Radiation Safety Information Management System
A national infrastructure for radiation safety is essential for protecting people from the harmful effects of radiation. To assist Member States in evaluating and strengthening their infrastructure the Agency has developed RASIMS (Radiation Safety Information Management System).
What is RASIMS?
RASIMS is a web-based platform that enables Member States and the Secretariat to collect, analyse and view information regarding the status of the national radiation, transport and waste safety infrastructures in the Member States receiving technical assistance from the IAEA.
The information in RASIMS gives a good overall picture on how Member States comply with the requirements in the Safety Standards. This information is grouped into Thematic Safety Areas (TSAs) to ensure that all aspects of the relevant Safety Standards are covered in a comprehensive and consistent manner:
- TSA1 - Regulatory Infrastructure
- TSA2 - Radiological Protection in Occupational Exposure
- TSA3 - Radiological Protection in Medical Exposure
- TSA4 - Public and Environmental Radiological Protection
- TSA5 - Emergency Preparedness and Response
- TSA6 - Education and Training in Radiation, Transport & Waste Safety
- TSA7 - Transport Safety
The information obtained through RASIMS is a key element that is considered during the development, approval and implementation of Technical Cooperation (TC) projects. For example, during the planning of TC projects the information in RASIMS is used to identify national and regional needs in order to ensure that assistance is provided where it is really needed. After preparation of the project proposals and prior to submission to the Board of Governors for approval, RASIMS information is used to assess the adequacy of the national radiation safety infrastructure, especially for projects that involve the procurement of radiation sources. For these reasons it is very important that the information in RASIMS is as technically comprehensive and as up-to-date as possible.
A RASIMS E-Learning module, to support Member States easily to understand the TSAs and use the functionalities of RASIMS, is available on the “Home Page” of RASIMS.
A role-based system
RASIMS is a role-based system. This means that only people with a user-name and password have access to the system, and only certain people have permission to add and edit the information.
Member States are requested to nominate a RASIMS national coordinator to ensure that the information in RASIMS is accurate, complete, up-to-date and reflects the ‘national’ perspective. RASIMS national coordinator can appoint TSAs RASIMS counterparts to assist on providing the information relevant for different areas. Technical Officers per each TSA in the Secretariat are in charge of assessing the level of compliance with the IAEA safety standards and the progress achieved by Member States in strengthening their radiation safety infrastructures.
RASIMS National Coordinators Workshop
The IAEA periodically organizes regional workshops for RASIMS national coordinators with the purpose of assisting them to better understand their role as nationally appointed coordinators and to familiarize them with RASIMS and the TSAs, as well as reinforcing the importance of ensuring that the national profiles reflects the national reality and contains the information needed to assess compliance with the relevant requirements of the IAEA safety standards. The workshops are interactive and the IAEA staff work closely with the RASIMS national coordinators to ensure that they have plenty of opportunities to gain hands-on experience in using RASIMS and in updating their national profiles.