Richland WA (PRWEB) March 23, 2011
Nationally and internationally-recognized radiation protection firm Dade Moeller is providing pro-bono support to companies and individuals concerned about the Fukushima nuclear incident in Japan. As a public service, the company has made several educational resources available free of charge on its website, including three “Radiation 101” courses that normally would cost more than $300 per student. Dade Moeller also is providing pro-bono advice to companies that have employees, infrastructure, or other interests in Japan and are concerned about the situation. For companies with more specific needs, Dade Moeller is providing tailored, rapid-response consulting services.
“We recognize that there are many individuals and organizations worldwide who are seeking reliable information on radiation safety for their personal or corporate use,” said CEO Matthew P. Moeller, who also is one of the company’s 40 certified radiation protection scientists. “In response to this need, we have made available several, free radiation safety resources on our website. We invite anybody with a curiosity or concern to use them and share them with their family and friends, colleagues and clients.”
Dade Moeller’s online resources to date feature three web-based educational courses, entitled “Radiation Safety Awareness,” “Basic Radiation Safety,” and “Health Effects of Ionizing Radiation.” The company, which typically offers these courses to new radiation workers through its Radiation Safety Academy, has re-formatted the courses to be applicable to the general public. The courses, which normally would cost more than $300 per student, are available for free. They provide a fundamental understanding of several aspects of radiation protection, including what radiation is, its potential effects on human health, and what to do in case of an emergency. The courses can be viewed at the user’s pace and are organized to enable easy “jumping” between sections of interest. Additionally, the company has added a FAQ specific to questions the public may have concerning the Fukushima nuclear incident in Japan.
In addition to the web-based educational courses, Dade Moeller has posted a chart on its website that converts units of radiation dose. Specifically, the chart provides conversions between units of rem, which are used in the United States, and those of Sieverts, which are used by the international community, including Japan. This chart will be useful to those wanting to understand reports on radiation dose coming out of Japan, as well as those being reported in the international media. Dade Moeller will make additional online resources available as needed, or upon request. “We will keep these free resources available to the public for as long as they are needed,” stated Moeller. “It’s the right thing to do.”
Dade Moeller also is providing pro-bono information via telephone and email to companies and organizations that have more specific business-related concerns. “Companies with employees or other assets in Japan that have never before had to worry about radiation are coming to us for help,” said Moeller. “They are concerned whether their employees are safe, whether their facilities are contaminated, and how to prepare so as to be protected from potential future radioactive releases. With more Certified Health Physicists than any other private entity in the United States, we are well equipped to help during this time of need, and we feel it is our duty and privilege to offer our Nuclear and Radiological Services expertise in this way.”
In addition, Dade Moeller is offering more detailed, tailored support to companies based on their specific needs. For example, Dade Moeller can provide third party expertise in ensuring workplace safety for their employees and in communicating that safety to them. Dade Moeller also can help companies with “translating” radiation-related reports from government and media sources, assuring customers of the safety of products, and training corporate leadership on radiation protection. Companies that would like to learn more about how Dade Moeller can help should contact William “Bill” Herrington at 509-946-0410 x257.
Headquartered near the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford nuclear site in Richland, Wash., Dade Moeller is a nationally recognized occupational and environmental health sciences firm that provides a full range of professional and technical services to federal, state, and commercial clients in support of nuclear, radiological, and environmental operations. We specialize in radiation protection, health physics, worker safety, and radiation training. Our staff members are trusted professionals with proven performance helping our clients protect people and the environment. Founded in 1994, our Company proudly bears the name of Dr. Dade W. Moeller, a premier scientist and educator in the fields of health physics and environmental health.