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Ionising radiation Study examines foods for radioactive substances

In co-operation with the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) will examine prepared food for radiation caused by radioactive elements such as uranium within the framework of the BfE-MEAL Study. Especially foods most frequently consumed by the German population will be considered. This includes foods from cereal products as well as vegetables and potatoes, dairy products, meat, and fish.

Optical Radiation Sunbeds pose health risks

Persons using sunbeds take health risks. This warning, which the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) already expressed in the past, is confirmed by international experts. Among others, the BfS has been advocating for a regulation of sunbed operation for years. Since August 2009, minors have been prohibited by legislation from using sunbeds. Furthermore, an ordinance regulates the device standard, operation and use, tasks and qualification of qualified personnel for solaria.

Ionising radiation Discover the causes of leukaemia in children

With the organisation of an international expert workshop, BfS seeks to advance the research into causes of leukaemia in children. From 14 to 16 November 2016, paediatricians, radiation protection experts, epidemiologists, geneticists and other researchers gathered in Munich, on invitation of BfS, in order to share research results and current knowledge in their disciplines. The aim was to determine new starting points for the investigation of causes and to advance research strategies.

Ionising radiation Nuclear accidents: Increasing the focus on mental and social consequences

Professionals in public authorities and scientists recommend that emergency response planning should increasingly take into account the mental and social consequences of nuclear accidents. This is the result of an interdisciplinary workshop organised by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS), the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) and the Centre for Security and Society at Freiburg University.

Ionising radiation International exercise to measure radioactivity in the Chernobyl exclusion zone

The German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) and the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine will conduct radioactivity measurements in the exclusion zone around the damaged reactor block of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant from 26 to 29 September 2016. The Ukrainian and German teams plan to jointly train radioactivity measurements in special operating conditions. The results will help to determine the current radiological situation in the 30-kilometre zone surrounding the nuclear power plant.

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