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Launch of a non-ionizing radiation monitoring project

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Eng. Hamad Salah Ibrahim

Doha: The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, represented by the Department of Radiation and Chemical Protection, has announced the start of the implementation of the National Non-Ionizing Radiation Monitoring Network Operation Project.

Head of Radiation Protection Section of Radiation and Chemical Protection Department Eng. Hamad Salah Ibrahim said that the implementation of the National Non-Ionizing Radiation Monitoring Network Operation Project aims to monitor all activities related to ionizing and non-ionizing radiation by keeping abreast of modern technology and international standards. .

He said that the project to operate the national non-ionizing radiation monitoring network is considered the first of its kind in the region and aims to assess current legislation and its adequacy with international standards, best practices of developed countries, the preparation and implementation of plans for its development.

Ibahim said the project also aims to prepare a field survey for the country to determine non-ionizing radiation of all kinds and conduct large-scale radiometric surveys. He said this will help establish the national non-ionizing radiation monitoring system and build the human and technical capacity needed to monitor non-ionizing radiation and map radiation for Qatar, as well as prepare induction plans. for the public and workers.

Ibrahim also explained that the project will be implemented in three phases, and the first phase includes an assessment of the national legislation on non-ionizing radiation and a proposal for modification to adapt it to international standards, and the preparation of programs for raising awareness for the public and workers on uses, risks, prevention and others.

He said the second phase includes the identification of sensitive areas in the country such as residential areas populated by the elderly and children, hospitals, schools, kindergartens and places of recreation – and the extent of exposure of these areas to radiation levels. Ibrahim said that the second phase will also include the design of continuous radiation monitoring networks, fixed, mobile and manual devices and accompanying technologies, in addition to designing the possibility of expanding, increasing and putting updating the number of monitoring networks, as well as establishing an integrated radiation database and maps, and preparing a comprehensive field survey for the state to identify all radiation sources non-ionizing agents of all kinds.

As for the third phase of project implementation, he said, it is related to training on the use of all devices and equipment, how to calibrate them, monitoring, evaluation of results and drafting of reports based on international and national standards.