Experts from the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority and the Department of Radiation and Chemicals Protection at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) are holding meetings in Doha to co-operate in radiometry and exchange of expertise in this field.
The visit of the Turkish experts to Doha and the holding of such meetings are one of the activities of Qatar national technical co-operation project with the IAEA for the establishment of the QAT6006 secondary dosimetry laboratory aimed at modernising and developing the radiation laboratory components of the Department of Radiation and Chemicals Protection and building human and technical capabilities. (Dosimetry is the accurate measurement of radiation).
in addition to assisting in the establishment of the national monitoring register and the calibration of the system, and reviewing the work procedures and documenting them according to international standards.
The Manager of the Department of Radiation and Chemicals Protection Aishah Ahmad al-Baker explained that dosimeter measures the amount of radiation to which workers are exposed in the industrial, medical and research sectors in order to evaluate the exposure to radioactive doses during their work, pointing out that according to Qatari legislation, each worker in these sectors must carry his dosimeter at work, and the dosimeter shall be delivered every three months to the radiologist who will read and count the doses for this period and ensure that the readings do not exceed the limits allowed nationally and internationally.
Al-Baker pointed out that there are about 5,000 workers in all sectors of industrial, medical and research which involve exposure to radiation at the state level, and stressed that the biggest burden of radiation control of these workers falls on the unit of individual control in the laboratory radiation, asserting that the Department seeks to develop individual monitoring unit and provide the latest technology in this area, in accordance with international standards.
Al-Baker added that to that end, the Department was strengthening the radiological laboratory with new equipment that would meet the requirements for radiological work and also provide all necessary requirements, including the development and documentation of working procedures, in order to obtain accreditation.
Aishah Ahmad al-Baker hoped that the visit of the Turkish experts to Doha and their meetings with officials of the Department of Radiation and Chemicals Protection at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment would achieve the desired benefit and establish permanent co-operation with the Turkish side in the field of radiation measurements and exchange of experiences.
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