Posted on August 29, 2016

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Department at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has organized a three-day course titled: Radiation Protection Officer Course 2016 from 27 to 31 August at Bayt Al Dhiyafah in Hamad Bin Khalifa Medical City. About 40 participants comprising radiation protection officers from across Qatar’s healthcare sector are attending the course organized in line with HMC’s continuous education program for its healthcare staff.

The first of its kind course on radiation protection procedures features presentations based on the International Atomic Energy Agency’s International Basic Safety Standards (BSS). It also focuses on providing and applying the radiation protection principles in the medical practices by pioneering experts in the field. Dr. Huda Al Naemi, Executive Director of Occupational and Environment Safety at HMC and Chairperson of the course, said course participants include radiation protection officers (RPO) who are medical physicists working across all HMC network of Hospitals. Other course participants are attending from Qatar Petroleum, Primary Health Care Corporation, Qatar Army Clinic, Qatar Police Clinic, Sidra Medical & Research Center and Aspetar Qatar.

Dr. Al Naemi explained that to give the participating RPOs a clear understanding of their legal responsibility according to Qatar’s law, the first lecture during the course will be presented by Ms. Aisha Al Baker, Director of HASMAT and Radiation Protection Department in the Ministry of Environment. “Ms. Al Baker explains about the main roles and responsibilities of RPOs in Qatar in addition to highlighting the education and training requirements for RPOs. This is a good opportunity for the Radiation Safety Officers to interact with the law representative in Qatar,” said Dr. Al Naemi.

Other course speakers from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirate, Kuwait, Jordan and Lebanon include Dr. Abdalla Al Haj, Chairperson Middle East Federation of Medical Physicist (MEFOMP), Dr. Huda Al Naemi, Executive Director and Vice Chairperson of MEFOMP, Mr. Ahmad I A Hamdan - Director of Radiation Protection Directorate Jordan and member of MEFOMP, Dr. Laila AlBlooshi, Acting Head MP Section Dubai Hospital UAE and Member of MEFOMP, Dr. Mishary Al Naimi, Head of Physics Department Kuwait, Mr. Ibrahim Duhaini, past president of MEFOMP.

Aside exchanging regional experience in the field, speakers also highlight the legal provisions of radiation protection in their respective countries to reemphasize the responsibilities of RPOs.