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WINS held a side-event on the margins of the IAEA International Conference on the Security of radioactive Material: The Way Forward for Prevention and Detection to better understand the different risk management options and the responsibilities of various stakeholders in the development of a comprehensive approach towards Cs-137 security. The side-event took place on 4 December 2018 from 12:45 to 13:45 in VIC, M-Building, Board Room A.
The event addressed risk mitigation efforts and approaches for enhancing the security of IAEA category 1-2 Cs-137-based devices in medical, research and industrial applications. It covered both the option to enhance the physical security of these devices (including the installation of in-device delay mechanisms and coordination with response agencies to ensure material containment) and the opportunity to replace them with technologies (such as x-ray) that do not involve radioactive sources and remove the disused source-based device.
The side event reviewed the roles and responsibilities of the key stakeholders, in particular end-users and regulators, and provided an opportunity to identify gaps and opportunities for enhancing their contributions to Cs-137 security or for facilitating the selection and adoption of suitable alternative technologies. Finally, it briefly covered issues related to the removal and disposal of disused Cs-137 radioactive sources.
Key questions addressed during the side event included: