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How are DeepGEO DGR Workers Protected from Radiation?

The safety and well-being of our workforce is a top priority. We have a comprehensive set of protocols and measures specifically designed to protect Deep Geological Repository (DGR) workers from radiation exposure. Here’s how we accomplish this:

1. Training and Education:

  • All employees undergo rigorous training on the principles of radiation protection, including both theory and practical exercises. This training is regularly updated and refreshed.

2. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

  • Workers are required to wear specialized protective clothing and equipment designed to shield them from radiation. This PPE is regularly inspected to ensure it meets the highest safety standards.

3. Time, Distance, and Shielding:

  • The principles of time, distance, and shielding are applied in all work activities. Workers spend limited time in areas where radiation levels are higher, maintain a safe distance from radioactive sources, and use shielding materials to minimize exposure.

4. Advanced Monitoring:

  • Personal dosimeters are worn by workers to continuously measure radiation exposure. Additionally, real-time monitoring equipment is used throughout the facility to keep track of radiation levels.

5. Access Controls:

  • Strict controls are in place to limit access to areas with higher radiation levels. Only workers who have received specialized training are permitted in these areas.

6. Regular Health Checks:

  • Workers undergo regular medical examinations that include specific tests to assess any potential impact from radiation exposure.

7. Procedural Safeguards:

  • Detailed work procedures are developed and followed for tasks that might involve higher radiation exposure. These procedures are designed to minimize the time spent in radiation areas and to use remote handling equipment whenever possible.

8. Emergency Preparedness:

  • Comprehensive emergency response plans are in place, which include procedures for handling incidents involving radiation. Workers are trained to respond effectively in the unlikely event of a radiation-related emergency.

9. Open Communication:

  • Safety briefings and debriefings are conducted regularly, and all radiation monitoring data is shared openly among the workforce to maintain a culture of safety awareness and vigilance.

10. Regulatory Compliance:

  • All measures for worker protection comply with national and international safety regulations and guidelines, ensuring a robust framework for radiation safety.

Through these comprehensive measures, we aim to ensure that the risk to workers from radiation exposure is minimized and effectively managed, maintaining a workplace that is both safe and secure.