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IAORP Fifth Steering Committee Meeting

Fifth Meeting of the Steering Committee of the International Action Plan for Occupational Radiation Protection(IAPORP), Vienna, 15-17 June 2011.

The Fifth Meeting of the Steering Committee of the International Action Plan for Occupational Radiation Protection(IAPORP) was held in Vienna, 15-17 June 2011. Seventeen participants from the IAEA Member States and international organizations attended the meeting. The previous four meetings of the Steering Committee were held in Vienna on 4-6 February 2004, 25-27 January 2006, 28-30 January 2008 and 15-17 February 2010 respectively.

Presentations

Presentations during the meeting included:

  • Current activities on occupational radiation protection, including education and training carried out by the IAEA and other international organisations (ILO, EC, NEA, UNSCEAR and WHO)
  • The implications of the Fukushima accident on occupational exposure, presented by the IAEA and UNSCEAR

The ILO and IAEA representatives provided the status of those IAPORP actions still in progress or those completed but with follow up actions pending. Based on this information, the Steering Committee agreed that all 14 actions of the Action Plan had been completed thereby leading to the successful conclusion of the IAORP.

The IAEA, ILO and WHO introduced a session on future activities as well as suggestions on how to achieve a sustainable mechanism to continue their successful collaboration. They confirmed their commitment to strengthen and maintain the existing inter-agency cooperation as well as to promote joint future activities and thereby eliminate duplication of effort . Future publications would also be jointly issued in a harmonized manner.

Conclusions

The Steering Committee considered that many activities should be pursued as part of the regular activities of the respective Agencies. The Steering Committee noted that since the first International Conference on Occupational Radiation Protection (Geneva 2002) the context has evolved notably in terms of international recommendations and standards such as ICRP 103 issued in 2007, revision of the BSS, new technologies (in particular in the medical sector), increasing trend of itinerant workers, implementation of radiation risk management in the NORM industries, feedback experience in decommissioning and post accidental situations.

Based on this summary, the Steering Committee recommended that the IAEA consider convening a second International Conference for Occupational Radiation Protection in 2014 in collaboration with other international organisations.

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