2nd International Workshop on Developing Guidance Material to Support Safety Standards Applicable to the Uranium Mining and Processing Industry
Adelaide, Australia, 12- 16 October 2015
The second International Workshop on “Developing Guidance Material to Support Safety Standards Applicable to the Uranium Mining and Processing Industry” has extended the background discussions to be used as the driver for drafting the safety report on occupational radiation protection in the uranium mining and processing industry. The workshop was co-sponsored by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA).
The international workshop was the follow-up activity of the first workshop organized in Saskatoon, Canada in September 2014. This workshop had been planned as an industry forum providing for information and experience exchange amongst uranium producing countries on approaches to, and issues in the field of occupational radiation protection in uranium mining and processing industry.
During the drafting session, participants focused on reviewing the progress from the previous workshop and the following discussions highlighted the significant progress made by the IAEA. They also discussed new challenges, which the regulators, operators and workers face in implementing the occupational radiation protection requirements (GSR Part 3), especially in terms of occupational radiation protection in different exposure situations.
The draft report focuses on uranium mining, processing stages and techniques, general radiation protection considerations in the relevant industry, general methodology applicable for control, monitoring and dose assessment, exposure pathways, and radiation protection programs for the range of commonly used mining and processing techniques.
The countries embarking uranium mining are increasing and as a result the number of workers in this sector may increase rapidly within few years. In addition, it is thought that there is a need for harmonization of radiation monitoring in the mining sector and strengthening the radiation protection of workers in uranium mining would be of utmost importance for the sustainable development of uranium production world-wide.
The draft report will be extended until the third workshop which will take place on 5-7 May 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa, hosted by the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) of South Africa. It has the following objectives:
- To present the draft safety report to industry and regulatory authorities
- To obtain stakeholder feedback on the draft safety report
- To integrate author and stakeholder feedback into the draft safety report
- To complete the safety report to a sufficient standard for progressing within the IAEA approval and publication systems.
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