B.4 (2): Strengthening Occupational Radiation Protection at Future Intensified Activities to Improve Safety within Nuclear Facilities
The national systems for protection of health and safety of workers who are occupationally exposed to ionizing radiation need to be strengthened in the participating countries to ensure compliance with the IAEA International Basic Safety Standards and related Safety Guides. Particular emphasis has to be given to upcoming increased activities in implementation of internationally harmonized review methodologies concerning safety in NPP’s, e.g. at Stress Tests.
Moreover the requirement to implement a radiation protection programme at facilities is not fully met by every end user. Furthermore, the upcoming Stress Tests require specific and high level knowledge on facility design and activities to be conducted. The number of such skilled and qualified people is low and it is expected that the particular work will be done by contracted skilled experts (also called itinerant workers) who go from one installation to the other. This situation requests a particular individual monitoring and protection of human health.
To strengthen the occupational radiation protection, ensuring a harmonized approach in working with exposure to ionizing radiation for improvement of safety in nuclear facilities.
- Strengthened occupational radiation protection in NPPs, since the results of stress tests may require more inspections, plant maintenance and modifications in work areas with high radiation fields;
- Improved and harmonized national programmes for occupational radiation protection, and policies and procedures for monitoring and control of itinerant workers.
Beneficiary Countries: All Member States
This project is part of the IAEA’s approved Programme and Budget for 2014-15 and is included under IAEA Project 220.127.116.11 on “Radiation Protection of Workers”. The project is conducted by the IAEA with supplementary funding from the European Union.
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