Regulation of Radioactive Material Transport in Africa

For the last six decades, the IAEA’s regulations for the safe transport of Radioactive Material have helped to keep people and the environment safe from radiological hazards, – all throughout Africa.

To date, there are zero deaths or injuries caused by radioactive material in transit.

However, in countries where there is an abundance of mining of radiological minerals, such as uranium, stronger established regulations must be established for the safe handling and transportation of radioactive material, with staff appropriately trained to ensure no one is exposed to unnecessary radiation.

The IAEA, (International Atomic Energy Agency) through its technical cooperation, is continuing to provide detection equipment, technical guidance and training in 26 countries across Africa, to the National Competent Authorities responsible for the safe transport of radioactive material, in order to help them discharge their statutory duties.

To help maintain and perpetuate the exemplary record of worldwide transport safety, the IAEA looks to support the training and development of regulators stationed within the African continent.

“Competent Authority staff members must understand the technical aspects of the IAEA’s Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material and their application to the transport of radioactive material if they are to assure compliance with safety requirements,” explained Eric Reber, a Transport Safety Specialist in the IAEA’s Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety. “Training courses like those offered through the IAEA’s TC programme and the Agency’s Transport Safety eLearning platform provide necessary training opportunities.”

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