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IAEA questionnaires on occupational exposures to NORM in the water supply and treatment industry

The Information System on Occupational Exposure in Medicine, Industry and Research has been developed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to enable the assessment of the impact of various radiation protection actions in different facilities and activities  and forms a database containing detailed information on operational occupational doses for comparison and benchmarking of doses for specific occupations, functions and tasks and has been extended for industrial processes involving naturally occurring radioactive material (ISEMIR-N).

In response to the IAEA General Conference Resolution GC(64)/RES/9, requesting the Secretariat to strengthen their capabilities for the realistic assessment of radiological impacts of material containing enhanced levels of NORM, the IAEA has launched a global survey specific to the water supply and treatment industry as a part of ISEMIR‑N.

The questionnaires are available for download in six languages and should be completed and returned by email to ISEMIR-N.Contact-Point@iaea.org. Online versions are available in English for operators and regulatory bodies. Deadline: 15 March 2021.

For more information and to download the questionnaires see the information in the righthand column on this page, under the heading 'NORM questionnaires'.

 


Third EURADOS webinar: Accreditation of individual monitoring services  

EURADOS Working Group 2 (WG2) 'Harmonization of Individual Monitoring in Europe' will present the three short seminars covering: ISO/IEC guidance for individual monitoring services: overview of the EURADOS Report 2020–02 (Biljana Petrovic, PHIRS); QC Example: Dummy Customer (Francesco Rossi, AOU Careggi University Hospital); and accreditation experience (Ana M. Romero, CIEMAT).  

The webinar will take place on 10 March 2021 at 2.30 pm CET.

Register here >>

 


IAEA launches new online training course in occupational radiation protection

The IAEA has released new training material on occupational radiation protection. The material is based on GSG‑7, which provides general guidance on the development of occupational radiation protection programmes in accordance with the requirements of GSR Part 3, and addresses the sources of radiation likely to be encountered in workplaces. 

The course is publicly available in English within the IAEA’s learning management system.

View the course >>

 


International NORM X Symposium: first announcement released 

Under the auspices of the Dutch Society for Radiation Protection (NVS), the Dutch foundation Radiation Protection Symposium North-West Europe is organizing the 10th international symposium on NORM to take place 9–13 May, 2022, in Utrecht, Netherlands. The theme will be '25 years of NORM Symposia. Future: residues applied in a circular economy'. 

First announcement >>

Event flyer >>

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EURADOS call for Calibration Laboratory for IC2022n, deadline 28 February 2021 

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EURADOS-WG2 ('Harmonisation of Individual Monitoring') intends to organize a European intercomparison exercise in the field of personal neutron dosimetry (IC2022n) to be announced end of 2021. Approximately 30 individual monitoring services (participants) are expected to send their routine whole body dosemeters to this intercomparison.

EURADOS is seeking a Calibration Laboratory to perform the irradiation tests during Summer 2022. If you are interested, please request a questionnaire from marie-anne.chevallier@irsn.fr. Questionnaires must be submitted by 28 February 2021.

More information >>


 

EURADOS to hold webinar on workplace exposure facilities at CERN 

The second webinar of the European Radiation Dosimetry Group (EURADOS) webinar series will cover workplace exposure facilities at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN): the CERN-EU high-energy Reference Field facility (CERF) and the CERN Shielding Benchmark Facility (CSBF). It will be presented by Working Group 11: High energy radiation fields. 

The webinar will be held on Tuesday, 19 January 2021 at 4pm (GMT). Participation is free. 

Register here>>


 

IRPA Guiding Principles in Optimisation of Radiation Protection: draft 2 ready for review 

IRPA_ORPNET.pngIRPA Associate Societies and international organizations are invited to review and comment on the second draft of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) Guiding Principles on Reasonableness in Optimisation of Radiation Protection. (Please note the slight change of title.)

The second draft is considered to reflect views from within the profession but must also take into account wider perspectives. Comments should be submitted by 31 January 2021.

 More details >>


 

EURADOS to Launch New Webinar Series Starting Thursday 17 Decembe

EURADOS webinar series launch2.pngThe European Radiation Dosimetry Group (EURADOS) will launch a new webinar series this month as part of its online activity in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The first webinar will be presented by Working Group 10: Retrospective Dosimetry and is entitled, EURADOS WG 10 and RENEB 2019 biological and physical retrospective dosimetry field test. Participation is free.
Register here>>


 

New Vacancy Announcement

The Division of Radiation, Transport, and Waste Safety (NSRW) at IAEA is seeking the next Radiation Safety Technical Services Unit Head. 

