Thursday, April 29, 2010

Guide to Nuclear Power Safety

When working with or near something as hazardous as nuclear material, it is best to know as much as possible about atomic safety. Nuclear radiation protection awareness grows more important every where. As with any measure of safety, it is important to take the most effective precautions specific to your business' situation.

In the past there have been two notable events involving commercially operated nuclear power plants: the Three Mile Island II incident in 1979, and the Chernobyl-IV accident in 1986. Both events, traumatic as they were at the time, have been “blown up” out of proportion in the past. It is now nearly 25 years after Chernobyl, and perhaps the general public has largely forgotten. But the true scale needs to be borne in mind. An international multi-agency conference was held in 2005 specifically for this purpose and it was widely reported in the media. The main conclusion was that the damage caused by the accident was not as widespread as originally thought.

The backbone of any nuclear power facility are the Policies and Operations guides that tell all personal what to do in each situation. As plants become more technologically sophisticated and security issues more important, however, the related operations and policy manuals fill more volumes than ever. Most training today is done to reinforce the use of these guides, and over time, with seasoned operators, the underlying logic and step-by-step procedures become instinctive.

Therefore, it is very important to find the most useful nuclear safety information not only for yourself, but your business.

Cheers !
(D.S. Utomo)