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Regional Workshop on Implementation of GSR Part 3 - Requirements for Technical Service Providers

Chisinau, Moldova, 5-9 December 2016



Meeting Objectives

Protection and safety should be of paramount importance for all service providers that use radiation in their activities. The management system of a service provider using radiation is subject to the requirements and recommendations of all relevant IAEA Safety Standards. According to the requirements of the new International Basic Safety Standards (GSR Part 3), any technical service providers for protection and safety should be qualified by certain procedures.The services provided by technical service providers may be divided into two categories:

Consultancy and maintenance services, including:

  • Radiation safety consultancy
  • Shielding calculations
  • Modelling for dose assessment, containment and ventilation
  • Maintenance services covering both in-house operations and services contracted with an outside organization
  • Decontamination services for the decontamination of, for example, equipment and pipes

Calibration and testing and/or assay services, including:

  • Monitoring services, including individual monitoring, workplace monitoring and environmental monitoring
  • Calibration and calibration verification services for monitoring devices and radiation sources

The management system for service providers in radiation protection and safety should be graded to the scope of their activities and documented to the extent necessary to ensure the quality of the service provided. The service provider should document its management system, which may include policies, processes and procedures, and instructions. Within the framework of regional project “RER/9/140 – Strengthening Protection of Radiation Workers and Occupational Exposure Monitoring”, a Regional Workshop on Implementation of GSR Part 3 Requirements for Technical Service Providers was organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in collaboration with the Government of Moldova through the National Agency of Nuclear and Radiological Activities (NARNRA) in Chisinau/ Moldova between 5 to 9 December 2016.

Purposes

  • To increase the technical background of participants on how to improve national arrangements for assessment of the occupational exposure of workers, on the basis of individual monitoring through authorized or approved dosimetry service providers that operate under a quality management system according to the requirements of the new international basic safety standards (GSR Part 3)
  • To build common understanding on a systematic approach for occupational exposure monitoring and improved provision of dosimetry and technical services for workplace monitoring
  • To provide information on networking activities as an essential supportive action for improving the occupational radiation protection arrangements to share knowledge
  • To introduce and promote the Agency’s Occupational Radiation Protection Appraisals Service (ORPAS) as an essential element for verification of compliance with project objectives and the impact assessment

Main topics

  • Overall GSR Part 3 Requirements related to Occupational Radiation Protection
  • Requirements for External and Internal Exposure individual monitoring
  • Requirements for Management System
  • Requirements for External Exposure Dosimetry Services
  • Requirements for Internal Exposure Dosimetry Services
  • Requirements for Dose Record Keeping

The workshop was attended by 32 participants from Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Tajikistan, and Turkey. The workshop was led by four experts from Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

The Country delegates presented the Management System implemented in their respective countries. The Management Systems and the Technical Support Services were discussed in a Group breakout session during which good practices, areas for improvement and recommendations were discussed and identified.

The workshop identified both good practices and opportunities for improvements in the region. A report was drawn up by the experts based on the inputs and suggestions from all participants.

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