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Licensees have the primary responsibility for designing, implementing and maintaining security systems for radioactive sources in accordance with the regulatory requirements in their State and any other further security objectives defined by the organisation itself. As part of the licensing process, licensees usually submit a security plan to the regulatory body in which they demonstrate how they will meet the security regulations. Amongst others, an effective security plan documents the design, operation and maintenance of the entire physical protection system, which is based upon the functions of deterrence, detection, delay and response. The first function of the security system is to deter adversaries from attempting to steal or sabotage radioactive sources. The second is to detect and assess any attempts that adversaries might be making. The third and fourth are to delay adversaries who are attempting to steal or sabotage sources until an adequate response force (e.g. the police) can arrive and interrupt or neutralise them. Each of these functions is important and works with the others to achieve effective radioactive source security.
The response function refers to the actions undertaken by onsite security forces (if present) and/or offsite law enforcement to interrupt and subdue an adversary while the malicious act is in progress. Offsite responders, who normally consist of police or other law enforcement personnel, may also be called upon to help recover material that has left the site. Responders need to be properly trained and equipped and have the authority and ability to carry out their assigned actions. They must be familiar with the site, know who is responsible for what, and have the necessary resources to stop the malicious act.
The majority of licensees that use radioactive sources will not have an onsite armed guard force and therefore need to carefully plan incident response procedures that should be followed in close coordination with the police or other local law enforcement agencies. To develop effective coordination, licensees need to communicate—and periodically meet with—their offsite response force. Both entities need to know who the points of contact are at each other’s organisations and have their full, up-to-date contact information.
Experience has shown that developing effective response arrangements and guaranteeing a timely and effective support from external response forces is challenging and requires particular efforts and sustainable attention. In too many cases, physical protection arrangements are designed without input from response stakeholders; therefore, and detection and delay measures are designed on non-demonstrated response assumptions.
To address these challenges, WINS and DOE/NNSA have decided to collaborate and organise a virtual international event dedicated to response arrangements where practitioners in several countries and regions of the world can share their experience and lessons learned in designing security response.
The overall objective of this event is to review and discuss all matters related to preparing for and responding to a security incident at a facility where radioactive sources are in use or in storage. In particular this event will be an opportunity to:
This event will be open to 40 individuals involved in the security of radioactive sources. Primarily, it will target individuals from operating organisations, law enforcement agencies or response organisations, and regulatory bodies with the responsibility for or experience in developing, implementing or assessing security response arrangements for radioactive sources.
Discussions will focus on categories 1 and 2 radioactive sources in use or in storage at a fixed facility.
The event will give priority to individuals from Europe and Africa.
Applications will be open till 07 March 2021 and selected individuals will be informed on 15 March 2021.
The event will be conducted online at 14:00 hours (CET) on 08th April 2021.
It will be interactive and professionally facilitated. The live session will be built around presentations from invited expert speakers and topical discussions to share experiences and identify best practices for effectively responding to a security incident involving radioactive sources. Scenario-based activities will be proposed to ensure a high level of interaction between participants and offer discussions of direct relevance to individuals in charge of radioactive source security.
The event will be designed around the following themes:
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