IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

07/15/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/15/2019 04:25

IAEA Organizes Interregional Training Course on Safety Assessments for Waste Management

'What can go wrong? How likely is it to happen? And if it does, what are the consequences? A safety assessment can provide answers to these questions, among others,' said Rodolfo Avila, an international expert who helped to lead the training course. 'Safety assessments consider all aspects of an activity which are relevant to protection and safety, including the siting, design and operation of a facility.'

The purpose of the capacity building event was to provide training to national staff responsible for assessing the safety of predisposal and disposal facilities. With the support and guidance of IAEA experts, trainees were reintroduced to the fundamentals of the IAEA Safety Standards and the IAEA requirements for radiological protection and radioactive waste management. With the cornerstones of radiation and waste management safety established, the course participants familiarized themselves with certain safety assessment software, including SAFRAN, Microshield and EcoLego.

By studying models and IAEA guidance related to safety assessments at all stages of waste management-from pre-disposal to the post-closure phase of a disposal facility-and by conducting hands-on exercises with modelling tools, the training course better prepared its participants to conduct effective safety assessments for radioactive waste management facilities, particularly those which manage DSRS.

The training course was attended by 39 participants from 22 IAEA Member States, including Albania, Argentina, Croatia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Indonesia, Jordan, Libya, Malaysia, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Philippines, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Tunisia and the United Republic of Tanzania.

[1]INT9182, 'Sustaining Cradle-to-Grave Control of Radioactive Sources'