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Occupational Radiation Protection Action Plan

Purpose

The first International Conference on Occupational Radiation Protection, hosted by the Government of Switzerland, was held in Geneva from 26 to 30 August 2002. It was organized by the IAEA, which convened it jointly with the International Labour Office. It was co-sponsored by the European Commission (EC) and held in co-operation with the World Health Organization (WHO) and OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and a number of other international organizations. The Conference produced a number of important findings and recommendations. These were considered in September 2002 by the IAEA General Conference, which requested the IAEA’s Director General, in co-operation with the ILO and other relevant bodies, to formulate and implement an action plan.

The Action Plan for Occupational Radiation Protection was developed by the IAEA in co-operation with the ILO and reviewed by the organizations involved in the Geneva Conference, the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) and the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), and also by the programme committee, chairpersons, keynote speakers, rapporteurs and panellists. The overall objective of the Action Plan, which was approved by the IAEA Board of Governors on 8 September 2003, is to focus the efforts of the relevant international organizations, in particular the IAEA and ILO, to assist their Member States in establishing, maintaining and, where necessary, improving programmes for the radiation protection of occupationally exposed workers.

Proposed Actions

The proposed actions for strengthening occupational radiation protection worldwide are grouped according to nine areas that provide a logical division of tasks to be carried out:

  • ILO Convention 115
  • The ILO code of practice on “Radiation protection of workers (ionizing radiation)”
  • Co-operation between the IAEA and ILO in reaching developing countries
  • Information exchange to promote greater awareness and understanding
  • Education and training
  • Exposure to enhanced natural radiation in the workplace
  • Promotion of a holistic approach to workplace safety
  • Formulation and application of standards for the protection of pregnant workers and their embryos and foetuses
  • Probability of causation of occupational harm attributable to radiation exposure

In order to ensure the successful implementation of the Action Plan the IAEA and ILO have established a Steering Committee with the overall remit to advise on, monitor, and assist in the practical implementation of the Action Plan. Participants in the Steering Committee consist of representatives of a number of interested Member States and interested international organizations including employers’ and workers’ organizations.

Meetings

The meetings of the Steering Committee are held in Vienna on a two-year basis and reports issued after each meeting:

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| Last update: Tuesday, December 09, 2014.