1st Workshop (Chiba, Japan 2008)

Improving Radiation Protection in Industrial Radiography
Date November 5-7, 2008
Venue Chiba, Japan
Participation 32 participants (17 IAEA funded participants, 3 IAEA funded experts, 7 Japan funded participants, 4 Japan funded experts and one Australian funded expert ) from 15 Member States.

The first activity of ARAN was its First Workshop on the theme "Improving Radiation Protection in Industrial Radiography" held in Chiba, Japan, in November 2008. 32 participants and experts attended the Workshop, which was highly successful and a good learning process for what can be achieved in future Workshops.

The meeting was structured in several sessions with presentations from experts and country presentations. The sessions covered topics such as Accidents/Incidents in industrial radiography and lessons learned, Regulatory requirements for radiation protection in industrial radiography, Techniques and equipment used in industrial radiography and new developments, Occupational exposure trends in industrial radiography, and Training programmes in industrial radiography to improve radiation protection. The participants discussed specific issues in industrial radiography practice in working groups.

The general conclusion was that the meeting was a good opportunity for participants to bench mark the radiation protection status in industrial radiography practice. It was concluded that there is a need for improving the safety culture in the industrial radiography sector in different ways; harmonizing training or sensitization at the regional and national level, organizing dialogue between the concerned stakeholders, improving inspections and favouring feedback exchanges.

The Workshop participants developed a set of recommendations on improving radiation protection in industrial radiography in the region.

2nd Workshop (Beijing, China 2009)

Improving Radiation Protection in NORM Industries
Date October 12-16, 2009
Venue Beijing, China
Participation 47 participants (23 IAEA funded participants, 5 IAEA funded experts) from 14 Member States and 19 observers from China.

The Second Workshop of the Asia Region ALARA Network (ARAN) was held on "Improving Radiation Protection in NORM Producing Industries" in Beijing, China, 12-16 October 2009

The local organizer was Mr Senlin Liu, Vice President of the China Institute of Atomic Energy. Participants: 47 including the Technical Officer (Ms. Virginia Koukouliou) ; the PLCC; 3 Experts invited from Australia, France and Netherlands; 23 MS delegates from Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam; and 19 observers from China. The arrangement by the Agency so that up to two participants were supported from each MS highly facilitated the activity of ARAN.

The ARAN Steering Committee website has been maintained by Mr. Choi Won Chul (Korean Institute of Nuclear Safety), the Vice-Chair of ARAN. The website is on the KISOE platform, to which only the Steering Committee Members were able to access. A decision was made in the Steering Committee meeting held in 16 October, 2009 in Beijing to have a new webpage of the ARAN which would be open to public in a platform of the National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Japan. The new site, which will be available by April 2010, will improve the publicity of the ARAN.

There was a delay in the activity of a part of this area, Intercomparison of dosimetry. In December, Mr. Yoshizawa (Japan Atomic Energy Agency), responsible for the Comparison, released an announcement of the procedure which will take placed in the first half of 2010.

3th Workshop (Adelaide, Australia 2010)

Occupational Exposure to Medical Radiations
Date October 13-16, 2010
Venue Adelaide, Australia
Participation 29 participants (24 IAEA funded participants, 2 IAEA funded experts) from 14 Member States.

Technical officer of the project welcomed the meeting delegates on behalf of the IAEA and placed on record the Agency's thanks to the Australian Government, ARPS and EPA for hosting the meeting in Adelaide. Mr.Haridasan indicated his pleasure and honour in welcoming and thanked the meeting participants and the IAEA experts Mr John Le Heron and Mr Lefaure, in facilitating the meeting. Special thanks were extended to the local organising team Mr.Keith Baldry, Mr.Kent Gregory, Mr.Andrew Johnston and Mr.David Woods and all others who have supported the event. The importance of occupational radiation protection in the medical sector was highlighted, quoting the UNSCEAR estimate of more than 98% of man-made exposure arise from medical exposure. The vision and mission of the IAEA, an over view of the IAEA Technical Cooperation programme including the RCA projects were highlighted in the welcome address.

Project Leader for RAS9042, Sustainability of Regional Radiation Protection Infrastructure, and Chair of the Asia Region ALARA Network (ARAN), in his welcome address outlined the RAS9042 project and some of the activities carried out in previous years. He indicated that RCA project funding to the ARAN would be stopped from 2011 and encouraged the participants to propose ideas to self sustain ARAN.

Mr. P.P.Haridasan tabled the Agenda for the Meeting and outlined the meeting format which included Country presentations, Invited Key Notes on four major topics of medical exposure and Working Groups on Interventional Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy and an ARAN Steering Committee Meeting at the end of the week. It was also planned to post important presentations of this meeting which are of wide interest to occupational radiation protection professionals as well as of general public to the ARAN website.

4th Workshop (Chiba, Japan 2011)

Regional Meeting on Occupational Radiation Protection in Emergency Exposure Situation
Date November 22-25 2011
Venue Chiba, Japan
Participation 29 participants.

This meeting was the held in the framework of IAEA/TC as a subsequent activity of RAS/9/042 reflecting its policy to sustain the Asian ALARA Network (ARAN). The topic was focused on the subject which was given preference at the previous steering committee in the context of Fukushima nuclear accident.

The local organizer was Dr. Kazuo Sakai, NIRS. Participants: 29 including the Programme Management Officer (Dr. S.V. Hoang) and Technical Officer (Dr. P.P. Haridasan); the LCC; Experts from Australia, India, Japan, Russian Federation; Representatives from participating countries of Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Sri Lanka, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand and Vietnam. The country reports from participating countries were asked to include the information about the emergency exposure aspects.

The expert presentations had spotlighted on the experiments learnt from passed and on-going nuclear emergency situation. Three expert presentations on Fukushima accident elaborated (1) experiences of the first responders-activity on the Japan Self-Defense forces; (2) Flashing-activity of Tokyo Fire Department in Fukushima accident; (3) Activity of Tokyo Electric Power Company in Fukushima accident. These presentations by the central players were highly informative. Moreover, three japanese expert presentations (1) Regulation of occupational exposures due to Fukushima accident; (2) Medical management of emergency workers; (3) Occupational exposure in Fukushima Accident were unique presentations from NIRS experts who were directly involved in the mitigation of Fukushima emergency. Following three expert presentations on Chernobyl elaborated (1) the early emergency recovery works, radiation situation at workplaces, adopted regulatory requirements; (2) Dose management, dose distribution, administrative and technical aspects of radiation protection of liquidators; (3) Positive and negative lessons learnt from Chernobyl, comparison of past events with Fukushima nuclear accidents.

Finaly, three working groups discussed the following topics during the break-out sessions and made 15 recommendations in 5 categories. WG1 : Radiation protection countermeasures of workers in emergency situation; WG2: Exposure management of workers in emergency situations and WG3: Medical management of emergency workers with focus on personnel contamination.

Following information last updated on 28/March/2012