Nuclear Fundamentals Workshop Conducted in Accra, Ghana

May 28th, 2014 — 

From May 12-16, 2014, the IRDP (Dr. David Squarer and IRDP Director David Fischer) conducted the Nuclear Fundamentals courses in Accra, Ghana. The workshop included two days of Fundamentals of Reactor Regulations (FORR) and two and a half days of Fundamentals of Reactor Safety (FORS). The event was well attended by the following organizations: Ghana Atomic Energy Commission’s (GAEC’s) Radiation Protection Institute (RPI); GAEC’s National Nuclear Research Institute; GAEC’s Radiological and Medical Sciences Research Institute; Ghana’s Graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences; the Customs Division of Ghana’s Revenue Authority; Ghana’s Public Procurement Authority; Accra Polytechnic; and Ghana’s Ministry of Energy and Planning (24 participants in total). Topics covered in the Fundamentals of Reactor Regulations (FORR) course include basic aspects of regulations, legal framework of regulations, phases of oversight, regulatory concepts and functions, other agency activities, and regulatory agency infrastructure. The Fundamentals of Reactor Safety (FORS) course covered basic nuclear concepts, reactor safety strategy, hazard identification, safe design and operation, core protection, consequence mitigation, reactor accidents, and a summary of the Three Mile Island, Fukushima, and Tokai-Mura accidents.