Radiation Safety

​​​​​​​​Committed to protecting the nation from potential radiation hazards.

At FANR we ensure high standards of radiation protection for the use of ionising radiation in medicine, industry and nuclear facilities through our regulatory oversight of the nuclear sector.

​​​​​​​​​The department consists of five dedicated teams

  • Nuclear Facilities
  • Regulated Materials
  • Secondary Standards Dosimetry Laboratory (SSDL)
  • Environmental Laboratory
  • Emergency Response​

The Nuclear Facilities Team

This team is responsible for assessing radiation protection policies and practices to be implemented in nuclear facilities and in radioactive waste management activities including the handling, pre-treatment, treatment, conditioning, transport, storage and disposal of radioactive waste.

The team also assesses the nuclear facilities’ onsite and offsite emergency planning.

​​​​​​​​​The Regulated Materials Team

The Regulated Materials team plans and implements a licensing and inspection programme to ensure radiation protection in the use of all regulated materials, including the import/export and the transportation of radioactive material and radiation generators used for non-nuclear purposes.

The team issues licences and permits to authorise entities to conduct regulated activities using regulated materials for medical and non-medical fields in accordance with FANR’s regulations; its role is to ensure that workers and the public are protected from the possible hazards of ionising radiation arising from the use of radiation sources in these fields.

They are also responsible for managing the National Sources Register, which contains information about all radiation sources in the UAE and data on the occupational dose(s) of radiation workers in the country.

​​​​​​​​​The SSDL Team

This dedicated team is in charge of establishing the Secondary Standards Dosimetry Laboratory (SSDL), which will provide domestic calibration services to the radiation measurement equipment users in the medical, nuclear and industrial fields.

These calibration services will be carried out using national standard sources traceable to primary standards set by reference laboratories throughout the world, like the one at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and those in the United States of America, in France, Germany and in the United Kingdom.

Periodic calibrations of radiation measurement equipment such as survey meters or dosimeters are required to gauge accurate radiation measurements in accordance with world-class radiation protection practices.

​​​​​​​​​The Environmental Laboratory Team

The Environmental Laboratory team develops capabilities within the UAE to provide independent measurements confirming the level of radionuclide activity in the environment. This includes independent confirmation of the results obtained by monitoring in areas around nuclear facilities.

Additional responsibilities include continuous measurement of gamma dose rates by a network of monitors across the UAE. In order to evaluate the radiation baseline, the Environmental Laboratory team is currently measuring natural radiation background in the UAE. ​

​​​​​​​​​The Emergency Response Team

The Emergency Response Team coordinates the staffing of Emergency Duty Officers and Emergency Managers who receive and evaluate notifications from licensees, members of the public and UAE entities that may encounter natural and man-made radioactivity. The team ensures that licensees meet safety requirements.

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