The Information System on Occupational Exposure in Medicine, Industry and Research (ISEMIR)
Keywords: Worldwide, inter-sectors, IAEA supported, website
The ISEMIR has been set up by the IAEA in January 2009 to be focussed on very specific topical areas where radiation protection stakes for the workers are not trivial, and where there are still pending issues and gaps The first two selected areas are:
- the interventional cardiology and
- the industrial radiography.
2009 – 2011 is a test period for ISEMIR.
To help to improve occupational radiation protection programmes in medical, research and industrial areas:
- to facilitate the implementation of ALARA practices and effective exposure management;
- to internationally benchmark specific tasks-related occupational exposures in order to identify good practices as well as gaps; and
- to define follow-up actions to address identified gaps and disseminate lessons learnt.
To contribute to minimizing the likelihood of accidents, e.g. by identifying pre-cursors, user feedback and experience.
The ISEMIR is coordinated by the IAEA assisted by an Advisory Group with representatives of international organisations such as UNSCEAR, EC, NEA/OECD as well as the five main world regions. For each topical area a working group is set up with experts covering that area in a comprehensive way (professions, type of radiation usages, geographical regions…).
They will be defined progressively by the working groups and proposed to the Advisory Group and IAEA. One main objective is to set up a data-base regularly updated on radiological protection data dealing with each topic. Guidance are also expected. Workshops might be envisaged.