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Ionising radiation Exercising for emergencies: Federal Office for Radiation Protection and Federal Police measure radioactivity from the air

In the week from 11 April 2011, the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) and the Federal Police (BPOL) train the measurement of environmental radioactivity from helicopters in a joint exercise taking place in Baden-Wurttemberg. The exercise is to ensure emergency preparedness. If necessary, such measurements are to determine the current level of radioactivity in the environment swiftly and large-scale.

Ionising radiation Federal Office for Radiation Protection offers preventive measurements

Human senses cannot detect ionising radiation. So there is no natural awareness of any hazard to avoid. Humans therefore depend on reliable measurements to identify radiation-induced risks. The Federal Office for Radiation Protection (Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz, BfS) has all the required technical equipment on hand to serve this purpose.

Ionising radiation National and international measurement systems monitor radioactivity in the environment

"Can the nuclear accidents in Japanese nuclear power plants also pose a risk for Germany? And how do we know whether a radioactive cloud moves towards Germany?" Currently many people pursuing the developments in Japan pose these questions. Due to the design of the affected reactors, to the damage that has been caused so far and the large distance to Japan no special radiation protection measures need to be taken in Germany according to the knowledge gained so far.

Optical Radiation Sun – that’s safe! New teaching materials provide information on UV protection

Sun burn and high exposure to UV rays during childhood increase the risk of developing skin cancer. New teaching materials issued by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) are intended to help boost prevention measures. Within the context of the UV information campaign "Sun – that’s safe!" BfS President Wolfram König and Eckhard Breitbart, deputy chairman of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dermatologische Prävention (ADP) e.V., presented teaching materials produced jointly by the two organisations.


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