Learn more » 

          

 

ORPAS Guidelines have been published

The IAEA’s Occupational Radiation Protection Appraisal Service (ORPAS) is one of the review missions of the IAEA  to advise Member States, upon request, on ways to strengthen and enhance their legislative and regulatory infrastructure for occupational radiation protection; technical services relating to protection and safety and practical implementation of their arrangements for occupational radiation protection.

These ORPAS Guidelines provide Guidance to host countries, peer reviewers and IAEA Coordinators on the preparation, conduct and reporting of ORPAS missions and follow-up missions.

Read more »

 

 

Inter-Agency Committee on Radiation Safety (IACRS) Statement on Managing Exposure due to Radon at Home and at Work


IACRS notes that national authorities consider that the requirements in GSR Part 3 for managing radon exposure in homes and workplaces continue to be appropriate and do not need to be changed at this time. Read more »

 


 

IAEA Releases a New Dose Management System (DMS)


The Dose Management System (DMS) for African Member States has been released by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The DMS is a software developed under the IAEA Technical Cooperation Project RAF9057: “Strengthening National Capabilities on Occupational Radiation Protection in compliance with Requirements of the New International Basic Safety Standards” with the aim to assist Member States in enhancing the monitoring capability of occupationally exposed workers. Read more »

 

 

The Safety Report on Occupational Radiation Protection in the Uranium Mining and Processing Industry (SR-100) now published as an e-book


The IAEA is implementing a new book production process that allows for the creation of e-books along with the usual hard copies and pdfs. The Safety Report on Occupational Radiation Protection in the Uranium Mining and Processing Industry (SR-100) is among the first to be produced in this way. Access the Report »

 

 

EURADOS Intercomparison 2016 for Whole Body Dosemeters in Photon and Mixed Radiation Fields


European Radiation Dosimetry Group has published a new repot EURADOS Intercomparison 2016 for Whole Body Dosemeters  in Photon and Mixed Radiation Fields. It describes the set-up of the fifth intercomparison exercise for whole body dosemeters, IC2016, and gives an extended overview of the results. Access the Report »

 

 

IAEA Laboratory for Occupational Radiation Monitoring Receives New International Accreditation


The IAEA’s laboratory providing radiation monitoring and protection services has recently received its accreditation to a newly published revised edition of an international standard, certifying that it meets the highest level of quality in consistent operation and impartiality. Full story »

 

 

IAEA webinar: Individual monitoring with radiophotoluminescence (RPL) passive integrating dosimeters


On 24 June at 10 AM CEST, the IAEA held a webinar on the individual monitoring with radiophotoluminescence (RPL) passive integrating dosimeters.

Speakers were Burçin Okyar, Michael Hajek, and Roman Abutalipov from IAEA, and Yasuhiro Koguchi from Japan, and Alain Savary from France. Recording »

 

 

IAEA Publishes 2019 ISEMIR-IR Annual Report


The IAEA Information System on Occupational Exposure in Medicine, Industry and Research (ISEMIR-IR) focuses on optimization of radiation protection in industrial radiography. The report contains a review of the system, an actual status of the database and a summary of activities for the year of 2019. 


Go to the Report » 

 

World Day of Safety and Health at Work: New Safety Report on Occupational Radiation Protection in the Uranium Mining and Processing Industry


The annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work is celebrated on 28 April, and to commemorate it, we are presenting a recent IAEA Safety Report providing hands-on guidance for regulators, operators, workers representatives, health, safety and environmental professionals on occupational radiation protection. 

Full story » 

 

IAEA Webinar: COVID-19 and Health Workers: Radiation Protection


The recording of the webinar with IAEA and worldwide experts is now online.  Full story »

 

 

 

EURADOS recommendations  to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic


These recommendations are issued as a guide for the operation of Individual Monitoring Services (IMS), Calibration Laboratories and other stakeholders involved in dosimetry during the current COVID-19 pandemic.  Full story »

 


 

Call for Papers for the IAEA International Conference on Radiation Safety due 15 April


Those interested have until 15 April to submit extended abstracts for oral presentations or posters for the International Conference on Radiation Safety, to be held in Vienna from 9 to 13 November 2020.  Full story »

 

 

Call for Papers: Management of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) in Industry


isoe.jpgInterested contributors have until 27 March 2020 to submit abstracts for the International Conference on the Management of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) in Industry, to be held in Vienna, 19-23 October 2020.  Full story »

 

 

Sri Lanka on the Way to Harmonize Occupational Radiation Protection with the International Basic Safety Standards


isoe.jpg Sri Lanka’s programme to monitor workers exposed to radiation through their jobs is well-established and would benefit from long-term planning, sustainable coordination and stronger cooperation and consultation among stakeholders. This was the conclusion of an IAEA Occupational Radiation Protection Appraisal Service (ORPAS) mission to the country conducted in December 2019.  Full story »     


safety culture.pngICRP Publication 142 on Radiological Protection from Naturally Occuring Radioactive Material (NORM) in Industrial Processes, is now available from the SAGE Publishing website. More information»

