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Training in Occupational Radiation Protection

Training Activities

Training material and activities are offered to Member States in support of the occupational radiation protection programme. Training courses on individual monitoring in general and on the assessment of occupational exposure to external sources of radiation have been offered for several years. These include:

  • Lectures on radiation protection and workshops on radiation monitoring in the framework of the Introductory Courses on Agency Safeguards (ICAS)
  • Workshops on Radiation monitoring in different countries and regions.

In addition, training material for a one week course on the general principles of occupational radiation protection was developed in 2002. The course material is based on the Safety Guide on Occupational Radiation Protection and includes modules on: occupational radiation protection, basic concepts; optimization of radiation protection, the basics; radiation protection programmes (designation of areas, local rules and supervision, effective surveillance); intervention in emergencies; health surveillance; graphical depiction of a radiation protection programme, concluding exercise and discussion.

In accordance with the recommendations of a group of consultants in 1999 and with the Findings and Recommendations of the International Conference on Occupational Radiation Protection in 2002, practice specific training courses are being developed. The course material on the general principles of occupational radiation protection will form the basis for modules on occupational radiation protection in these practice specific training courses.

Training Programmes

Training programmes are being developed for various industry sectors involving enhanced exposure to NORM (naturally occurring radioactive material). These training programmes contain substantial material on occupational radiation protection.

In order to support the utilities and regulatory authorities participating in ISOE through the IAEA ISOE Technical Centre, two Technical Co-operation (TC) projects have been launched: a Regional TC project for Central and Eastern Europe on Enhancing Occupational Radiation Protection in Nuclear Power Plants (RER/9/063); and a Regional TC Model Project on Improving Occupational Radiation Protection in Nuclear Power Plants in the Asian Region (RAS/9/030).

To ensure sustainable local and national training various types of material are made available. To introduce radiation protection optimization, RADIOR is provided on diskette in six languages (English, French, German. Spanish, Swedish, Russian); ALARA Courses for managers and other staff are available on CD-ROM as IAEA Working Material (in English and Russian) as is training material in English and Russian for nuclear power plant workers. In addition, workshops are held annually.

The Action Plan for Occupational Radiation Protection, based on the Findings and Recommendations of the International Conference on Occupational Radiation Protection, held in Geneva in August 2002, includes actions on education and awareness, namely development of basic education for workers and education and awareness-raising of medical professionals.

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| Last update: Tuesday, 09 December, 2014.