Confusion reigns for most people about the dangers of radiation. Journalists, cannot afford to be so naïve. Their work may expose them to events, an accident or in a worst case a hostile act, that puts them at risk.
In a radiation incident how can journalists protect themselves, what steps can they take and what should they be telling the public?
Atomic Reporters and the Stanley Foundation have published a safety guide for journalists in radiation incidents that is being made available without cost.
Its three basic steps towards protection are conveyed in infographics supported by in-depth information.
The 18 page document is the result of a workshop Atomic Reporters and the Stanley Foundation held for international journalists in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, February 29 – 1 March 2016.
Its guidelines provide basic safety information for the protection of journalists that can be conveyed to the public to limit the risk of radiation exposure
. The guide will be translated into language versions for international use
. Carolyn Mac Kenzie, its author, is a recognised radiation protection specialist. Feedback on the guide was received from specialists in the field of health physics, emergency response, and journalism
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. US letter size versions of the guides can be found on The Stanley Foundation’s web page.