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Ionising radiation Art in architecture: Dedication of the "Gelbe Kabine" (Yellow cabin)

On 20 September 2018, the work of art "Die gelbe Kabine" was officially dedicated in front of the BfS head office in Salzgitter. The work of artist Iris Musolf is a faithful replica of a Ferris wheel cabin in a pleasure park in the Ukrainian town of Pripyat. It is a reminder of the reactor disaster at Chernobyl and is therefore of direct relevance to the history of the foundation of the BfS.

Ionising radiation Resolution passed for ordinance to modernise radiation protection law

On 5 September 2018, on the suggestion of Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze, the federal cabinet resolved to enact an ordinance to modernise radiation protection law. This will improve the protection of health against ionising and non-ionising radiation. The ordinance will come into effect on 31 December 2018; the Bundesrat must come to agreement first.

Ionising radiation BfS experts training in Chernobyl exclusion zone

In a nuclear emergency, rapid deployment and precise measurements form the basis for all further decisions. To ensure these skills in a worst case scenario, BfS experts have been training under the most authentic conditions possible. From 3 to 7 September 2018, the BfS carried out a comprehensive measurement exercise in Chernobyl. Even 32 years after the reactor accident, increased radiation values are still present in the 30km exclusion zone around the nuclear power station.

Electromagnetic fields Safer surfing with 5G

Self-driving cars, voice-activated assistants, intelligent fridges – the IFA International Mobile Communications Exhibition from 31 August to 5 September 2018 in Berlin highlights how the internet interlinks our daily lives. The introduction of the new 5G mobile communications standard will develop and accelerate this trend and the number of transmitters and devices that generate electromagnetic fields is therefore also increasing. According to the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS), the current scientific findings on the effects of electromagnetic fields on people are also very relevant to 5G.

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