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Open course: Preparedness and response for nuclear and radiological emergencies

SCK CEN - Veilige uitbating (2019)


This training course focuses on the early to intermediate phases after a nuclear/radiological accident, and addresses the state of the art in nuclear and radiological emergency management including the international recommendations, the lessons learned from the Fukushima accident and the latest results from the PREPARE project.

This includes, but is not limited to, principles of intervention; radiological evaluations; decision-support tools; different aspects of planning and organization in off-site emergency response; economic, social and psychological impact. The European and international dimension is addressed through lectures on Community legislation and international data and information exchange.

The course is organized in collaboration with the main European emergency management actors and the European platform NERIS (Preparedness for Nuclear and Radiological Emergency Response and Recovery)


SCK CEN - Crisisbeheersing (2019)

Target audience

The course is mainly targeted towards technical and radiological advisors, staff responsible for the overall emergency organisation and policy, such as civil protection officers and environmental protection officers, either entering the domain or being interested in refreshing the basics and getting acquainted with latest developments in the field. A basic knowledge of radiation protection is recommended.

SCK CEN - Crisisbeheersing (2019)


  • This training course can contain the following modules:
  • Radiological emergencies
  • Transfer pathways to the environment and exposure pathways
  • Monitoring and data management strategies
  • Principles of intervention
  • Implementation of early countermeasures – Practical aspects
  • Countermeasures for contaminated food production systems
  • Countermeasures for inhabited areas
  • Decision support systems: RODOS
  • International data and information exchange
  • Economic, psychological, social and ethical aspects of intervention
  • Emergency plans: organisation & requirements
  • Communication
  • Community legislation
  • Stakeholder involvement in preparedness activities
  • The Fukushima accident
  • Specific issues related to radiological emergencies of other origin than nuclear accidents
  • Triage, monitoring and treatment of people exposed to malevolent use of radiation
  • Organisation of exercises and lessons learned

Group activities are organised to explore in depth several aspects presented during the course lectures. A comprehensive table-top exercise simulating a nuclear accident is organised, plunging participants in the decision-making process and confronting them with the real difficulties. A technical visit of several points of interest in SCK CEN can be also foreseen.

Language and duration

This course is given in English. This 5-day training course is provided from 09h00 to 17h00, including two coffee breaks and lunch.

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