A security system to monitor mobile radiation must be established soon, it was declared at the National Nuclear Regulatory Conference held in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong from May 19-21.

At the conference, international and domestic experts discussed measures to tackle headwinds in managing equipment containing radioactive sources in Vietnam. They particularly focused on high-tech solutions, which include the development of equipment to monitor radiation security.

They said that radiation controlling equipment should be urgently installed at scrap steel collecting businesses and enterprises using scrap iron for steel production, in a bid to reduce the risks of radiation leaks.

According to the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety under the Ministry of Science and Technology, over 4,000 radioactive sources are causing damage nationwide. Of the amount, 680 mobile radioactive sources have been used in the industrial sector such as oil and gas drilling and security scanners.-VNA