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
Download the A4 versions of the safety guide here (print-friendly version) and of the infographic here (print-friendly version)
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. US letter size versions of the guides can be found on The Stanley Foundation’s web page.