ISTC carried out online training on safe transportation of nuclear material in Southern Africa

On 15 September 2022, the final activity took place within the EU-funded Project Support to the Southern African States in Nuclear Safety that ISTC implemented in the last four years. That was an online course on the safe transportation of naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM). The course attracted the attention of nuclear regulators and operators from SADC members and other African countries, including the directors of the nuclear regulating agencies in Malawi and in Mozambique.

The aim was to promote and facilitate regulatory approaches to the safe and secure transport of radioactive material, within the Project participating SADC member states. The course allowed transfer of knowledge from recognized experts in the field and stimulated the participants to identify best-practices. In this way it facilitated a proactive means of maintaining and developing a consistent high level of safety, and security for the transport of radioactive material in the SADC region.

A keynote speaker was Paul Hinrichsen, Chief Specialist at the National Nuclear Regulator in South Africa. He has 20 years’ experience in the safe transport of radioactive material. He was the Chairman of the IAEA Transport Safety Standards Committee (TRANSSC) from 2014 to 2020, and currently coordinates the FNRBA Working Group on Transport.

The lecture on Transport of Uranium was delivered by Christel Fasten who worked for more than 40 years in the radiation protection field. She was a member of the German Federal Radiation Protection Office, the competent authority in this subject.

The guidance provided by both lecturers was based on the IAEA Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material (SSR-6) and comprised interpretations of some of its provisions.

The thematic focus on transportation was complemented by a presentation of the Information Tracking System (ITS), one of the main deliverables of Project MC 5.01 15B. This was done by Nicolay Palov, Chief Executive Officer, and Plamen Tonchev, Senior Expert, at Software Company Ltd., the developer of the system. Aside of greater IT support, the ITS provided its users with the opportunity for more effective interaction and exchange of information thus fostering a consensus opinion on transport regulatory matters amongst competent authorities in Southern Africa.