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BSS Regional Workshop, Kiev, Ukraine, 2012

Insert image hereThe IAEA recently organized a regional workshop on the IAEA General Safety Requirements: GSR Part 3: Radiation Protection and Safety of Radiation Sources: International Basic Safety Standards (the BSS). The workshop was hosted by the State Nuclear Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNIU) and was held in Kiev, Ukraine, from 16 to 19 October 2012.

Following its approval by the IAEA’s Board of Governors in September 2011, GSR Part 3 was published in November 2011 and replaces the previous edition published in 1996. The purpose of this workshop was to discuss the changes to the 1996 edition that have been incorporated into the 2011 edition to consider how the BSS will be implemented in Member States, and to identify areas where further guidance is required.

The workshop was attended by 28 participants from 17 countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.


The workshop provided an overview of the IAEA Safety Standards and of the major changes made to the BSS in the revision process. This was followed by 12 sessions on topical areas where existing requirements have been significantly strengthened or new requirements added. Each session was introduced by an IAEA expert and short presentations by one or two Member States highlighted potential difficulties and concerns regarding national implementation. The subsequent discussion provided feedback on the key issues to be addressed in new and revised Safety Guides.


The main issues identified during the Workshop for which guidance is required include:

  • The implementation for workers of the new dose limit for the lens of the eye including requirements on dosimetry and personal protection equipment
  • Means for strengthening the application of justification in diagnostic imaging, including indicating when procedures are not appropriate
  • Guidance on legal decisions for security imaging
  • Guidelines for type approval of consumer products and harmonization of international trade
  • Approaches to clearance of bulk material with strongly heterogeneous content of radioactivity
  • Reference levels and guidelines of foodstuff export if the exporting country adopts lower concentrations than importing country  
  • The establishment of a reference level for radon in dwellings, including harmonization with national anti-smoking legislation
  • Guidance on radiation protection of emergency workers

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