On June 18-19, 2019 the Nuclear Security Centre of Excellence organized and conducted training on “Radiation Control during Inspections” for officers of the State Border Guard Service (SBGS) Coast Guard Border District.

The training was divided into two phases: the first – independent e-learning phase, organized on the Moodle platform, the second – contact learning phase. During this period, officers deepened their knowledge of: the importance of cross-border radiation control, its significance and existing threats, the procedures for carrying out radiation control of officials of the SBGS, the methodology for the detection of ionizing radiation, the legal transportation of radioactive cargo and the peculiarities of checking these cargoes. A lot of time was spent on practical classes, during which participants worked with manual dosimetric control devices, learned to detect sources of ionizing radiation, identify them and record data. Officers also practiced with the central alarm station software, and investigated the order of response to alarm events recorded by dosimetric control equipment.

For the participants practical training sessions were organized in the seaport area, during which participants were able to practice the knowledge and skills gained during the training by performing a detailed cargo transport inspection. This part of the training combined all the previous phases of training and was the most dynamic and, according to the participants, the most useful.