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Workshops

Feed back experience shows that there is in Europe a need for Workshops which are neither a big congress nor a collection of working groups with lots of different meetings, but which over a few days provide a forum for a few dozen experts to exchange feedback experience and to identify problems that need further research or development. Therefore the Network has organised and will continue to organise such type of Workshop once a year.
The subject is selected in order to cover domains where the Network Steering Committee Group estimates that many improvements in terms of ALARA implementation may be found. All papers are invited presentations. To promote discussions, appropriate time is made available for work in small groups and the number attending the workshop is limited to a few dozens experts. The language of the Workshops is English.
At the end of each Workshop the chairpersons and the working groups propose to the participants some recommendations to the EC and national regulatory bodies and other stakeholders corresponding to the feedback from the sessions of the Workshop. These recommendations are validated by the Network Steering Committee Group and send to the Commission and to other appropriate stakeholders.

  1. "ALARA and Decommissioning", Saclay, France, December 1997
  2. "Good Radiation Practices in Industry and Research", Chilton, UK, November 1998
  3. "Managing Internal Exposure", Neuherberg, Germany, November 1999
  4. "Management of Occupational Radiological and Non-radiological Risks: Lessons to be Learned", Antwerp, Belgium, November 2000
  5. "Industrial Radiography: Improvements in Radiation Protection", Rome, Italy, October 2001
  6. "Occupational Exposure Optimisation in the Medical and the Radiopharmaceutical Sectors", Madrid, Spain, October 2002
  7. "Decommissiong of Installations and Site Remediation", Arnhem, The Netherlands, October 2003
  8. "Occupational Radiological Protection Control through Inspection and Self-assessment", Uppsala, Sweden, September 2004
  9. "Occupational Exposure to Natural Radiation", Augsburg, Germany, October 2005
  10. "Experience and new Developments in Implementing ALARA in Occupational, Patient and Public Exposures", Prague, Czech Republic, 12-15 September 2006
  11. "ALARA in Radioactive Waste Management", Athens, Greece, 9-11 April 2008
  12. "ALARA issues arising for Safety and Security of Radiation Sources and Security Screening Devices", Vienna, Austria, 21-23 October 2009
  13. "ALARA and the Medical Sector", Oscarborg Fortress, Norway, 7-10 June 2011
  14. "ALARA in existing exposure situations", Dublin Castle, Ireland, 4-6 September 2012
  15. "Improving ALARA Culture through Education and Training", Rovinj, Croatia, 7-9 May 2014

16th EAN Workshop on "ALARA in Industrial Radiography"

16th European ALARA Network Workshop, Berne, Switzerland, 14 – 16 March 2016

"ALARA in Industrial Radiography - How can it be improved?"

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Aims and objectives

Industrial radiography (for non-destructive testing (NDT)) using gamma and X-ray sources is a long-established and widespread practice. A key radiation protection principle is optimisation, to ensure that the radiation exposure of radiography workers and other persons is As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA). In 2001, in Rome, the 5th EAN Workshop specifically considered ALARA in industrial radiography. It was concluded that ALARA was not always being achieved, and improvements in radiography equipment, working procedures, training and safety culture were recommended. Since then, industrial radiography has remained an area of concern in radiation protection, due to the levels of radiation exposure received and, in particular, the number and magnitude of accidental exposures. Consequently, EAN has decided to re-visit this topic. 

The objectives of the workshop are:

  • To review the conclusions and recommendations of the 5th EAN workshop, held in Rome in 2001, and determine whether any real improvements have been made (see link in the right column). 
  • To ask what else might be done to improve radiation safety in industrial radiography and ensure that exposures are ALARA.

The workshop will consist of presentations (oral and posters) intended to highlight the main issues, and a significant part of the program will be devoted to discussions within working groups. From these discussions, participants will be expected to produce recommendations on ALARA in industrial radiography, which are addressed to relevant local, national and international stakeholders.

Target audience

The aim of the workshop is to bring together people involved in radiation safety in industrial radiography, to exchange practical ideas and experiences and to identify further improvements in the implementation of ALARA. The workshop should be of interest to a variety of stakeholders including:

  • Radiography equipment manufacturers, suppliers and service agentsRadiography employers and employees and their representatives
  • Radiography clients
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Training providers
  • Research and other organizations involved in radiation protection.
  • The number of participants will be restricted to a maximum of 80 (please note that participants should register before 31st January 2016)

Information

The workshop website is www.ean-workshop-16.ch.  You will find more information about the workshop and can register on-line.  

 

15th EAN Workshop on "Improving ALARA Culture through Education and Training"

15th European ALARA Network Workshop, Rovinj, Croatia, 7 – 9 May 2014

"Education and Training in Radiation Protection
Improving ALARA Culture through Education and Training"

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Aims and Objectives

Previous EAN and EUTERP workshops have noted the importance of delivering effective radiation protection education and training to workers and other stakeholders. Consequently, this joint EAN-EUTERP workshop considers how education and training programmes can be delivered effectively, to improve radiation protection in practice and disseminate ALARA culture.
The workshop will consist of presentations (oral and posters) intended to highlight the main issues, and a significant part of the programme will be devoted to discussions within working groups. Participants will be expected to produce recommendations on education and training issues, to be addressed to relevant local, national and international stakeholders

Scope of the Workshop

The workshop programme covers education and training for various types of stakeholders and is expected to consider the following subjects:

  • The new European BSS

  • European qualification and accreditation schemes (ECVET, EQF, etc.)

  • The effectiveness and efficiency of education and training
  • Practical ALARA training

  • New learning tools

Working Groups

As part of the programme, time has been devoted for discussions between participants (divided in four working groups). The working groups have tackled issues such as :

  1. How to assess the effectiveness of training (WG1)?
  2. Tools to improve the effectiveness of training (WG2).
  3. What is achieved by recognition schemes (WG3)?
  4. Incorporating ALARA culture in training requirements - How to improve risk awareness, radiation protection and ALARA understanding for different stakeholders and different levels of exposure (WG4)?

Presentations

Session 1 - Setting the scene

Session 2 - Building ALARA into radiation protection trainig progremmes

Session 3 - Measuring the effectiveness of training, the role of qualification and recognition schemes

Session 4 - Tools and methods

Session 5 - National approaches

Session 6 - Working Group conclusions and Workshop synthesis