The Chornobyl Center for Nuclear Safety, Radioactive Waste and Radioecology and the Federal Office for Radiation Protection of Germany have started the second joint training exercise on the measurement of ionizing radiation using specially equipped vehicles in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
The main task of this year’s exercise is to work out the radiation monitoring technique by the mobile laboratories and portable measuring instruments in the conditions of the radiation accident at the NPP.
The exercise participants are divided into the teams that will carry out radiation monitoring at four prepared road routes within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and at four walking routes in Pripyat. The specialists will also take soil samples at the specially equipped sites and will carry out the comparative measurement of its activity. The joint work in the international teams will enable the specialists to check the effectiveness of the different measurement methods and the reliability of equipment, to improve the professional skills, to exchange experience on achievement of the international standards of measurement quality.
The exercise will last from 30th of August to 11th of September 2018. 60 radiation protection and emergency response specialists from Germany and Ukraine, including representatives of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection of Germany, SSRI ‘Chornobyl Center’, the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety, SD ‘Rivne NPP’, SD ‘Emergency and Technical Center’ of SE NNEGC ‘Energoatom’, SSE ‘Ecocenter’.
The technical arsenal of the exercise consists of 18 equipped mobile laboratories of radiation survey from Germany and Ukraine, as well as hexacopter and helicopter MI-2.
The exercise is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ukraine, the State Agency of Ukraine on the Exclusion Zone Management, the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine.
The Chornobyl Center as the organizer of the exercise has provided the development and preparation of the routes, equipment of the exercise sites, conducted the preliminary selection and analysis of soil samples, organized the provision of the participants with the basic and additional means of the personal protection, and provided the organizational, technical and medical support, reception and storage of the equipment and team support throughout all stages of the exercise.
The same first exercise took place at the end of September 2016. 46 specialists from Germany and Ukraine took part in it.
Video on execise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=53&v=WWJVuN3Khuo
Video from the web-site of Federal Office for Radiation Protection of Germany: http://www.bfs.de/DE/themen/ion/notfallschutz/ueben/boden/tschernobyl-2018.html