On March 3–4, 2020, the Nuclear Security Center of Excellence (NSCOE) specialists have been conducting training “Radiation Control during Inspections” to officials of State Border Guard Service Vilnius Border District. The training consisted of two parts: theoretical (self-learning) and practical training. The first part of the training was done online using e-learning platform “Moodle” where participants have done self-learning. The purpose of the first part of the training was to provide trainees with the background subject matter information in order to prepare them for the practical training part. After the completion of the e-learning, every participant must pass an online test which is a necessary pre-condition to proceed with the second part of the training.

During the second training part, NSCOE instructors lead the participants through the legal frameworks and valid procedures related to the radiation detection and control at the Border Crossing Points; presented to the participants the conditions of legitimate transportation of the radioactive materials and the samples of certificates for such cargos, explained the procedures and the requirements for issuance of licenses and temporary permissions for transportation and the requirements for legal possession and usage of the radioactive sources, provided guidance on the identification of the normally occurred radioactive materials (NORM) and other things.

During the practical exercises, participants continued to develop their practical skills and capabilities to utilize hand-held radiation detection equipment, to perform identification of the radionuclides and to document the data collected. Practising to use Central Alarm System software participants learned to interpret and assess the Radiation Portal Monitors alarm signals and finally, to take an appropriate decision.

 

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