On February 26–27, 2019, the Nuclear Security Center of Excellence (NSCOE) conducted the workshop on Radiation Detection for Mid-Level Decision Makers at the State Border Crossing Points. The workshop was attended by 16 officials from the State Border Guard Service under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania (SBGS).
The workshop on the Radiation Detection for Mid-level Decision Makers consists of two parts: theoretical training using a distance e-learning platform and practical training. During the first e-learning part, the officers were familiarized with the theoretical aspects of training on ionizing radiation, and examined the changes in legislation governing radiation control during border checks. During the second, practical part, the trainers, NSCOE specialists, presented information on the importance, significance and current threats of border radiation control in Lithuania and the world; examined in detail the procedure for the implementation of radiation control by the SBGS officials and its changes; methodology for detection of ionizing radiation, examples of documents, licenses and temporary permits, certificates of medical institutions, and other issues.
During practical sessions, participants worked with handheld dosimetric controls equipment, learned to detect sources of ionizing radiation and record data. Officials also practiced with the Central Alarm Station software, investigating the order of response to alarm events recorded by dosimetric control equipment. Each workshop participant has learned to act independently, to handle all response actions: to manage the Central Alarm Station software, to carry out a second line check, to transfer the data from handheld devices to the Central Alarm Station database, to prepare reports, to perform other actions and to make decisions on dangerous goods across the state border.