Radiological Protection

Nuclear Energy Agency

1997-7921 (online)
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This series from the Nuclear Energy Agency presents books designed to assist in the regulation and implementation of the system of radiological protection by identifying and addressing conceptual, scientific, policy, regulatory, operational and societal issues in a timely and prospective fashion, and clarifying their implications.
Work Management to Optimise Occupational Radiological Protection at Nuclear Power Plants

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13 July 2009
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Since 1992, the Information System on Occupational Exposure (ISOE) has provided a forum for radiological protection professionals from nuclear power utilities and national regulatory authorities worldwide to discuss, promote and co-ordinate international co-operative undertakings for the radiological protection of workers at nuclear power plants. The ISOE objective is to improve occupational exposure management at nuclear power plants by exchanging relevant information, data and experience on methods to optimise occupational radiological protection.

This report on work management provides practical guidance on the application of work management principles as a contribution to the optimisation of occupational radiological protection. It recognises that while work management is no longer a new concept, continued efforts are needed to ensure that good performance, outcomes and trends are maintained in the face of current and future challenges. The focus of this report is therefore on presenting the key aspects of work management that should be considered by management and workers to save time, doses and money, supported by updated practical examples from within the ISOE community.

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Table of Contents


1. Introduction
-Principles of work management
2. Regulatory aspects
-International standards and guidance
-National regulatory policy
-Industry internal procedures: operational instructions
3. ALARA management policy
-Plant ALARA programmes
-Roles and responsibilities for the implementation of ALARA
-The ALARA Committee and other specific ALARA organistions
-ALARA Reviews
-Industry ALARA guidance
4. Worker involvement and performance
-Worker performance contributing to ALARA approach
-Education and training to implement the ALARA approach
-Factors contributing to worker involvement
5. Work planning and scheduling
-Optimising outage duration
-The job planning process
-Work process control systems
-Job planning for high dose jobs
-Personnel preparation
6. Work preparation
-Source term characterisation
-Source term reducation techniques
-Exposure reduction techniques
-Tools and equipment
-Personal protective equipment
-Work site optimisation and job co-ordination
7. Work implementation
-Work process control: division of responsibilities
-Access control systems
-Remote monitoring systems
-Control of contamination
-Avoidance of unnecessary does and reduction of transit exposure
-Avoidance of rework
-Waste management
-Collection of feedback during work implementation
8. Work assessment and feedback
-Job review and follow-up
-Operational experience databases
-Comparison of ALARA practice
-Sharing feedback experience
-Programme audits
9. Ensuring continuous improvement
-Source term reduction in the design and construction of new nucelar power plants
-Sheilding at new nuclear power plants
-Remote monitoring systems at new nulear power plants
-Robotics technologies in new nuclear power plants
-Maintenance-free components in new nuclear power plants
-Work management aspects in new nuclear power plants
10. Conclusions

1. ISOE programme information
2. Example of ISOE 3 work-related information report
3. Example of a pre-job ALARA checklist
4. Examples of post-job review forms
5. Example of a radiological suggestion form


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