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B.4 (2): Strengthening occupational radiation protection at future intensified activities to improve safety within nuclear facilities

An IAEA project conducted from June 2013 to June 2016 supported Member States in strengthening occupational radiation protection and fostered a harmonized approach to improving occupation radiation safety in nuclear facilities.

The project supported participating countries in aligning their practices with those recommended in the IAEA International Basic Safety Standards and related Safety Guides. It also assisted countries in ensuring occupational radiation protection during “stress tests” conducted in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident to reassess the design of nuclear power plants (NPPs) against extreme natural hazards.


  • Strengthened occupational radiation protection in NPPs, including during activities to strengthen safety in line with lessons from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident;
  • Improved and harmonized national programmes for occupational radiation protection, and policies and procedures for monitoring and control of itinerant workers.

Beneficiary Countries: All Member States.

The project was conducted by the IAEA with supplementary funding from the European Union.

Project Events

Five consultancy meetings were held in 2015 during which experts from six Member States contributed to the development of  the IAEA publication Radiation Protection of Itinerant Workers (Safety Report Series 84). The report offers practical guidance to managers of itinerant workers, to managers responsible for radiation and other safety aspects associated with the use of contractors at a facility and to workers. It also is useful to regulatory bodies.

In 2014 and 2015, consultancy meetings reviewed and updated the IAEA’s training material on workplace monitoring. The update included a new module for workplace monitoring at nuclear power plants. The training material targets radiation protection officers but can be adapted to different needs.

In 2016, the IAEA held a pilot workshop during which external experts tested and approved the training modules and developed a syllabus for a one-week training course that features both theoretical and practical parts.

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