ІV International Forum Innovation Market Participants’ Poll on Radiation Security During Shopping

ІV International Forum Innovation Market, which took place in November 2019 in Kyiv gathered innovators, inventors, startup founders, businessmen, investors, scientists and all interested in innovation market in Ukraine. But how does advanced and educated public control their own radiation security in daily life? We learned from participators of the event.


Anatoliy, 55, natural sciences scholar

Do you buy ornamentals from natural gems and do you know how to check safety of such purchase? 

I buy very rarely, just for present or similar occasion. But I never check. Once I had a hired dosimeter and measured radiation background in my apartment and foodstuffs I bought. I didn’t find any increase of radiation. 

Do you buy foodstuffs at market and do you ask for documents that certify radiation security of these foodstuffs?

Once I was buying mushrooms and asked for a document and heard: “What document”? It remains only to take on trust what the salespeople say… You won’t take a dosimeter each time you go shopping, will you? That’s why I don’t buy at market any more. As a rule, they don’t provide any certificates at market, especially on radiation security. I guess it is worth some money.

My point is: there should be a government service to seek for contaminated areas and isolate them immediately so that nobody could take food (apples, mushrooms etc) and metal and other out.

Have you ever bought antiques and as for you is this purchase safe from the standpoint of radiation security?

I don’t know, because I have never bought antiques. But my idea is: every person should have got a dosimeter. It is necessary to start production of mass (that is cheap) dosimeters which would let measure at least gamma rays.


Mykola, 37, café owner

Do you buy ornamentals from natural gems and do you know how to check safety of such purchase?

I don’t buy and don’t know either.

Do you buy foodstuffs at market and do you ask for documents that certify radiation security of these foodstuffs? 

I try to buy food for my café in big shops to know that they are certified.

Have you ever bought antiques and as for you is this purchase safe from the standpoint of radiation security?

I don’t know how to secure myself. I understand that such purchase is like a pig in a poke — it can be radioactive, from Chornobyl of some other area. And I have no idea how to verify this.


Oleg, 55, ecologist

Do you buy ornamentals from natural gems?

No, I don’t.

Do you know how to check safety of such purchase?

I don’t know, because I don’t buy.

Do you buy foodstuffs at market and do you ask for documents that certify radiation security of these foodstuffs? 

I buy nearly never. And if I do I learn which area that food is taken from. I know in general which areas are contaminated intensively. 

Have you ever bought antiques and as for you is this purchase safe from the standpoint of radiation security? 

Oh, I am the antique myself (laughs). No, I have never bought.


Hanna, 18, student

Do you buy ornamentals from natural gems and do you know how to check safety of such purchase? 

I bought for my mother. But I don’t know how to check their safety.

Do you buy foodstuffs at market and do you ask for documents that certify radiation security of these foodstuffs?

My Mom buys at market. She makes some purchase at an acquaintance of hers, and that milk is time-proved.

Have you ever bought antiques

No, I don’t have so much money.

Just in theory, would such purchase be safe?

My Dad once hung an icon of 18th century. But radiation and icon — I don’t know.

Maybe you have got any ideas how to secure yourself and whether it is safe or not at all? 

Gems may be absorbing something. I suggest that they absorb radiation, and if I buy anything old and used and wear it then I will absorb it myself. That’s why I would like not to wear them.


Yuliya, 35, scientist

Do you buy ornamentals from natural gems and do you know how to check safety of such purchase?

I don’t know how to check, but I plan such purchase in future.

Do you buy foodstuffs at market and do you ask for documents that certify radiation security of these foodstuffs? 

I buy food but never ask for certificates. The person at whom I make purchase is familiar to me.

Have you ever bought antiques and as for you is this purchase safe from the standpoint of radiation security? 

It must be unsafe. But I have never bought and have no intention to do this — I have not thought up yet what to buy.


Lesia, 36, university lecturer

Do you buy ornamentals from natural gems and do you know how to check safety of such purchase? 

I used to buy in past. I guess, there are some devices for checking but I can hardly name any of them.

Do you buy foodstuffs at market and do you ask for documents that certify radiation security of these foodstuffs?

Yes, I do, but from the official outlets, not from the unregulated ones. I usually buy at the same places, that’s why I hope the market certifies them.

Have you ever bought antiques and as for you is this purchase safe from the standpoint of radiation security? 

No, I think. I can’t recall. But to my mind this may be dangerous because a lot of stuff was taken out from Prypyat. And an antique may easily turn out to be a thing from Prypyat. That is why you had better checked the thing at least after it had been purchased. If you don’t have any measuring device you may turn to the authorities in charge of this. I’m sure it is possible to have a rarity screened.


Oleksiy, 18, student

Do you buy ornamentals of natural gems and do you know how to check safety of such purchase?

Of gems — no, I don’t. It is possible to check, with dosimeter, for instance, of to conduct analysys of gem’s structure.

Do you buy foodstuffs at market?

I don’t do my shopping at markets.

In your opinion, does the food sold by supermarkets have certificates that ensure their radiation security?

I’m convinced that one can request such documents in supermarkets and they would provide them.

Have you ever bought antiques and as for you is this purchase safe from the standpoint of radiation security? 

No, I haven’t bought them. My point is that if a rarity is connected to the theme of Prypyat and Chornobyl it is quite unsafe.

How can one secure oneself? 

To have the thing analysed, use a dosimeter, inquire the salesperson after the thing.


Maksym, 19, student

Do you buy ornamentals from natural gems and do you know how to check safety of such purchase? 

No, I haven’t ever bought them. But if goods are sold in mass stores the purchase is most likely certified.

Do you buy foodstuffs at market and do you ask for documents that certify radiation secutiry of these foodstuffs?

I did it, but did not ask for any documents.

Have you ever bought antiques?

No, I haven’t.

How safe is this purchase from the standpoint of radiation security?

It is rather dangerous.

 

 

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