In recent years, the use of radioactive sources for diagnosis and treatment has become more widespread. Presence of such sources in universities, university hospitals and academic institutions makes it necessary to develop nuclear security culture among academics. The challenges to improve security culture or in some cases develop it from scratch are diverse, and it is not a simple process. The research question which takes centre stage in this paper, is how to develop a strong and sustainable nuclear security culture among academics. Because workplaces form a combination of many different cultures, it can be a challenge to achieve a common belief in nuclear security and institutional commitment to it. Obstacles which have been identified in this context are an English language barrier; sufficient commitment of management to develop security culture; the ability to make use of innovative educational resources; and defining a clear nuclear security policy for the institutions in question. Analysis of these issues indicates that there is a need for nuclear security to be based more clearly on internal roles and regulations rather than just as an external requirement.
Kofi, Mostafa; Fiala, Lamiaa; Al-Muammar, May; and Homan, Zenobia S.
"Developing Nuclear Security Culture at Academic and Educational Institutions,"
International Journal of Nuclear Security:
1, Article 1.
Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.7290/ijns070101
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