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A first regional workshop to strengthen radiation safety culture in the Latin American and the Caribbean region has been held in Mexico City, with the EU support



To improve the efficiency of safety interventions and allow for effective harmonization of regional interests in terms of occupational radiation safety, the first regional workshop on the “Transfer of Experience in the Area of Safety Culture Related to Occupational Radiation Protection of the Nuclear Industry” was held in Mexico City, 26 – 30 March 2012.

The main purpose of this workshop was to determine the present situation in Latin America pertaining to occupational radiation protection and to define strategies for building a high-level safety culture in industries dealing with radiation. The meeting discussed how to improve national radiation protection programmes of each participating country and, thus, how to facilitate the development of a strong safety culture in the region for practices involving exposure to ionizing radiation.

Altogether, 18 participants from 16 Latin American countries attended the workshop, as well as several IAEA staff members and experts who shared their international experience with the participants. In addition, guidelines and IAEA documents addressing nuclear safety issues were introduced.

During the workshop, a regional action plan was prepared based on the countries’ situation analysis that recognized the different stages of socioeconomic development of the participating countries. Country-specific needs were also identified for further IAEA technical assistance. The proposed action plan outlined the planned activities, responsibilities, deadlines and expected results.

Background

The workshop, supported by funds provided by the European Union (EU), was organized by the IAEA together with the National Commission on Nuclear Safety and Safeguards (CNSNS) of Mexico. The meeting was held within the framework of the IAEA’s regional technical cooperation (TC) project RLA/9/066, ‘‘Strengthening and Updating Technical Capabilities for the Protection of Health and Safety of Workers Occupationally Exposed to Ionizing Radiation.”

Through this regional TC project, the IAEA helps countries in Latin America to ensure the protection and safety of workers occupationally exposed to ionizing radiation and the associated risks in medical, industrial or environmental fields. The project aims to provide a platform for specialists in the Latin American and the Caribbean region to share knowledge and experience in the field of radiation safety.

As part of a larger European Union initiative to enhance nuclear safety around the world, the EU supports several IAEA technical cooperation (TC) activities through the Nuclear Safety Co-operation Instrument (NSCI) including three TC projects in Latin America related to safety issues.


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Responsible/Contact: Department of Technical Cooperation | Last update: 13 Feb, 2013

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