Strengthening cooperation in the area of radiation safety technical services
The IAEA Department of Nuclear Safety and Security (NS) and the Institut De Radioprotection Et De Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN) in Fontenay-aux-Roses, France, agreed upon Practical Arrangements on 27 March 2014. Signatories to the Arrangements were Deputy Director General, NS, Denis Flory, and Director General, IRSN, Jacques Repussard. The Practical Arrangements set forth the framework for cooperation between the IAEA and IRSN in the area of radiation safety technical services. The primary user of the Arrangements will be the Individual Monitoring Services Group in the Radiation Safety Technical Services Unit. The objective is to ensure back-up capabilities are in place, and to ensure routine and emergency monitoring capabilities are continuously available. The activities in which cooperation is to be pursued include the following:
- Individual monitoring for assessing occupational exposure due to external sources of photon, neutron and beta radiation (whole body, extremity and lens of the eye dosimetry)
- Irradiation, calibration and verification services for equipment and dosimeters at IRSN SSDL facilities
- Whole body counter measurements (high energy photons above 100 keV)
- Indirect methods of measurement of alpha, beta and gamma emitters in human excreta (urine, faecal, saliva and nose blow samples)
- Dose assessment for routine and special monitoring (including monitoring when dose limits have been exceeded), if needed
- Design and potential improvements of the Quality Management System.