Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Workers advised to comply with regulation

Improving radiation safety gives investors confidence: Fadilllah

BINTULU: Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Fadillah Yusof reminded all licensees and workers involved in industrial radiography activities to comply with the standard and regulation stipulated under the Atomic Energy Licensing Act (Act 304).

Apart from improving the radiation safety and security culture and reducing the risk of radiation it would also give the investors confidence and generate better investment climate in the industries, he said.

“Foreign investors will be pleased that Malaysia is not only able to provide first class infrastructure and trained workers and expertise, but also has an efficient enforcement programme.

“The standard operating procedure (SOP) must be followed strictly and we will not tolerate any non-compliance and negligence which might affect national and societal well-being,” he said when officiating at a two-day seminar on security and safety compliance awareness among radiation workers in gauge, sale, industrial radiography and Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) at ParkCity Everly Hotel here yesterday.

The seminar, organised by Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB), was also attended by its director-general Raja Datuk Abdul Aziz Raja Adnan.

Fadillah said it was very important for the country to have the best in as far as radiation management protection was concerned in order to get endorsement and trust from international bodies on the possibility of nuclear energy being used as another alternative energy for generating electricity in the country.

He said security, safety and safeguards were vital aspects that had to be taken into consideration by all the related agencies and companies involved in industrial radiography.

“There are several procedures and provisions outlined by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) under the code of conduct on the safety and security of radioactive sources.

“This security element, apart from being practised in the radioactive industry, was also extended to other industrial players in Malaysia,” he said.

To date, a total of 961 companies and related government agencies licensed under AELB operated in the country involving several main activities like gauge, sale, non-destructive testing, NORM, mineral processing, oil exploration, research, training and consultation, said Fadillah.

Those companies found violating the act, said Fadillah, had been given stern warning by AELB and this included revoking their licenses, confiscating their premises, closing their operation and court action.

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