The Act empowers the Board to establish committees to enquire into and advise the Board on such matters within the scope of the functions of the board. In this respect the Board established the Nuclear Security Committee and the Scientific Committee to advice it on matters elaborated below:
Nuclear Security Committee
The Board recognizes that Namibia is, like any other country, vulnerable to malicious or unauthorized acts involving radioactive or nuclear material. In order to protect people against the disastrous consequences of a malicious act or accident situation it is absolutely necessary to establish a regulatory and institutional framework to ensure the security of all material. In this regard it is important to determine the security and radiological risks associated with the current inventories of radioactive and nuclear material and establish requirements, infrastructure and capabilities to prevent or respond to nuclear security threats.
Therefore the Board has commissioned the Nuclear Security committee to conduct a threat assessment and to propose requirements with which persons and facilities must comply with to ensure the security of nuclear or radioactive material. Such requirements must include physical protection measure to prevent the occurrence of any malicious act; or should such act occur the committee should propose measures necessary to respond effectively to such act. The Board has further tasked the Committee to assess the extent of potential accident scenarios which might call for a response at national level and how the Board may advise relevant national institutions on the capacity and capabilities necessary to respond to the risk.
The Committee is under the leadership of Ms M Hitenanye (Board member) and deputized by Ms H Itamba (Board member) with representation from the Ministries of Mines & Energy; Foreign Affairs; Finance; Defence; Home Affairs and Immigration; Safety and Security; Finance (Customs), and Office of the President.
The Board takes cognizance of the concerns of the workers and the public about the health effects of human exposure to both ionizing and non-ionising radiation and their right to be adequately protected. For this reason the Board established the Scientific Committee to advise it on scientific and technical matters relating to exposure to radiation.
The current work of the Committee centres on the need for the establishment of a regulatory regime for protection against sources of non-ionising radiation such as exposure from Mobile Phone Towers. The Committee is currently consulting locally and also considering the regulatory practices applied in other countries with the view to advise on the appropriate measure to adopt for protection against sources of non-ionising radiation.
The Committee is led by Dr S C Herman (Board member)