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

At the invitation of CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Nuclear and radiological) unit of Sri Lanka Army, 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 Army, Vavuniya on 15th & 16th October 2018. Workshop included lectures, table top exercise and field exercise in radiological incident response.

The lectures were conducted by Mrs. K.G.K.U. Gamage and Mrs. C.S. Herath, Scientific Officers who have trained for emergency preparedness and response procedures at the Council. Mr. W.W.R.L. Medis, Scientific officer assisted to conduct table top exercise and field exercise. They also conducted demonstration of use of the radiation survey instruments. Participants were very interactive and participated in discussion actively.

A field exercise was based on “Radiation source search” and “Decontamination process” using simulated radiological accident. All participants were attended for the above two exercises while Council instructors provided the guidance to perform the exercises. It was a very successful session that all the participants obtained an experienced of real time scenario.

This is one of the collaborative programme under Emergency Preparedness to provide training to first responders as the lead technical organization responsible for management of nuclear or radiological emergencies.

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

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At the request made by the Naval & Maritime Academy, Naval Base, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Regulatory Council (Council) conducted an educational course for 20 Engineering Mechanic Sailors who are currently following a ‘Nuclear, Biological,Chemical Defence, Damage control including firefighting advanced cource at NBCD school of Naval and Maritime Academy, Trincomalee. As per the above request, the Council conducted one day educational course on 09th October 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 to obtain details of activities of the Council. Officers of the Council made presentations on basic radiation physics, biological effects of radiation, radiation sources used in Sri Lanka and security of them, emergency preparedness and response and application of nuclear technology. A demonstration of radiation measuring instruments and practical exercise on use of instruments for radiation & contamination measurement were also conducted.

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At the request made by the Sri Lanka Air Force, Colombo, Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Regulatory Council (SLAERC) conducted an educational course for 49 trainee fire fighters of Air Force. As per the above request, SLAERC conducted one day educational course on 06th September 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 to obtain details of activities of SLAERC. Officers of the SLAERC made presentations on basic radiation physics, biological effects of radiation, legal framework and 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. 

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Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Regulatory Council (Council) participated in the above exhibition by arranging a stall to provide knowledge for students who are following A/L science stream, and to the people who are working in industrial and medical field of ionizing radiation and for awareness of the general public in X-ray images used for disease identification and safety of ionizing radiation.

In the Council exhibition stall, exhibits were displayed and posters were used to educate the above personnel on activities conducted by the Council.

Exhibits displayed at Council stall included

1. Model to explain basics of ionizing radiation and measurements of radioactivity & shielding effects

2. Radiological emergency equipment

3. Instruments used for physical protection of high activity radioactive sources

4. Methods for reduction of doses to workers.

During the exhibition students & public were able to get knowledge on regulatory control programme established in Sri Lanka, measurement of radiation, radiation shieldings, X-ray machines and their safety features, use of measuring equipment in case of radiological emergencies and physical protection instruments used for security of high activity radioactive sources. 

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