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TAFE teacher attends radiation protection course



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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

79/32 30 July 1979

TAPE TEACHER ATTENDS RADIATION PROTECTION COURSE

Mara Siksna, a teacher at the Canberra College of Technical and

Further Education, Reid, has returned after attending a Radiation

Protection Course at the Australian School of Nuclear Technology,

at Lucas Heights, NSV.

The objective of the course was to provide training for people

who may be appointed as radiation safety officers and for those who

require a working knowledge of radiation protection principles and

practices in their work.

The course lasted for four weeks and included intensive study of a

wide variety of relevant topics.

Ms Siksna said she attended the course on behalf of the Canberra

TAPE College because the industrial applications of radioisotopes

in various detectors, safety signs, static eliminators and so on,

as well as x-ray equipment, biological tracers and mineral work

analyses were all reality today, not obscure frontiers of experimental

science.

"Thus we can expect that most of the students we aim to prepare for

scientific, engineering or industrial work will come into contact with

potential radiation hazards with increasing frequency," she said.

Another teacher at the College, Aidan O'Leary, is attending a similar

course at the moment.

Inquiries: Mara Siksna, 45 1649

Christina Young, 89 7339