Training Course on Performing Assessments under the IAEA’s Occupational Radiation Protection Appraisal Service (ORPAS)
7-9 July 2014, Vienna, Austria
A Training Course on Performing Assessments under the IAEA’s Occupational Radiation Protection Appraisal Service (ORPAS) was held during 7-9 July 2014 at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria.
ORPAS is a peer review service provided by the IAEA upon request of the Member States. The targets for the ORPAS are the end users and services providers in the Member States. The service was initiated in 2001 and to date several such services have been provided to the Member States.
The objective of the course is to train the core group experts from different regions for the IAEA ORPAS missions in the future.
The training course was supported by the IAEA extra-budgetary project NSRW 14: Strengthening capabilities for radiation protection of workers in emergency situation and ORPAS services.
Eight participants from the Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa and Latin America regions and one external expert participated in the training course.
Among others, IAEA’s occupational radiation protection programme, the Thematic Safety Area 2 (TSA2), and current status of the Draft Safety Guide on occupational radiation protection were introduced in the course.
Overview of the ORPAS methods, the questionnaires of ORPAS, the procedures and implementation of the mission were presented to the participants. At the end, the module on occupational radiation protection in the self-assessment tool - SARIS was introduced and an exercise on the tool was carried out.
Overall the course was successful and the output of the course will be helpful to improve the quality of the IAEA ORPAS service in future.
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