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Optical Radiation When Santa Claus comes

Short days and the desire for comfort let apartments and houses shine in artificial light, especially in the pre-Christmas season. Approximately 73 percent of households use LEDs as interior illumination; their market share rose from 1.4 percent to 61 percent in the last years. To avoid risks for the eye, the BfS recommends using artificial illumination with a low portion of blue light.

Ionising radiation BfS measures radioactivity in Oranienburg area

Experts of the BfS and the Federal Police Force train the measurement of radioactivity from a helicopter in the Oranienburg area. The joint exercise aims at helicopters and crews being operational at any time in a radiological emergency. At the same time it should provide findings as to whether radioactive residues from industrial companies stemming from the time before and during WW2 can still be detected in the municipal area of Oranienburg.

BfS annual report 2017/18 published

RESEARCHING, INFORMING, PROTECTING – that is the motto of the current annual report of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS). The Act on the Institutional Restructuring of Radioactive Waste Disposal that became effective in 2016 also involved the restructuring of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection. With the annual report 2017/18 published now, the Federal Office presents itself with its new tasks and wide spectrum of topics.

Ionising radiation Significant measurement data in the event of an emergency

In the event of an emergency, the measurement of radioactivity is the basis for all further measures for the protection of the population. From November 6 until November 9, 2018, experts of the BfS and the federal police force prepare for potential operations with helicopter measuring flights in the Greifswald area. Measuring exercises by the BfS and the federal police force are carried out on a regular basis in order to ensure good co-operation in an emergency.

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