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IAEA TEDOCS Workplace Monitoring (Volumes 1 and 2) Under Review
Posted on September 19th, 2014

Nuclear Power Plants are preparing for “stress tests” internationally to verify their safe operation.  The necessity for these tests stems in part from the fact that many nuclear plants have aged beyond their anticipated lifespan with several undergoing re-licensing efforts. 

Personnel conducting stress tests will possess high level knowledge of the functioning of nuclear power plants.  As this work force is limited, it is anticipated that “itinerant” workers will travel between sites to conduct the tests.  The exposure risk faced by this stress test workforce is increased, as the tests will repeatedly place the workers into high radiation areas. In addition, safety modifications identified during the stress tests are likely to place fleet workers into high radiation areas as they are implemented.  These potentials for elevated occupational dose require effective worker monitoring programs to ensure worker safety. 

To address this concern, the IAEA has implemented Project B.4(2) “Strengthening occupational radiation protection at future intensified activities to improve safety within nuclear facilities” under Project 3.3.1.3 “Radiation Protection of Workers”. Project B.4(2) is driving the development of TEDOCs Workplace Monitoring (Volumes 1 and 2) which will address recent developments in workplace monitoring technology, including instrumentation and measurement techniques.

A panel of international experts has been assembled in Vienna Austria this week to provide review of these draft technical documents.  Fred Straccia of RSCS is currently participating on this panel. His background in implementing worker monitoring programs at operating plants, along with his in-depth knowledge of current detection technologies was called upon to appraise the technology and methodology used to measure radiation dose rates and surface contamination, and airborne contamination. The goal of this panel is to ensure that all technology incorporated into the technical documents is state of the art, and that programs for workplace monitoring reflect current best practices that will ensure compliance with IAEA International Basic Safety Standards and related Safety Guides.    

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