Radiation Safety Information Management System (RASIMS)

A national infrastructure for radiation safety is essential to protect people from the harmful effects of radiation. The IAEA’s Radiation Safety Information Management System (RASIMS) enables Member States to assess how their infrastructures for radiation safety have incorporated the IAEA Safety Standards’ recommendations and requirements.

RASIMS is a web-based platform that gives Member States the tools to collect, analyze and view information that reflects the status of their national infrastructure for radiation, transport and waste safety. The system is specifically aimed at supporting those IAEA Member States that receive technical assistance from the Agency.

RASIMS is a password-protected, role-based system that only allows Member States to see their own national information. This information is entered by Member States counterparts themselves and then endorsed by the nationally appointed RASIMS coordinator, before being reviewed by an IAEA technical officer.

To ensure that all aspects of radiation, transport and waste safety are covered in a comprehensive and consistent manner, the information in RASIMS is grouped into Thematic Safety Areas (TSAs) that are derived from the IAEA’s Safety Standards. These include:

  • Regulatory Infrastructure (TSA 1)
  • Radiological Protection in Occupational Exposure (TSA 2)
  • Radiological Protection in Medical Exposure (TSA 3)
  • Public and Environmental Radiological Protection (TSA 4)
  • Education and Training in Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety (TSA 6)
  • Transport Safety (TSA 7)

Information about Emergency Preparedness and Response (TSA 5) is collected via the EPR Information Management System (EPRIMS).

RASIMS also offers an e-learning module to help its users better understand the system’s functionalities and the TSAs.

The information submitted to RASIMS is reviewed by the IAEA during the development, approval and implementation of its technical cooperation projects. This would, for example, be needed during project planning to identify national and regional needs so as to ensure that assistance is provided where it is really needed.

After project proposals have been prepared and are ready for approval by the IAEA Board of Governors, information available in RASIMS is used to assess whether the national radiation safety infrastructure is adequate, in particular when it comes to projects that involve the procurement of radiation sources. For these reasons it is important that Member States ensure that their information in RASIMS is technically accurate, comprehensive and up to date. This is a key responsibility of the nationally appointed RASIMS coordinator.

Workshops for RASIMS national coordinators

The IAEA periodically organizes regional workshops for RASIMS national coordinators to help them better understand their role and to familiarize them with RASIMS and the TSAs. These events also reinforce the importance of submitting accurate information that reflects the national situation and contains all relevant details.

The IAEA works closely with the RASIMS national coordinators to ensure that the workshops are interactive and provide sufficient opportunities for the participants to gain hands-on experience in using the system and in updating their national information.

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