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Author Jitbanjong, Petchara ♦ Wongsawaeng, Doonyapong
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword ISOTOPES AND RADIATION SOURCES ♦ COBALT 60 ♦ DEATH ♦ ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ♦ GLOBAL ASPECTS ♦ HOSPITALS ♦ RADIATION SOURCES ♦ RADIOTHERAPY ♦ SABOTAGE ♦ SECURITY ♦ THAILAND ♦ TRAINING ♦ WEAPONS
Abstract Unsecured radioactive sources have caused deaths and serious injuries in many parts of the world. In Thailand, there are 17 hospitals that use teletherapy with cobalt-60 radioactive sources. They need to be secured in order to prevent unauthorized removal, sabotage and terrorists from using such materials in a radiological weapon. The security system of radioactive sources in Thailand is regulated by the Office of Atoms for Peace in compliance with Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI), U.S. DOE, which has started to be implemented since 2010. This study aims to perform an assessment on the security system of radioactive sources used in hospitals in Thailand and the results can be used as a recommended baseline data for development or improvement of hospitals on the security system of a radioactive source at a national regulatory level and policy level. Results from questionnaires reveal that in 11 out of 17 hospitals (64.70%), there were a few differences in conditions of hospitals using radioactive sources with installation of the security system and those without installation of the security system. Also, personals working with radioactive sources did not clearly understand the nuclear security law. Thus, government organizations should be encouraged to arrange trainings on nuclear security to increase the level of understanding. In the future, it is recommended that the responsible government organization issues a minimum requirement of nuclear security for every medical facility using radioactive sources.
ISSN 0094243X
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2016-01-22
Publisher Place United States
Volume Number 1704
Issue Number 1


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