatory infrastructure in Sri Lanka and he also stated that the future assistance from IAEA required to develop the regulatory system in Sri Lanka. The State Minister also addressed the gathering and he thanked to IAEA for supporting Sri Lanka to development of nuclear technology in various aspects.

His excellency Mr. Yukiya Amano addressing the gathering stated that IAEA always cooperate with Sri Lankan authorities to development of the nuclear technology and also he stated that IAEA would support to SLAERC for achieving  future goals. Dr. Saman Hewamana , (Chairman of the council) delivered vote of thank to the gathering.

First stakeholder meeting for reviewing the draft National Nuclear or radiological Emergency Management Plan (EMP) was held on 02.02.2018 at SLAERC. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the drafted EMP and obtain views of the stakeholders of this EMP.

EMP was drafted by SLAERC as per mandated given in section 58(1) and (2) of the Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Act No. 40 of 2014. This EMP is necessary requirement as per the Disaster Management Act no 13 of 2005. Disaster Management Center (DMC) recognized SLAERC as the main technical organization in National Emergency Operation Plan (NEOP) to respond radiological emergencies occurred in Sri Lanka and Nuclear emergencies occurred in neighboring countries.

Representatives from following stakeholder agencies have been participated in the meeting and the fruitful discussion were held on emergency management plan.

  • Disaster Preparedness and response Division, Ministry of Health
  • Sri Lanka Coast Guard
  • Disaster Management Center
  • Department of Police
  • 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;
  • Import & Export Control Department
  • National Water Supply & Drainage Board
  • Sri Lanka Airlines Ltd;
  • National Aquatic Resource Research & Development Agency (NARA)
  • Government Analyst’s Department
  • Central Environment Authority
  • Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka
  • Sri Lanka Transport Board
  • Sri Lanka Army
  • Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board

Dr. Saman Hewamana , Chairman SLAERC attended the inauguration Session of this meeting and speak about his interest to establish the EMP.  Mr.Anil Ranjith, Director General, SLAERC attended the  inauguration  session and delivered opening  remarks giving importance of having this EMP. Mr. Prageeth kadadunna, Deputy Director responsible for drafting this EMP conducted introductory presentations on EMP and held the discussion. Fruitful discussion was held among the stakeholders regarding EMP. All were agreed to provide their comments within a month. After reviewing this EMP with the comments provided by stakeholders, SLAERC is planning to conduct a workshop with the participation of Incident Emergency Center (IEC) of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) expects to review the draft. Final draft will be submitted to Disaster Management Council for approval.

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