Regional Workshop on the BSS, Montevideo, Uruguay, May, 2013
The 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) took place in Montevideo, Uruguay, on 27-31 May 2013. The workshop was organized in cooperation with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and hosted by Uruguay's National Regulatory Authority for Radiation Protection (ARNR). The Director of the ARNR, Dr Walter Cabral, opened the workshop and welcomed the 52 participants from 17 IAEA Member States: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago and Uruguay. Three non-IAEA Member States, Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana and Suriname also participated in the workshop.
The workshop covered the following topics:
- Control of medical exposures
- Regulatory control of NORM
- New dose limit to the lens of the eye
- National radon strategies
- Dose constraints
- Consumer products, and
- Emergency preparedness and response
The workshop was highly interactive and took the form of a short overview presentation on each topic, followed by a general discussion. Working groups were established to discuss specific scenarios and examples. The scenarios were further discussed in plenary session which included all participants.
The workshop supported the early development of safety guides to assist with the implementation of the BSS and highlighted the need to review national legislation on radiation protection. Detailed guidance on implementation of, and ensuring compliance with, the new dose limit for the lens of the eye, and on managing the transition from an emergency exposure situation to an existing exposure situation were identified as priority issues.
As well as the need to continue to improve radiation protection in medicine, the participants identified greater harmonization in the control of foodstuffs and commodities in the aftermath of a nuclear or radiological accident as an important international issue.
Additional workshops on the BSS will take place in Africa and the Asia-Pacific region in October 2013.
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