JAPAN | TEPCO urged to tighten workers’ radiation control

Posted on July 14, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | 14 July 2011

Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has urged the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to tighten controls on workers’ radiation exposure.

About 3,000 workers are struggling daily at the plant to contain the nuclear crisis.

The safety agency has been inspecting Tokyo Electric Power Company’s measures to protect them from exposure to radiation.

The agency says it has found 8 areas of concern and ordered TEPCO on Wednesday to take appropriate measures.

The agency said that TEPCO lacks information about subcontracting employees and ordered the company to boost the number of safety managers for such workers.

It also urged the utility to provide more full-face protective masks and make sure that plant workers wear them properly.

Since the nuclear crisis began in March, 6 workers have been exposed to radiation doses above the allowable emergency limit of 250 millisieverts. About 1,500 have still to receive medical checks for exposure to radiation.

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