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Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze visits the BfS

On 24 May 2018, Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze visited the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) at its headquarters in Salzgitter. BfS President Inge Paulini welcomed the Minister on her inaugural visit. She appreciated that Svenja Schulze had come to get a personal impression of her subordinate authority quite soon after taking office and regarded this visit as a good start for future cooperation.

Optical Radiation Enjoying the sun safely: UV-Newsletter provides information on the risk of sunburn

At last – spring is here! But careful: With the stronger solar radiation the UV irradiance increases, too, and thus the risk of developing skin cancer. If you want to protect yourself, you should bear in mind the UV index. The three-day-forecast of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection helps in this regard: The BfS UV-Newsletter emails information on the current UV index three times a week.

Optical Radiation Beware! Risk of sunburn

Currently, ozone-poor air-masses at high altitude are flowing over Europe. As a result, clearly enhanced values of sunburn-effective UV radiation must be expected in Germany. Today and in the following days, the UV index may reach a value of 5 in northern Germany and up to 7 in southern Germany. Thus, the UV irradiance is much higher than usual at this time of year.

Ionising radiation BfS will support the WHO in the future also in emergency protection and in risk communication

The Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) will continue to support the World Health Organisation WHO with its expertise in the field of radiation protection. In addition to the existing subject areas such as the assessment of health effects of UV radiation or protection against the radioactive inert gas radon and its decay products, BfS will also be involved in emergency protection and risk communication as a partner of the WHO in the future. In particular, contributions to dose assessment and risk evaluation in nuclear emergencies have been planned.

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