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IAEA Reviews Nuclear Security in Belgium

11 December 2014 | An IAEA team concluded that the physical protection system in Belgium is robust, with a program of continuous improvement in place at both the operator and government level. The International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) team identified numerous good practices, and made a number of recommendations and suggestions to further improve nuclear security. The two-week mission, which concluded last week, reviewed the nation's nuclear security regime for nuclear material and associated facilities, as well as security... Full story »

Advocating For Strong 'Cradle To Grave' Control of Radioactive Sources

10 December 2014 | Taking a holistic approach to manage radioactive sources from 'cradle to grave' enhances safety and security, and enables countries to overcome limitations to obtain radioactive sources for use in health care, agriculture and industry, agreed participants at an IAEA workshop last week. The week-long workshop at IAEA headquarters in Vienna, entitled Design a Model Project for Applying the 'Cradle to Grave' Concept for the Control of Radioactive Sources, brought together 50 experts... Full story »

IAEA Concludes Operational Safety Review Mission at EDF France

9 December 2014 | An international team of nuclear safety experts led by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), today completed a review of corporate performance at the French electric utility company, Électricité de France S.A. (EDF). The Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) was assembled at the request of the French Government and noted a series of good practices and proposed suggestions to strengthen some safety measures. A "Corporate OSART" is an OSART mission organized to review the centralized... Full story »

The Next Frontier in Worker Radiation Protection

9 December 2014 | Protecting medical workers and those exposed to naturally occurring radiation, such as air crew and miners, is the next frontier in occupational radiation protection, participants of a conference on the subject in Vienna learned last week. “The international safety framework for protecting workers is well established and effective. However, implementation of some of these recommendations in some areas, such as medicine and work involving exposure to elevated levels of naturally occurring radiation, is complex,” said Michael Weber, Deputy Executive Director ... Full story »

Risks and Challenges of Radiation Exposure at Work

28 November 2014 | IAEA/ILO Conference Tackles Occupational Exposure and Protection. Millions of workers in medicine, construction, mining, shipping, agriculture and nuclear power are routinely exposed to ionizing radiation. These people are employed in commercial nuclear-power generation and decommissioning, in academic research, food processing, industrial imaging, weld-defect inspection, leak tracing, automobile-steel testing, mineral-deposits discovery, as surgeons and medical technicians. The need to more adequately... Full story »

IAEA Concludes Operational Safety Review Mission to Kola 3 and 4 Nuclear Power Plant

26 November 2014 | An IAEA-led international team of nuclear safety experts noted a series of good practices and made recommendations to reinforce some safety measures during a review of operational safety at the Russian Federation's Kola 3 and 4 Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) that concluded today. The Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) was assembled at the request of the Russian Federation. The in-depth review, which began 11 November, focused on aspects essential to the safe operation of the NPP... Full story »

IAEA Mission Concludes Peer Review of Zimbabwe's Radiation Regulatory Framework

24 November 2014 | Senior international nuclear safety and radiation protection experts today concluded a 10-day International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission to review the regulatory framework for radiation safety in Zimbabwe. The Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team made recommendations and suggestions to the Government and the Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe (RPAZ) to help them strengthen the effectiveness of the country's regulatory framework and functions in line with... Full story »

Moving Ahead: A new network to support the safe transport of radioactive material in Europe

14 November 2014 | In Vienna, Denis Flory, Head of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security met with Jarlath Duffy, Chairman of the European Association of Competent Authorities for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material (EACA) to discuss the origin and the development of the EACA. Furthermore, the membership, the vision, the objectives and the work of the Association were presented. The Association is an important example of how national regulators continue to harmonise their approach for the interpretation... Full story »

Overcoming Challenges: International TSO Conference Concludes in Beijing

12 November 2014 | Nuclear energy development, and the safety and security framework upon which it is based, requires access to a broad range of scientific and technical expertise. Qualified and appropriately trained personnel are needed by the regulatory body and the operator to help them develop safe, secure and sustainable nuclear power programmes. Currently, however, Member states – especially those embarking on nuclear energy - may not have the broad range of staffing required and therefore... Full story »

Comparative Results of Sea Water Analysis Show High Accuracy of Japanese Laboratories' Data

7 November 2014 | A comparison of results of sea water analysis done by the IAEA's and Japanese laboratories, as well as a proficiency test conducted with 30 laboratories worldwide, including 12 in Japan, have shown a high level of accuracy of the data received from Japan's laboratories, an IAEA expert told a news conference this week in Tokyo. "The results we have obtained to date are very good and should increase confidence that the data regularly reported by Japan presents an accurate picture... Full story »

Filling in the Resource Gaps: The Role of Technical and Scientific Support Organizations

24 October 2014 | Technical and Scientific Support Organizations (TSOs) comprise of competent, long-standing experts who deliver technical and scientific services to national nuclear regulatory authorities and industry. They also may advise governments to assist them in achieving the highest possible levels of safety and security for nuclear, waste management, radiation protection - independent of external interests... Full story »

Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources - IAEA concludes meeting of legal and technical experts

23 October 2014 | The IAEA has concluded an open-ended meeting of legal and technical experts to develop additional guidance to the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources.  The meeting addressed the need to develop internationally harmonized guidance for implementing the recommendations of the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources (the Code) in relation to the long-term management of disused... Full story »

Doing Training Better: A "Hands-On" Approach for Regulatory Inspection

2 October 2014 | The Egyptian Nuclear and Radiation Regulatory Authority hosted a workshop in Cairo, Egypt. The workshop provided practical information and hands-on experience to enable the participating countries to enhance their regulatory inspection programmes. The participants presented their national regulatory inspection programmes, including requirements and guidance for conducting inspections and methods for following up on findings, and identified good practices and areas that need improvement. Two international experts from the Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety of France and... Full story »

Kazakhstan Removes Stockpile of Fresh High Enriched Uranium Research Reactor Fuel

2 October 2014 | Kazakhstan has removed a stockpile of Russian-origin fresh high enriched uranium (HEU) fuel from the critical assembly of the WWR-K Research Reactor in Almaty. The fresh HEU, representing 10.2 kilograms of uranium mass, was sent to a secure storage facility in Russia on 29 September 2014. The HEU removal operation was managed by the IAEA, the Russian Federation, the United States and Kazakhstan, under the Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI). With the completion of this shipment... Full story »

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