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Occupational Radiation Protection

International Conference on Occupational Radiation Protection: Protecting Workers Against Exposure to Ionizing Radiation, Geneva, Switzerland, 26-30 August 2002

In order to address current occupational radiation protection issues, the first International Conference on Occupational Radiation Protection, hosted by the Government of Switzerland, was organized by the IAEA, which convened it jointly with the International Labour Organization, ILO. It was co-sponsored by the European Commission (EC) and held in co-operation with the World Health organization (WHO), the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and also with the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), the International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements (ICRU), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) and the International Society of Radiology (ISR).

The Conference, which was held at the Headquarters of ILO, in Geneva, was structured so as to obtain the views of stakeholders- i.e. regulators, employers, workers and radiation protection professionals. It was attended by 324 participants from 70 countries and 13 organizations.

The Conference was the first international conference covering the whole area of occupational radiation protection. A number of specific recommendations emerged from the Conference, which noted that, in general terms, occupational radiation protection over the past few decades has been a success story for the international radiation protection community. Consistently improving trends are found in many key performance indicators, but the picture is not so clear or encouraging for exposures in medicine and industry, nor for exposures to natural sources, especially in the mining of ores other than uranium. This is important, as these are the principal types of exposure encountered globally.

The findings and recommendations of the Conference were considered in September 2002 by the IAEA General Conference, which requested the IAEA's Director General "…to look into the possibility of the IAEA co-operating with the International Labour Organization and other relevant bodies in formulating and implementing…an international action plan for occupational radiation protection". An agreed draft action plan, developed in consultation with ILO and reviewed by the organizations involved in the Geneva Conference, and also by the programme committee, chairpersons, keynote speakers, rapporteurs and panellists will be presented to the IAEA Board of Governors and General Conference in September 2003.

The Proceedings of the Conference include all the presentations and discussions, summaries of each session and the findings and recommendations as well as the contributed papers on a CD-ROM.

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