A regional training course on the National Register for Radiation Sources Including Regulatory Authority Information System (RAIS) 3.4 Web has been held in Trinidad and Tobago from 23 to 27 January, 2017.
Twelve participants from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Jamaica and the host country Trinidad and Tobago attended the course, which was facilitated by a team of IAEA experts.
The training course was designed to provide participants with the knowledge to develop and establish radiation source registers in their countries, utilizing the Regulatory Authority Information System (RAIS) web tool. Participants received detailed instruction on the software application, which allowed them to develop skills necessary to review the situation in their individual home countries. The course also was an opportunity to discuss anticipated challenges, as well as to develop the strategies and action plans required to mitigate these challenges and obstacles to setting up and maintaining a national source registry.
Having completed the course, the participants now possess the knowledge and competency to advise their national authorities and counterparts on the appropriate steps and actions in establishing national source registries using RAIS.
This programme was the second IAEA regional training initiative held under the technical cooperation project RLA9081, ‘Strengthening Cradle-to-Grave control of Radioactive Sources’, which aimed to provide protection for both individuals and the environment against the adverse effects of ionizing radiation, whilst ensuring safe and secure use of radioactive sources in sustainable socioeconomic development.