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International Safety Standards

  • Madan RehaniEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics book series (NAPSB, volume 1)

Abstract

International Radiation Safety Standards are developed by the IAEA under its mandate, in cooperation with a number of international organizations and based on scientific data provided by the United Nations Scientific Committee on Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) and radiation protection recommendation by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP). The International Basic Safety Standard (BSS) published in 1996 is the current standard. National authorities translate this into their national regulations. What is mandatory in countries are the national regulations. In Europe the European BSS is applied. Both International and European BSS are undergoing revision at this moment. This presentation will cover mechanism by which Standards are developed, salient features of the BSS and what changes are coming up. For example, some are: requirements for licensees to have medical physicists in different areas, in particular where higher radiation doses are imparted to patients; there are clarifications on the role of medical physicists; the use of Diagnostic Reference Levels (DRLs) is further strengthened; clarifications are being introduced to avoid low image quality; the concept of radiological audit has been introduced and the need for patient dose recording is emphasized.

Keywords

International Atomic Energy Agency Female Worker Radiation Risk Lead Apron Diagnostic Reference Level 
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References

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    Food and Agriculture Organization of The United Nations, International Atomic Energy Agency, International Labour Organization, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, International Basic Safety Standards for Protection against Ionizing Radiation and for the Safety of Radiation Sources, Safety Series No.115, IAEA, Vienna (1996).Google Scholar
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    European Atomic Energy Community, Food and Agriculture Organization of The United Nations, International Atomic Energy Agency, International Labour Organization, International Maritime Organization, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, Pan American Health Organization, United Nations Environment Programme, World Health Organization, Fundamental Safety Principles; Safety Fundamentals, IAEA Safety Standards Series No. SF-1, IAEA, Vienna (2006).Google Scholar
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    International Commission on Radiological Protection, ICRP Publication 103: Recommendations of the ICRP, Annals of the ICRP Volume 37/2–4, Elsevier (2007).Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Atomic Energy AgencyViennaAustria

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