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Radiological protection actions by the general public and NGOs

Dear Reader,

I have read that “Ibaraki residents have started monitoring radiation” for themselves, while I am normally happy that members of the public have chosen to take responsibility for themselves. But there is a problem, the same news report said that the residents will be sticking up warning notices where they find high radiation levels.

This could be a very bad idea, the thing is if more than one organisation starts to mark and fence off high radiation areas then different bodies may choose to different criteria for judging what is a high radiation level.

I fear that a battle of the “health physicists” may occur, this will lead to a great deal of confusion and in the end nobody will be able to understand what is what.

What I think should happen is for all the groups who are checking radiation levels to discuss and agree on a set of standards. Here are some of the questions which I think need answers.

1. What should a warning sign look like ?

2. What should the dose rate or contamination level be for each class of area ?

3. Who has the authority to classify an area ?

4. How oftein will areas be rechecked ?

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