>Posted by: Bill Dennis at September 1, 2002 03:18 PM


I am a former IAEA nuclear inspector so I can confirm the inspectors did get a reasonable amount of "slack" time in the office that they could spend web surfing. When I worked there I spent 130 days per year "in the field" doing inspections - since they figure it takes two days to report one day's activities that was pretty well the maximum that could be spent in the field (and then some).

Since I did all of my reports on a laptop in the field I was basically free to do whatever took my fancy when I was back in the office. Considering that portions of my time in the field were real hell on earth stuff, recovery time was a strict necessity. The inspectors travel to interesting and exotic locations and do mind-numbingly boring but important work under difficult circumstances.

Food poisoning - in my case around a dozen bouts in four years (listeria, camphlobacter, salmonella etc). Occasional 18 hour days at 45 Celsius, 90 percent humidity in a containment where it is illegal (and extremely unwise) to eat or drink. Occasional "incidents" resulting in unpleasant decontamination procedures. Car crashes, muggings and other unpleasantness. If it is inspectors logging on in work time - they deserve a bit of slack.

On the other hand - a lot of the people that work in IAEA admin are just slack - they should get back to work.


Posted by: Russell LESLIE at September 1, 2002 03:57 PM


I forgot to add - you talk - with great affection - of Prague in your blog. A lot of Czechs work at the VIC (Vienna International Centre) and the hop across the border is popular with most foreigners in Vienna. Maybe your Czechaphilia has something to do with it.


Posted by: Russell LESLIE at September 1, 2002 04:03 PM

Russell -- Wow, thanks! Hope you didn't get too poisoned out there....

Posted by: Matt Welch at September 1, 2002 07:42 PM
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