Indore : Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) chairman SA Bhardwaj here on Monday said that the do’s and don’ts should be strictly adhered to while developing new technology else accidents will happen and give rise to safety concerns.

“It’s because of non-adherence to the do’s and don’ts that accidents occur. Scientists should ensure that safety challenges are addressed at the time of development of new technologies,” he said at the inaugural session of the three-day-32nd Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) Safety & Occupational Health Professionals Meet which commenced at Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT) on Monday.

About 300 scientists and doctors, including 170 outstations scientists, are participating in the three-day event which is jointly organised by Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), Mumbai and RRCAT.

The themes for the meet are “Safety in Evolving and Advanced Technological Applications” and “Positive Health Management”. The meet is aimed at providing an opportunity for information sharing to further improve safety scenarios in various DAE installations for emerging new and advanced technologies and also for effective health management of staff.

“Safety & Occupational Health Professionals Meet is organised annually to reaffirm our commitment to developing safety culture,” Bhardwaj said. Former secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India, Dr AE Muthunayagam delivered Dr SS Ramaswamy Memorial Endowment Lecture on the theme of this meet.

In his address, Muthunayagam said that organisations focus on the safety of working professionals as much they focus on their business performances. He said that safety procedures vary project to project so there is a need for improving them on regular basis.

He pushed for development of nuclear plants in the country to meet power needs and said that Kudankulam nuclear power plant is one of the safest N-plant in the world. “We had upgraded Kudankulam plant safety after the Fukushima accident. Even if a tragedy like Fukushima happens at Kudankulam there would be no radiation or harm to human life,” he said.

RRCAT director Prof PD Gupta said that medical treatment should go beyond physical fitness of a man. “It should also take care of mental fitness of a man and de-stress him.” Stating that the facilities at RRCAT are world class, he said that they stand out internationally in many important inventions.

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