The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) and Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) have coordinated with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to donate radiation measurement and personal protective equipment to Ukraine.
Dr Marcus Grzechnik, ARPANSA’s Director of Modelling, Assessment and Emergency Preparedness, said the equipment will contribute to radiation protection and nuclear safety in the region.
‘Australia is a leading nation in nuclear safety and radiation protection and we were pleased to be able to contribute to global efforts to support Ukraine to maintain a safe environment and protect workers and communities.’
‘The equipment provided will allow workers to monitor radiation in the event of a nuclear incident and assist in the replacement of stolen or damaged equipment.’
This donation forms part of the IAEA’s wider call for international support, which has been answered with contributions from many countries.
‘We’re glad to have had the opportunity to coordinate with ANSTO and other government colleagues to support the safe transport of this important equipment to Ukraine.’
The equipment formed part of Australia’s emergency response capability but is surplus to requirements at this time. The delivery was received by the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU) in Kyiv on 13 July.
‘Despite the distance, Australia's delivery was amongst the first to be received by Ukraine under the IAEA program,’ said Dr Grzechnik.
‘We’re proud to contribute to Australia’s excellent record in nuclear safety and international engagement.’