 

 

 

 

 

The 2019 ISOE International Symposium Successfully Organized in Beijing


isoe.jpgThe 2019 ISOE International Symposium on Occupational Exposure Management at Nuclear Facilities was held from 22to 24 October 2019 in Beijing, China. The symposium was organized by the ISOE IAEA Technical Centre in collaboration with the Nuclear and Radiation Safety Centre (NSC) and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China.  Full story »

 

 

The Way Forward to Boost the Effectiveness on Radiation Dosimetry through ARADOS


safety culture.png The Fifth Asian Radiation Dosimetry Group (ARADOS) Annual meeting, hosted by the National Institute for Radiological Protection (NIRP) / China CDC and the National Institute of Metrology (NIM) / China was organized in Beijing/China from 6 to 8 November 2019.  Full story »

 

 

NORM IX Symposium concludes


safety culture.png The Ninth International Symopisum on Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM IX) was organized from 23 to 27 September 2019 in Denver, USA.  The Symposium conluded with messages on Science, Awareness and Solutions for the Safe Management on NORM. Full story »

 

 

Training Course on Occupational Radiation Protection in Mining and Processing of Uranium

The Training Course on Occupational Radiation Protection in Mining and Processing of Uranium was organized from 9 to 13 September 2019 in Almaty/ Kazakhstan in collaboration with the Government of Kazakhstan through NAC Kazatomprom JSC and hosted by Kazakhstan Nuclear University. Full story »




safety culture.pngThe European ALARA Network has published a book on the ALARA principle, titled Optimization of Radiological Protection - ALARA: A Practical Guidebook. The guidebook intends to give a clear and practical picture of what is ALAEA and how to apply it. More information»

 

 


 

 

Passive personal neutron dosemetres: revision of ISO 21909-1 standard

nepal.png During the last annual meeting of ISO, it was decided to revise Part 1 of the 21909 standards, published in 2015. The ISO working group, through EURADOS network, would like to get feedback from IMSs to identify any big issue and take it into account. The deadline for sending comments on the ISO 21909-1:2015 is 13 October 2019. More information»

 

 

BOOKLET to Provide Basic Information Regarding Health Effects of Radiation

nepal.png The Ministry of the Environment of the Government of Japan has made available the English version of the BOOKLET to Provide Basic Information Regarding Health Effects of Radiation (1st Edition). This Booklet was prepared in 2012 by the National Institute of Radiological Sciences, National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology and has been utilized in training sessions targeting people engaging in health and medical care, welfare, and education or on other occasions with the aim of fostering personnel who can respond to residents' worries and concerns about their health in Fukushima and neighboring prefectures. This English version is addressed to foreign nationals residing in Japan or visiting Japan or those interested in Japan to obtain basic knowledge on health effects of radiation and correctly understand changes in circumstances and efforts being made in Japan. Visit the website »

 

Nepal’s single individual monitoring service for assessment of external exposure is in progress to extend the service for all occupationally exposed workers in the country

nepal.png An expert mission to review the occupational radiation protection arrangements in the country and to make suggestions for possible improvements in the individual monitoring service laboratory operated by the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) was conducted from 1 to 3 July 2019. Meeting report »

 

 

Supporting the International Dosimetry Chain: IAEA Symposium on Medical Radiation Dosimetry Concludes

safety culture.png Over 400 experts discussed how to ensure accurate measurements in radiation dosimetry at the IAEA’s International Symposium on Standards, Applications and Quality Assurance in Medical Radiation Dosimetry, which took place in Vienna from 18 to 21 June. Full story »

          

 

2018 Edition of the IAEA Safety Glossary has been published

 

safety culture.png The ORPNET is pleased to announce that the 2018 Edition of the IAEA Safety Glossary has been published online.

The 2018 Edition of the Safety Glossary takes into account new terminology and usage in all safety standards issued since 2007. Please use the IAEA Safety Glossary in your work and note that worker is defined as "any person who works, whether full time, part time or temporarily, for an employer and who has recognized rights and duties in relation to occupational radiation protection.  A self-employed person is regarded as having the duties of both an employer and a worker".

 

NORM IX Symposium - Registration is now open

internal-dosimetry.png CRCPD is pleased to announce that registration for NORM IX Symposium is now open. Learn how NORM is managed around the world and discuss safety and environmental impacts from NORM, as well as best practices for NORM Management. The Symposium will include presentations, posters, training and round table sessions from industry representatives, scientists, regulators and other stakeholders.

NORM IX will be hosted for the first time in the United States, in beautiful downtown Denver, Colorado, 23-27 September 2019. View the flyer and agenda attached to learn more, or visit www.CRCPD.org/NORMIX to register for this exciting event. 

