Four technicians from the Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA) each received a two-month fellowship in the area of government and regulatory infrastructure for radiation safety in East and Southern Africa.
The scholarship, which is expected to start on Monday 10e January 2022, was awarded by the Secretariat of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The award is part of a Technical Corporation (TC) project, LIR 9001, which aims to establish a regulatory infrastructure for the control and management of radiation sources in Liberia.
Technicians Oliver Vaye (MEng. Environmnetal Engineering) and G. Lenn Gomah (MPhil. Environmental Chemistry) will be housed at the Radiation Protection Authority in Harare, Zimbabwe while Steward Borbor (MSt. Applied Environmental Geoscience) and Joseph F. Charles (MSc) . Environmnetal Management) will be hosted at the Tanzania Atomic Energy Agency in Arusha, Tanzania.
They arrived in Zimbabwe and Tanzania.
The scholarship is one of many capacity building initiatives under the IAEA TC LIR 9001 project, coordinated by Rafael Sarji Ngumbu of EPA with administrative support from N. Yaba Freeman-Thompson (Deputy Minister / Liaison Officer national-internal organizations) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In September 2021, the EPA, with technical support from the IAEA, organized a ten-day national training course in radiation protection and safety.
The course, which brought together more than 25 technicians from EPA, MME, NPHIL, MOH, UL and LISGIS, provided the basic tools for participants to become trainers in radiation protection and use safe from radiation sources in Liberia.
The course, which was taught by radiation protection professors from Ghana and Kenya, also provided theoretical and practical training on the multidisciplinary scientific and / or technical basis of international radiation protection recommendations and standards and their implementation.
In December 2021, the EPA, with technical support from the IAEA, organized a five-day training course on the use of the Regulatory Authority Information System (RAIS).
RAIS is software developed by the IAEA to help countries manage their regulatory control program in accordance with international standards and guidance, including the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources and additional guidance.
RAIS promotes a coherent and common approach to regulatory control of radiation sources in accordance with international standards and guidelines, while providing the flexibility to meet specific country needs, with due regard to their national legislative framework, administrative structure and their institutional and regulatory framework. .
The RAIS training was led by a Tunisian expert.
These capacity building initiatives are part of EPA’s efforts to adequately support its new Environmental and Radiation Protection research unit within the Department of Compliance and Enforcement.
It is envisioned that the unit will become a fully functional department and, with a future legal framework, the department could become an atomic energy authority in Liberia.
However, upon their departure, the four EPA technicians in an interview at Robert International Airport (RIA) expressed their gratitude to EPA’s Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Professor Wilson K Tarpeh and his deputy Randall M. Dobayou II for giving them the opportunity to acquire knowledge in the field of radiological infrastructure development.
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