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Regional workshop on assessment of occupational exposures due to intakes of radionuclides held in Kajang, Malaysia, 15-19 October 2012

Kajang, Malaysia

Regional workshop on assessment of occupational exposures due to intakes of radionuclides held in in Kajang, Malaysia under the Technical cooperation programme in Asia-Pacific region in cooperation with the Government of Malaysia through Nuclear Malaysia. The purpose of the Regional Workshop was to provide the participants from Asia-Pacific region with the basic knowledge and practical skills essential for the implementation of the relevant IAEA Safety Standards and to familiarise principles, concepts, methods and equipment used for dose assessment of exposure due to intakes of radionuclides, with emphasis on application to occupational radiation protection, to enhance participants’ awareness about the protection and safety requirements of the International Basis Safety Standards (BSS)-GSR Part-3 in occupational exposures with particular focus on internal dose estimation and to present and discuss the national capabilities for assessment of occupational exposure due to intakes of radionuclides.

The workshop was opened jointly by the Nuclear Malaysia (represented by the Deputy Director General) and IAEA (represented by the Technical officer). Twenty-eight participants from 19 Member States including the host country and two external experts attended the workshop. Specific sessions were held on BSS requirements for occupational exposure, designing a monitoring programme, current IAEA activities on occupational protection, direct monitoring methods especially whole body counting and indirect monitoring methods including urine and other excreta analysis as well as biokinetic models for inhalation and ingestion. In total 29 lectures sessions were provided covering the subjects; International standards, design of a monitoring programme, individual dose assessment, direct monitoring methods-detectors, measurement geometry, data analysis, operational considerations, indirect methods-biological and physical samples, sample preparation, radiochemical analysis and detection methods, biokinetic models for inhalation and ingestion, internal dosimetry software, quality management system and record keeping. Practical demonstrations were held at a Whole body counting facility, Liquid Scintillation measurements, uranium analysis of urine samples and alpha spectrometry laboratory. As part of the technical programme, the participants visited the dosimetric facilities at the University of Malaya Medical Centre.

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