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Technical Meeting on Occupational Radiation Protection during the Decommissioning of NPP’s and Research Reactors

29 September – 2 October 2014, Vienna, Austria

A technical meeting on occupational radiation protection during the decommissioning of nuclear power plants and research reactors was held at the IAEA headquarters, from 29 September to 2 October 2014. The meeting was scheduled as a part of the IAEA’s approved Programme and Budget for 2014–15, with funding from the European Union. It belongs under the umbrella of the European Commission funded project (B.4 (1): Occupational Radiation Protection and Risk Management for NPPs).

Objective

The meeting was aimed at authorities, holding responsibility for regulatory control of occupational radiation protection at nuclear facilities. The purpose was to identify and propose guidance that may be needed in managing the protection of workers against ionizing radiation during decommissioning, taking into account also non-radiological hazards. The meeting was attended by experts in occupational radiation protection from China, Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Russian Federation, Finland and Sweden and observers from ILO, NEA and EU.

All the participants had presentations covering regulatory requirements as well as national experiences in decommissioning within their countries. In addition to the Members States presentations, round tables on safety assessments of radiological and industrial hazards of workers, occupational radiation protection programme, optimization of protection, and on management of radiological and non-radiological hazards took place.

Outcomes

The bullet list below shows a summary of several important items that were discussed during the meeting, reflecting a possible need for further guidance:

  • Optimization of protection; use of dose constraints and collective/individual doses
  • Issues on responsibilities with respect to radiation and occupational health
  • Radiation protection organisation and resources
  • Safety culture
  • Prior evaluation and characterization of radiation and non-radiation hazards
  • Radiation protection programme including work planning, work permits, workplace monitoring, assessment of individual doses
  • Education and training
  • Information and knowledge transfer

The output from the discussions will be summarized in a TM meeting report (under preparation), which will serve as an input for the next step of the project.

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