Occupational exposure to radiation can occur as a result of various human activities, including work associated with the different stages of the nuclear fuel cycle; the use of radiation in medicine, scientific research, agriculture and industry.
The IAEA Fundamental Safety Principles (SF-1) present the fundamental safety objective and principles of protection and safety. Requirements designed to meet the fundamental safety objective and to apply the safety principles specified in the Fundamental Safety Principles, including requirements for the protection of workers exposed to sources of radiation, are established in Radiation Protection and Safety of Radiation Sources: International Basic Safety Standards, General Safety Requirements, No. GSR Part 3 and Preparedness and Response for a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency, General Safety Requirements, No. GSR Part 7. Worker protection aspects of radiation protection programme or emergency response plans in relation with high radiation areas requires worker information through well-established training programmes similar to other routine activities.
IAEA-developed training material on occupational radiation protection during high exposure operations (HEO), including twelve modules, based on GSR Part 3 to provide basic background and an overview of practical experience for protection of workers and others involved in preparation and conduct of unusual operations and radiation controls of facilities during an event with high occupational exposure, including operation and radiation control of the facilities in question.
Approved training packages may be copied, distributed, displayed, incorporated in customized presentations and used for non-commercial use as long as the source of the material is referenced to the IAEA approved training package.