The Israeli Air Force makes extensive use of radiation emitting devices. In order to check and monitor the intensity of radiation, the Air Force is establishing a special unit which will closely follow the radiation emission levels and give safety solutions
The IAF has thousands of systems and devices that emit radiation, including electronic warfare systems, air defense systems, scattered radars of the control units, aircraft communication systems and more.
Precisely because of this, it was decided last week that by the beginning of 2012, within the air medical unit, a division for monitoring Radiation will be established.
While the need to monitor radiation levels has existed for years within the IAF, so far the task was carried out by two reserve soldiers. Now, given the necessary complexity and the availability of operational systems, the IAF decided to establish a body to handle the issue.
“The field of occupational health is growing ever stronger”, says Maj. Michal Silberberg, head of the department for occupational health. “The matter is under public and judicial scrutiny and safety warnings for workers’ health safety are becoming more stringent. So it was decided to establish an entire unit dedicated to the monitoring mission”.
The division will be responsible for periodic radiation monitoring of all IAF systems, at least once every two years. Inside the division will serve two regular service electronics technicians along with five non-commissioned and commissioned officers, one of whom will be an engineer from the electrical engineering unit.
The soldiers will go through each base, building in features to all new and already existing systems.
“This is a squad that will monitor all systems that emit radio or micro waves”, says Maj. Silberberg. “According to their findings, they will set a personal safety envelope for every person operating radiation-emitting systems. This is a task of great importance that will protect soldiers serving in the air force, create a safe work environment and ultimately ensure their health. “
There are future intentions of making the unit into a full branch, seeing as the growing importance of the field would require additional personnel. This industry will give solutions to other risk factors such as noise, working with hazardous materials, extreme heat and cold, etc.