Since the early discoveries by Marie Curie, Bequerel, Einstein and many others, a deep insight into the risks and benefits of applying radioactivity in daily commercial and research practice has been build up. The scientific world of radiological protection is in constant motion, triggered by new research as well as by developments and events in the daily industrial and medical sector. In addition, national and international standards, regulations and guidelines aim at steering daily practice and procedures that guarantee the protection of workers, the public and the environment.
This 5 day training course treats the basic physics of radioactive phenomena and gives an overview of its most common applications. It shares the most recent knowledge on personal and environmental dosimetry and detection techniques, emergency management and biological effects of ionizing radiation. In addition, it focusses on the legal aspects regarding the use of radioactivity. Theoretical classes are complemented by a full day of practical exercises on the use of radiation devices and the correct application of personal protective equipment. Technical visits to some of SCK•CEN's installations and laboratories enrich and illustrate the acquired knowledge with the practice of real-life situations. And because working with nuclear technology requires not only technical knowledge but also an insight into the societal issues, a module is provided in which we stimulate thinking and discuss about the philosophical and ethical dimensions of justifying and using nuclear technology.