Within the framework of the Cooperation Program for Nuclear Human Resource Development between Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute (VINATOM) and Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), the 10th VINATOM-JAEA Joint Training Course on Nuclear and Radiological Emergency Preparedness (NREP-10) was held from 1 to 5 October 2018 at Hanoi-NuTEC Center, Institute for Nuclear and Technology (INST).
Eighteen participants from hospitals, provincial departments of science and technology, radiation monitoring stations, local customs departments and companies in relevant sectors/fields took part in the NREP-10. During the week of the course, Japanese dispatched experts and Vietnamese instructors delivered nine lectures, facilitated four hands-on laboratory experiments and an outdoor exercise with the available equipment supported by Japan.
Annually conducted at the INST as part of follow-up training courses, the NREP-10 provided the participants with the knowledge and skills regarding radiation protection, nuclear and radiological emergency preparedness, both basic and specialized, including:
- Biological effects of radiation;
- Radiation protection for emergency workers;
- Medical treatment in nuclear emergencies;
- Internal exposure assessment and radiation dose calculations;
- Environmental monitoring in emergency situations;
- Social and science communication.
At the end of the course, the participants took an assessment test that allowed them to see where their knowledge was strong and which issues they need to review for more solid understanding. All participants had good evaluation results and received certificates of participation in the course.
The NREP-10 concluded on 5 October. On behalf of the course organizer, Deputy Director of the INST, Mr. Pham Duc Khue made closing remarks and expressed his appreciation for the efforts of all experts, instructors and participants throughout the week-long course. He hoped that the participants would be able to make use of efficient knowledge and skills gained from the course for the contribution to their work related to nuclear and radiological emergency preparedness and response. He also raised his expectations for the coordination with other relevant organizations in the country in establishing preparedness and response arrangements for effective response to a nuclear or radiological emergency, conducting emergency exercises and drills, and implementing other R&D activities.
INST leader, JAEA experts, Vietnamese instructors and participants at the closing ceremony
Institute for Nuclear and Technology