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Installation of new ICP Spectrometer

ICENS staff get training to become ISO17025 assessors

Re-shimming of Nuclear Reactor

Research Reactor Technical Meeting in Vienna

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Kintyre revisited


ICENS in2 stalls new ICP

Meeting in Vienna


MADEIRA training


course SLD Mega ports


Training Re-shimming of Reactor


OPM Summer Pro-


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ICENS gets in gear for ISO17025 Dr. Robin Rattray and Ms. Tracey-Ann Warner attended their second training course held by the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) from July 6-10, 2009 at the Medallion Hall hotel.

Caribbean Regional Drug Testing Laboratory, National Water Commission, Environmental Solutions Ltd. and the Government Chemist Department .

The course continued to prepare potential technical assessors for inspection of laboratories in Jamaica seeking accreditation to the international standard ISO/IEC 17025. Other attendees included representatives from the Bureau of Standards, Veterinary Services Division,

Dr. Robin Rattray (Left) and Miss Tracey Ann Warner (second from left) with fellow trainees at the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC)

Kintyre revisited Hope Mine is situated to the northeast of the University of the West Indies Mona campus and includes Kintyre and Hope Flat communities which have been the target of well documented studies since the 90’s. The Social Development Commission estimated residential population at over 3500 (SDC, 1998) for the combined communities, how-

ever the resident’s estimates stated that, “Unfortunately, the far exceed this, putting much legacy of lead still continues in emphasis on the division and this community.” growth of the communities. Dwellings in the past have been mostly wooden and zinc structures; now more permanent concrete structures are being erected, an indication that the people plan to be there for some time. Kameaka Duncan, Scientific Officer,



Renee Chin (CHASE Project Officer), Prof Kahwa (DeanFPAS) , Prof. Lalor, Paulette Mitchell (CHASE Fund) , John Preston, Leslie Hoo Fung, Richard hanson, Dr. Robin Rattray

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ICENS installs new ICP Spectrometer With the assistance of the CHASE Fund, ICENS recently added to its analytical capabilities with installation of an instrument for Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES). ICP-OES will bring multi-

element capability and therefore reduced analysis times over the technique previously used, Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS). In addition, the excellent linear dynamic range of ICP-OES of five or more orders of magnitude will virtually eliminate the need for sample dilution and re-analysis that plagued AAS, and therefore further increase the analytical throughput. The instrument, a Perkin Elmer Optima 7000DV (for

Dual View), can be operated in either axial or radial mode, viewing emission from the plasma either end on for greater sensitivity or side-on for elements present at higher concentrations. Mode selection can be done under computer control and mixed-mode operation within a single method is possible.

Contributed by: Dr. Robin Rattray

ICP-OES The instrument was commissioned and handed over to ICENS on June 11, 2009 at a brief ceremony at which CHASE, UWI and Perkin Elmer representatives were present. Photo: Steve Thompson , Perkin Elmer Service Engineer, alongside Dr.. Robin Rattray.

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Research Reactor Technical Meeting in Vienna From June 2nd to June 5th 2009, licensed operator Mr. Johann Antoine attended the Technical Meeting on the Safety of Research Reactors under Project and Supply Agreements at the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy

A section of the Vienna International Centre (VIC) Building



Agency (IAEA) at the Vienna International Centre. Most delegates reported that their facilities had up to date safety analysis reports, operational limits and conditions and emergency plans. It was also hoped that Jamaica could fully implement a functioning regulatory body empowered by

legislation. It was noted that most of the research reactors under the project and supply agreements have been operating for 25 years or longer and so the implementation of an ageing management system is imperative. Research reactors achieved seventy percent of their scheduled operating time with no incidents reported of radiation overexposure. By Johann Antoine





Re-Shimming of Reactor Mr. Manfred Muhler on top of the rector housing

Mr. Manfred Muhler, IAEA/ACL consultant, visited the centre to assist with the re-shimming of the SLOWPOKE II reactor .

potential exposure to dangerous levels of radiation. The Shims are located deep within the housing of the

Scientist have to observe all the necessary precautions when performing this procedure. The reshimming was completed with no incidence.

reactor core and need to be skillfully removed to avoid damage.

“Minimizing Activity and Dose

The process ofre-shimming can be quite a dangerous task as it involves

with Enhanced Image quality by Radiopharmaceu

MADEIRA training course The Minimizing Activity and Dose with Enhanced Image quality by Radiopharmaceutical Administrations (MADEIRA) project co-funded by the European Commission within the Seventh Euratom Framework Programme, was a training course aimed at reducing the exposure of the patient to radiation in nuclear medicine, through the improvement of the imaging process. The training

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was the first of a series of three (3) courses organized in the frame of the training activities of the MADEIRA project. The course dove into the fundamental aspects and current research trends in radiation physics, detector technology and medical imaging from the point of view of nuclear medicine applications. Contributed by Craige Boyd

Participants from the MADEIRA training

SLD Mega-ports Training The Second Line of Defense(SLD) Megaports Training was conducted at the Volpentest HAMMER Training and Education Center in Richland, WA. Training involved the interdiction of weapons of Mass destruction including detection of illicit radioactive materials. To complete the seminar a presentation prepared by Craige Boyd and Joan Thomas on “Jamaican Laws Re-

garding Radiological Procedures” was given by Mr. Craige Boyd, ICENS. In attendance was the Jamaican delegation on the Megaports Initiative; representatives from the Department of Enegy (DOE), the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Contributed by Craige Boyd

Presentation on “Jamaican Laws Regarding Radiological Procedures” conducted at the Hanford Nuclear Site Richland, Washington U.S.A.


International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences 2 Anguilla Close, Mona Campus, University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica 876-927-1777 (Tel) 876-977-0768 (Fax)

VISIT US AT WWW.ICENS.ORG Director-General - Prof. G. Lalor

We’re on the web!

IAEA and OPM visitors to the Centre Ms. Sasha Henriques of the IAEA Vienna visited the centre earlier this year. Ms Henriques was collecting information for an article to be published in the IAEA Bulletin in September. Please see the following excerpt from the article: ““Progress gave us this problem,” says Dr. Gerald Lalor, who heads the International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences (ICENS) in Jamaica, whose work is supported by the IAEA and funded by the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica, the Jamaican Government, the InterAmerican Development Bank, the CHASE Foundation and the University of the West Indies. “When people realized that batteries

could be recycled for profit, and how easy it was, they said ‘I can do this too’,” says Dr. Lalor. Backyard smelting contaminated play areas and other places throughout the community. Children who ate the dirt, sucked their fingers, or played outside absorbed large amounts of the heavy

Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Summer Programme The Office Of the Prime Minister Summer Program allowed University students from all backgrounds to be able to participants in on the job training. Students visited with ICENS for one month and were able to participate in activities of the Centre from sample preparation to analysis. Students were also able to interact with experienced staff members in areas such as GIS and computer programming.

“Overall the experience was a good one” said Rochelle , one of the OPM Summer programme participants, at the send off IAEA Journalist Ms. Henriques (second from Left) is seen enjoying a social organized for the students by ICENS. light moment with beneficiaries of ICENS Lead projects

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