IAEA ISOE Technical Centre
Information System on Occupational Exposure (ISOE) Technical Centre Activities
The IAEA invites IAEA Member States with operating nuclear power plants and who are not members of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) to participate, cost-free, in this project through the IAEA ISOE Technical Centre.
ISOE Membership through IAEA
As of the 1 January, 2004 there are twelve utilities and nine authorities from eleven countries participating in the ISOE through the IAEA. These are utilities in Armenia, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Lithuania, Pakistan, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovenia, South Africa and Ukraine (representing 47 operating reactors) and the regulatory authorities in Armenia, Bulgaria, China, Lithuania, Pakistan, Romania, Slovenia, South Africa and Ukraine.
ISOE Information Exchange
One important task for the ISOE Technical Centres is the collection of annual data on occupational exposure from the participating nuclear power plants and the transfer of the data to the European Technical Centre which maintains the central ISOE database.
Another ongoing task is the distribution of information material including, for example, information exchange on technical or safety events, and the announcements for the annual international symposia and workshops on occupational exposure management in nuclear power plants.
The annual international symposia are organized by the four ISOE Technical Centres (European Centre, Asian Centre, North American and IAEA Centre) on a four-year rotation policy. The workshops' concept, with contributions from and for the radiation protection professionals, has proven to be very effective. Papers and additional information are made available on the ISOE website.
The interactive software learning programme, RADIOR, is available on the web, in English only. It is also available on CD-ROM, in six languages (English, French, German, Russian, Spanish and Swedish).
The following ISOE Information Sheets, issued by the IAEA ISOE Technical Centre since 1999, are available in electronic form:
- IAEA Publications on Occupational Radiation Protection (14k)
- IAEA Technical Cooperation Projects on improving Occupational Radiation Protection in Nuclear Power Plants(16kb)
- Workshop on implementation and management of the ALARA principle in Nuclear Power Plant Operations (20kb)
- Preliminary dosimetric results for 1999 (50kb)
- Preliminary dosimetric results for 2000 (307kb)
- Preliminary dosimetric results for 2001 (available Oct/02)
- Conclusions and recommendations from the 3rd European ISOE Workshop on Occupational Exposure Management at Nuclear Power Plants (19kb)
- Preliminary dosimetric results for 2002
Information Sheets are also distributed by the other three ISOE Technical Centres:
The general objective of supporting the implementation of the optimization (ALARA) principle in NPPs in accordance with the International Basic Safety Standards for Protection against Ionizing Radiation and for the Safety of Radiation Sources.
One major element of these programmes is information exchange. In addition to workshops organized continuously within the projects, these projects have supported participation in the ISOE Workshops and occasionally also interpretation. Another important element is training, and further details on material is now available to support education, information and training on the application of the ALARA principle in NPPs.
One important task for the ISOE Technical Centres is to assure the quality of the data transferred to the central database. Taking this into account it was appropriate to focus an IAEA Co-ordinated Research Project on intercomparison for individual monitoring of external exposure, initiated in 1996, on the IAEA Member States in Eastern Europe and on personal dosimetry services for nuclear power plants.
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