Thailand hosts nuclear security conference

Thailand hosted the annual Nuclear Security Training and Support (NSSC) Network meeting in May, in which 69 member countries and 10 observers gathered to work on a range of issues centering on nuclear security.

While Thailand is a peaceful nation and does not possess nuclear weapons, many countries, including the Kingdom, use nuclear-powered technology and devices in a variety of industries such as the maritime and medical industries, while others source some of their energy from nuclear power plants.

Nuclear material is dangerous and security around it needs to be extremely tight to prevent theft, misuse or environmental and health hazards. Even non-nuclear nations need to have the capability to monitor cargo and shipments to prevent smuggling of nuclear material. Sharing of best practices and experiences, new technologies and international cooperation is, therefore, essential.

“This visit allowed the NSSC Network members to witness firsthand the critical role that NSSCs play in enhancing nuclear security in various sectors, including the maritime industry, and in facilitating trade at the seaport,” said Issariya Chairam, Radiation Biologist at the Office of Atoms for Peace. “It was a valuable opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences with other NSSC Network members.”

Thailand’s NSSC trains customs front line officers in radiation detection equipment and alarm adjudication.

According to the International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA), national NSSCs help foster a culture of nuclear security, by providing training programmes, technical support services for managing the nuclear security equipment lifecycle, and scientific support services such as providing expertise, analysis, support, and research and development.

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