IAEA launches new information system on worker safety from naturally occurring radioactive materials

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ISEMIR, as an information system, enables radiation protection workers in medicine, industry and research to provide information both to the IAEA and to other interested stakeholders registered with the IAEA. ‘ISEMIR on the type of sources and exposures to which their workers will be subjected, the forms of monitoring their workers and what are the levels of exposure of their workers. This system provides users with information on their performance against industry benchmarks to ensure radiation protection.

Currently, there are two main branches of ISEMIR, ISEMIR-IC and ISEMIR-IR, respectively for workers in interventional cardiology and industrial radiography. Each of these branches involves the collection of information relating to occupational radiation exposure of workers. For each tool in ISEMIR, industry-level benchmarks can be established to determine what safety standards should be used to determine areas such as types of exposure, monitoring methods and dose levels. effective in occupational radiation protection.

“We hope ISEMIR-N will improve the ability to perform occupational exposure assessment and compare their own radiation protection programs to operators in NORM industries around the world,” said Ma. “The IAEA-ISEMIR online platform will help meet the needs of operators, to assess, develop and improve overall industry trends in occupational radiation protection, and to improve communication between operators in NORM industries and the IAEA.

Irena Petrova, radiation protection inspector at the State Office for Nuclear Safety in the Czech Republic, pointed out that: “After my previous experience working with ISEMIR-IR for industrial radiography, I am very enthusiastic about idea to see its expansion into industries involving NORM. I hope this will bring the same benefit that ISEMIR-IR has seen in terms of evaluating our local radiation protection programs against a global community.

Ideally, the information collected through ISEMIR-N would then allow the IAEA and stakeholders to draw holistic conclusions about different operators as a result of the exchange, recording and analysis of data from occupational exposure and to further improve the radiation protection infrastructure of operators in industries involving NORMs.

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