BSS Regional Workshop, Manilla, Philippines, October, 2013
Second IAEA Regional Workshop on the implementation of the IAEA General Safety Requirements Part 3: Radiation Protection and Safety of Radiation Sources: International Basic Safety Standards (the BSS) - Manila, Philippines from 28 October -1 November 2013
The workshop was organized in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) and hosted by the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (NCR). It was held in Manila, Philippines from 28 October -1 November 2013. This was the second workshop on the implementation of the BSS to take place in Asia-Pacific region where Member States of Asian and Pacific region were invited to attend.
The purpose of the workshop was to discuss specific issues and topics identified at the first Asia-Pacific BSS implementation workshop as most significant for implementing BSS in Member States, and to identify areas where further guidance is required.
The workshop was attended by 42 participants from 10 countries: China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Malaysia, Philippines, Qatar, and Sri Lanka.
The workshop covered the following topics:
- Control of medical exposures (general requirements, diagnostic and intervention radiology, and radiotherapy)
- New dose limit to the lens of the eye
- Dose constraints
- Emergency preparedness and response
- Regulatory control of NORM
- Radon exposure protection
- Consumer products
Interactive discussions between the workshop participants were encouraged. Three working groups were established to discuss specific scenarios included in the Discussion Topic’s Brochure available to participants. The scenarios were further discussed in plenary sessions which included all participants.
The concluding session discussed the key issues from the workshop for the Agency to address during the development of new Safety Guides or the revision of existing Safety Guides as well as recommendations for the IAEA technical cooperation programme.
The further development of computerized systems of SAFRAD and SAFRON was advised by the workshop. The practical guidance on radiation protection of radiologists would be very useful for the application of new dose limit for the lens of the eye under conditions of old design of medical facilities. The existing training programmes for medical physicists including the application of dosimetric tools in nuclear medicine, radiotherapy and diagnostic radiology could be a good basis for the IAEA technical assistance.
In the area of emergency preparedness and response, the new safety guide on transition from the emergency exposure situation to the existing exposure situation was found to be of essential need.
The workshop has recommended continuing the IAEA programs related to radiation safety of NORM industries and consumer products. It was also mentioned that the practical guidance on training in the area of radon measurements represents the need for the countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
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