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NSRPA inspects scanners at Sierra Leone’s Lungi airport

NSRPA inspects scanners at Sierra Leone’s Lungi airport

The Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Authority (NSRPA) with its mandate to protect the people, property and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation have conducted a safety assessment inspection at the Freetown International Airport. The team led by the Chief Radiation Protection Officer, Josephus Jibao Kongo inspected all body, baggage and Cargo X-ray scanners at the Airport.  Chief Radiation Protection Officer and Team

Giving the entrance briefing, the Chief Radiation Protection officer, said that the Authority had revised the Radiation Protection Act 2001 and include the Nuclear Security issues. As part of its mandate, the Authority should ensure that all radioactive sources and radiation generating  devices are brought  under regulatory control. He admonished staff  of the Westminster Aviation Security (company that owns the scanners)  that the safety assessment inspection was not a witch hunt but to ensure that the X-ray facilities were operated safely and without harm to anyone and the environment.  He further explained the dangers associated with their work in operating the scanners and highlighted some basic safety issues that they needed to be observing during execution of their duties.

He enquired about their training on the safety  issues concerning operations of the scanners and noted that additional training was needed on safety for the staff. He further told them that their safety is of utmost concern to the Authority. He cautioned them to apply the three principles of radiation protection which are distance, time and shielding.

He noted that the Westminster Aviation Security company has a corporate responsibility to ensure that their employees are adequately protected from exposure to radiation which may lead to cancer. He intimated the workers that they should be very careful in operating the X-ray scanners as any operational error on their part may lead to them being unduly over-exposed.

He noted that the Westminster Aviation Security is a well acclaimed international Aviation security company who are in position to provide the requisite protection for safety of both staff and the general public and any non-compliance issue noted during the inspection would be communicated to management for corrective measures. The inspection was conducted in the full view Mr. John Drummond, the Deputy Aviation security manager who was very cooperative and supportive inspection exercise.

Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Authority
38, Liverpool Street, Freetown

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