12th congress of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA12):
Strengthening Radiation Protection Worldwide — highlights, global perspective and future trends
Organized by the Argentine Radiation Protection Society in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the World Health Organization and the
Pan American Health Organization PAHO/WHO, hosted by the government of
International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA -
Available online PDF [350p.] at: http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1460_web.pdf
The protection of people and the environment from the harmful effects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, while permitting the development and use of radioactive materials and radiation producing devices and technologies for the benefit of society, is a crucial international endeavour.
Radiation is present everywhere in the natural environment and there are some industrial activities that lead to increased exposure to these natural sources.
The use of radioactive material and radiation producing devices is on the rise in medical diagnostic and therapy procedures. These procedures generally benefit the patients involved, but also present risks to both the patient and medical personnel involved in the procedures.
Plans to increase the development of nuclear power will require strong radiation protection programmes in mining, processing, transportation, and the use and disposal of nuclear and radioactive material. Radiation protection faces additional challenges with security screening, responses to potential acts and emergencies involving the release of radioactive material, and other industrial and research activities…”
To address radiation protection challenges, IRPA12’s scientific programme was divided into three areas:
—Epistemological basis of radiation protection, namely current knowledge of the physics and biology of radiation exposure
and its effects, particularly in relation to its scope, experimental methods and theoretical validity;
—Paradigm of radiation protection, namely universal conceptual models used to protect people from deleterious health effects due to radiation exposure;
—Radiation protection in practice, namely the actual application and use of radiation protection plans and methodologies by
practitioners and industries making use of radiation.
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