 

Safety Culture in Focus at a Regional Meeting hosted by Chile

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Participants from 14 Caribbean and Latin American countries whose work involve nuclear or other radioactive material strengthened their ability to use analysis of radiological and other accidents to strengthen safety culture during a recent IAEA-organized meeting in Santiago de Chile. Full story »

           

 

Workshop Highlights How to Strengthen Occupational Radiation Protection

occupational.png How to strengthen protection of workers exposed to radiation in their jobs by using a new IAEA Safety Standard on Occupational Radiation Protection (GSG-7) was the focus of a recent workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, organized by the IAEA and the International Labour Organization (ILO) in collaboration with Brazil. Full story »

 

 

IAEA Hosts New Training Course on Internal Dosimetry

internal-dosimetry.png The IAEA hosted a new training course organized by the European Radiation Dosimetry Group (EURADOS) this week, enabling 30 entry-level internal dosimetry professionals to learn about monitoring for occupational intakes of radionuclides.The course, which is planned to be held every two years, focused on a European Commission Radiation Protection Series guidance document developed by EURADOS. Full story »

 

Meeting report: The SSDL of Algeria successfully hosted the 2018 African Regional Intercomparison Exercise on Individual Monitoring for External Exposure

The Working Group Meeting to review the results of the regional intercomparison exercise on individual monitoring in the African region, was held 25-27 February 2019 in the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria. The meeting was attended by experts from Algeria, Ghana and Tanzania. The experts performed a review of the results of the regional intercomparison exercise, delivered guidance for future improvements in the area of individual monitoring for external exposure and proposed an action plan for future intercomparison exercises.Full story »

 

Meeting report: The Joint IAEA/ARPANSA Regional Intercomparison Exercise on Individual Monitoring for External Exposure 2018 concluded

The 2018 Intercomparison Exercise announced in January 2018 focused on external monitoring, specifically on passive dosimeters (such as TLD, OSL, RPL and film) used for the assessment of Hp(10) and/or Hp(0.07). An evaluation workshop to discuss the Intercomparison Exercise and finalise the report was conducted in 19-21 February 2019. Full story »

 

 

5th International Symposium on the System of Radiological Protection

The Australasian Radiation Protection Society (ARPS) and Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) organizes the 5th International Symposium on the System of Radiological Protection from 19 to 23 November 2019 in Australia. Full story »


 

The 2019 ISOE International Symposium on Occupational Exposure Management at Nuclear Facilities

The IAEA Technical Centre of the Information System on Occupational Exposure (ISOE), in collaboration with the Nuclear and Radiation Safety Centre, Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China is organizing the 2019 ISOE International Symposium on Occupational Exposure Management at Nuclear Facilities. The Symposium will be held in Beijing, China, from 22th to 24th October 2019. Full story »

 

A Sample NDR is Available at AFAN Website

A sample National Dose Registry is now available by the National Institute for Radiological Protection, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is a test version available for downloads at the official web-site of African ALARA Network (AFAN) Full story »


 

 

IAEA Helps Bosnia and Herzegovina Strengthen Occupational Radiation Protection

Bosnia and Herzegovina has a well-built infrastructure for protecting its approximately 3,000 workers who are exposed to radiation as part of their jobs, according to the conclusions of a recent Occupational Radiation Protection Appraisal Service (ORPAS), the second to be hosted by a European country. Full story »


 

The First NORM Webinar Held by IAEA: Development of a Regulatory Framework for Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material

The series of NORM webinars will address the different aspects of proper worker protection in industrial activities involving NORM, including regulatory framework, realistic dose assessment, role of Technical Support Organisations, and involvement of stakeholders. The very first webinar will provide an overview of the regulatory framework for proper control of occupational exposure, consistent and pragmatic approaches for the management and regulation on NORM. Full story »

 

Now Available: Two New IAEA Safety Guides on Radiation Protection of Patients and of Workers

Two new IAEA safety guides provide extensive recommendations and guidance to enhance radiation protection of patients subjected to radiological procedures for diagnosis and treatment, and workers who are exposed to radiation in their jobs. The guides support the implementation of IAEA Safety Standards on radiation protection and safety of radiation sources. Full story »

 

Regional Meeting on the Organization and Implementation of the National Dose Registry

The Regional Meeting on the Organization and Implementation of the National Dose Registry (NDR) was organized by the Government of Botswana through the Radiation Protection Inspectorate, in Gaborone, Botswana, 13-17 August 2018. The meeting was a planned activity under the IAEA Regional Technical Cooperation Project, RAF9057 Strengthening National Capabilities on Occupational Radiation Protection in Compliance with Requirements of the New International Basic Safety Standards. Full story »