UAE holds workshop on radioactive material safety

The UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation has conducted a workshop with Dubai Police to educate officials on issues of safety and security surrounding radioactive material

The UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) is conducting a series of workshops to raise awareness about safety and security issues relating to radioactive material.
The UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) is conducting a series of workshops to raise awareness about safety and security issues relating to radioactive material.

The UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) has conducted a workshop to educate first responders on issues relating to the safety and security of radioactive material.

The workshop, which was held in conjunction with Dubai Police, was designed to familiarise officials with the basics of nuclear science, safety, and security, according to state news agency, WAM.

The event, which saw attendees receive briefings from FANR experts, was held as part of a regular series of awareness sessions that are being conducted this year.

Commenting on the awareness initiative, Salah Al Hashimi, director of FANR’s Department of Government Communications, said: “These programmes represent FANR’s strategy to educate and create awareness among our key stakeholders in the UAE about the safe, secure, and peaceful use of nuclear and radiological materials.”

Similar sessions have also been conducted at the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE), the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCaE), and the Federal Customs Authority (FCA).

Last month, the UAE’s Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) inked two operating agreements for the Barakah nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi. The operating support services agreements (OSSAs) were signed with Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP).

Construction of the Barakah plant commenced in 2012, and the facility is scheduled to complete in 2020. Once all four of the plant’s reactors come online, the facility will deliver up to one quarter of the UAE’s annual electricity requirement.

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