“The concept of a 'graded approach' is commonly found in regulations and standards, e.g. in IAEA Safety Guides 2 , ICRP Publications 3 etc. The definition of a graded approach may vary across organizations but the broad principle is that the requirements to manage an activity or practice are commensurate with the level of risk and potential hazards of the activity/practice ... ”
This article on the Graded Approach for Workplaces in the Context of the Implementation of Directive Euratom 2013/59 is the synthesis of an EAN and ERPAN brainstorming meeting and survey. It is published in the European ALARA Network newsletter.
The course entitled Management and Control of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) provides guidance based on GSG-7 on fulfilling the requirements of GSR Part 3 with respect to worker protection in industrial processes/operations involving NORM. The course includes 15 modules, takes around 7 hours to complete and offers guidance on: regulatory control (focusing on the application of a graded approach); the characterization of NORM and the assessment of exposures; and the transport of NORM.
Before taking this course, participants are advised to complete the training on Occupational Radiation Protection based on General Safety Guide No. GSG-7.
The course is publicly available in English within the IAEA’s learning management system and offers a certificate of completion.
La Red de Optimización de Protección Radiológica Ocupacional en Latinoamérica y el Caribe (REPROLAM) coordinada por Brasil, ha ofreciendo actualmente tres seminarios web para el año 2021.
Los temas incluyen: evaluación de seguridad, registro nacional de dosis y dosimetría interna. El tercer y último seminario web se celebrará el 22 de abril con el título "Bases Para La Dosimetría Interna y Desafíos Actuales en La Región Latinoamericana y el Caribe". Los seminarios web realizados anteriormente están disponibles como grabaciones de video.
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This webinar will give initially specific information about internal dosimetry methods, the most common cytogenetic techniques used in biological dosimetry and EPR dosimetry applied to tooth enamel. Some real-case scenarios will be presented, for which dose estimates obtained from bioassay data as well as with biological and/or EPR dosimetry are compared and critically discussed. Most of the time internal exposures are accompanied by external exposures, which makes the interpretation of results very complicated.
The webinar will take place on 23 April 2021 at 2 pm CET.
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.
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.
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'.
EURADOS call for Calibration Laboratory for IC2022n, deadline 28 February 2021
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Questionnaires must be submitted by 28 February 2021.
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.
IRPA Guiding Principles in Optimisation of Radiation Protection: draft 2 ready for review
IRPA 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.
EURADOS to Launch New Webinar Series Starting Thursday 17 December
The 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.
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
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.
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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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 »
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 »
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 »
Interested 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’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 »
ICRP Publication 142 on Radiological Protection from Naturally Occuring Radioactive Material (NORM) in Industrial Processes, is now available from the SAGE Publishing website.
The 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 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 »
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 »
The 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.
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»
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 »
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 »
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 »
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".
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
agenda attached to learn more, or visit
www.CRCPD.org/NORMIX to register for this exciting event.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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 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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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