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- INSI Global Inquiry - Report and Recommendations


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Coverage Safety Precautions for Chernobyl Anniversary
When the Chernobyl accident happened, the explosion and subsequent fire sent a cloud of radioactive particles high into the air and continued for 10 days before being brought under control. The most harmful radioactive particles released in the cloud were detected as Cesium 137 and the worst contaminated area was the 30KM zone surrounding the reactor. Other hotspots of contamination centred on the areas of Bryansk-Belarus, 200KM north east of the reactor and Kaluga-Tula- Orel, 500KM north east of the reactor. However, because of the prevailing wind conditions, measurable hotspots of radiation were recorded throughout Europe and as far a field as the USA and Japan.

Many thousands of people have been and continue to be affected since the accident by the radioactive fallout, suffering gastrointestinal problems, large doses of radiation in the thyroid leading to an increase in thyroid cancer and radiophobia a stress related illness due to the fear of radiation. Cesium 137 emits Gamma and Beta radiation, has a half life of 30 years and can be taken into the body by eating food, drinking water or breathing it in. Once in the body the major health hazard is the increased likelihood of inducing cancer.

The hazard is still present and will continue for some years to come. The suggested actions to be taken are designed to ensure the health and safety of the journalists and camera teams and their equipment that go to the Chernobyl area to cover stories about the reactor and the surrounding area. It is impossible to say when protective measures should be taken, there is no magic line to cross from the clean area to the contaminated area. However, as a rule of thumb, it is suggested that protective measures should be adopted once inside the 30KM zone around the reactor. It is better to cover the story on a day when there is not a strong wind blowing and it is not dusty conditions. Be wary of official advice about the levels of radiation and the local instrumentation used to show readings. Remember, you cannot see, feel or smell radiation, however its presence can be measured and the advantage of having a properly calibrated personal dosimeter cannot be underestimated.

The advice is given as a result of the CBRN Teams background experience and expertise in this field. All of the suggested actions have been compiled from attendance at live radiological incidents.

Please do not hesitate to contact the CBRN Team should you require any further information, or you wish to book a place. You are welcome to send as many people as you like, but be advised that numbers are limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Download the CBRN Team guidelines for covering the Chernobyl Anniversary here

The CBRN Team is organising a free CBRN Media Open Day, which will highlight the current threats and problems facing media teams working within hazardous environments. Attached is an invitation outlining the day in more detail. Download here

Please do not hesitate to contact the CBRN Team should you require any further information, or you wish to book a place. You are welcome to send as many people as you like, but be advised that numbers are limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

The CBRN Team Ltd
Unit 3, 2nd Floor
Minton Distrubution Park
London Road, Amesbury
Wilts, SP4 7RT
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1980 623150
Fax:+44 (0) 1980 623170
E-mail: info@thecbrnteam.com Website: http://www.thecbrnteam.com/show.php



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