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  • 14 Jun 2022 9:19 AM | Matthew (Administrator)

    IRPA is pleased to inform on the First IRPA International Webinar: News on IRPA Task Groups. Webinar hosted in coordination with the Health Physics Society (HPS).

    The webinar will be on Thursday July 7, 2022, from 01:00 p.m. CET to 03:00 p.m. CET. Please, save the date!

    Registration Link –

    https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8703493675260593167

    Very soon there will be more information.

  • 21 Apr 2022 3:32 PM | Matthew (Administrator)

    COURT NOTICE

    University of Sydney pleads guilty and is convicted for offences against the Radiation Control Act 1990 and the Radiation Control Regulation 2013.

    The University of Sydney (“the University”) has pleaded guilty and been convicted by the Land and Environment Court of NSW for offences under section 6(6) of the Radiation Control Act 1990 (“RC Act”) and clause 34(1) of the Radiation Control Regulation 2013.

    The convictions relate to an incident which occurred in January 2019 in which the University engaged a contractor to decommission and dispose of a positron emission tomography scanner which contained a sealed radioactive caesium- 137 source (“the Source”). The University was required to obtain consent from the EPA’s Chairperson to dispose of the Source, and to ensure that it was not given to or possessed by any person who did not hold an appropriate licence. It did not do so.

    The Source was transported from the University’s premises in Camperdown NSW to a scrap metal yard in Chipping Norton NSW by a company which was not licensed under the RC Act to transport it.

    The Source was subsequently sent from Chipping Norton to another scrap metal yard in Hexham NSW, where it was detected via a radiation alarm and reported to the EPA. No actual harm was caused to the environment or any person as a result of the offences and the Source remained in its protective casing at all times. There is no suggestion the offences were intentional or caused by negligence or recklessness.

    The University was prosecuted by the EPA and pleaded guilty to the two offences. On 14 April 2022 the Court ordered the University to:

    1.   pay a fine of $61,000 with 50% of the fine to be paid to the EPA as a moiety;

    2.   pay the EPA’s legal costs as agreed or assessed; and

    3.   cause this notice to be published in the Sydney Morning Herald, the ARPS Quarterly Newsletter, on its website and posted on Facebook.

    The Court’s judgement can be accessed here: Environment Protection Authority v University of Sydney - NSW Caselaw.

  • 5 Apr 2022 9:29 AM | Matthew (Administrator)

    “ARPS Task Group on Recruitment of New Professionals into Radiation Protection”

    Overview

    The recruitment of graduates and professionals into the field of radiation protection and the retention of experienced practitioners in Australia is currently proving to be difficult.

    The demand for practitioners is expected to increase in coming years with a number of government projects and industry projects coming online.

    ARPS is the national body representing radiation protection practitioners and is therefore well place to consider current and previous practices and provide practical advice and guidance to government and private industry to address the situation. To achieve this, ARPS is establishing a multidisciplinary task group aimed at developing a set of recommendations for consideration by the ARPS Executive.

    The task group will provide, as a minimum, recommendation to the ARPS Executive by end of 2022, with status updates during the July 2022 and October 2022 executive meetings.

    The task group will bring together ARPS member from a number of organisations including defence, health sector, metalliferous and energy industries, education, and regulatory agencies with the following aims:

    • ·         Estimate the possible government and industry projects which may come online, and projected practitioner numbers required over the next 3, 5 and 10 years
    • ·         To identify opportunities for different groups to work together
    • ·         To determine possible strategies to attract new professionals
    • ·         To determine possible strategies to retain experienced professionals
    • ·         To provide advice on mentoring, in-service education, and succession planning
    • ·         To provide a set of recommendations and present to the ARPS executive.

    The work of the Task Group will primarily be via videoconferencing, internet, email and telephone

    Workgroup Formation

    ARPS has invited Mark Sonter to chair the workgroup, based on his extensive multi-disciplined experience. It is intended that the workgroup will have no more than 10 members serving in personal (not sectoral representative) capacities.  The workgroup may, from time to time, wish to bring in certain expertise, whether internal or external to ARPS, to assist with specific discussions.

    ARPS members are invited to apply to be part of the task group, with members working in a pro-bono capacity, however certain out-of-pocket expenses will be considered for approval by the ARPS executive.

    If you would like to contribute and participate, please submit your expression of interest to the ARPS secretariat at secretariat@arps.org.au by Thursday 14th April. All applicants will receive a reply by end of April.

    Secretariat

    ARPS will provide the secretariat to assist the workgroup in meeting its objectives.  The secretariat will assist in arranging the meetings, taking minutes and maintaining the business arising/action list.  Any further assistance will need to be considered by the ARPS executive.

  • 4 Apr 2022 1:10 PM | Phil (Administrator)

    ICRP 2023, the 7th International Symposium on the System of Radiological Protection, will be held in Tokyo, Japan. It will be hosted by National Institutes for Quantum Science and Technology (QST), in collaboration with Japanese academic societies.

    This International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) Symposium will be a major milestone in the review and revision of the System of Radiological Protection. Attendees can expect world-class sessions and hospitality.

    ICRP 2023 will be held 6-9 November 2023 at the Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba, conveniently located 20 minutes from Haneda Airport (HND) and 90 minutes from Narita Airport (NRT), and is directly accessible from Daiba Station on the Yurikamome Line.

    More information will be available in the coming months.

  • 1 Mar 2022 6:01 PM | Matthew (Administrator)
    "Exploring Relative Biological Effectiveness" will take place on 16 March 2022 from 12:00 to 1:30pm GMT, and will be hosted by Gayle Woloschak (Professor, Departments of Radiation Oncology, Radiology, and Cell and Molecular Biology, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University) and ICRP Task Group 118.
  • 14 Feb 2022 10:24 AM | Matthew (Administrator)

    World Nuclear University's Summer Institute is back! This summer, the Summer Institute will be hosted by Spain, thanks to the generous support of the Spanish Nuclear Industry.

    Built on a foundation of instruction from the world’s leading nuclear experts, World Nuclear University’s annual leadership and professional development programme brings together nuclear professionals from around the world to share knowledge and broaden horizons. Through a mix of taught lectures, mentored group work, industry-focused projects, and technical site visits, Summer Institute fellows will improve their leadership capabilities and team effectiveness.

    Applications are now open for the programme, taking place in person from 19 June to 23 July 2022.

    The application deadline for company-funded applicants is 20 March 2022.

    A number of placements are available for IAEA Technical Cooperation funding.

    http://wna.informz.ca/z/cjUucD9taT0xMzI0MDIxJnA9MSZ1PTkyMTA3NTQxNSZsaT0yNTAyMDEzMQ/index.html

  • 8 Feb 2022 12:21 PM | Matthew (Administrator)

    Wednesday, 20th April 2022 at 12 pm GMT

    Register here

    NEW: A certificate of attendance will be provided to those who attend the session in full.

    To check the corresponding time in your country please check this link:
    https://greenwichmeantime.com/time-gadgets/time-zone-converter/

    Organizer: Madan Rehani, IOMP
    Moderator: Christoper Clement, ICRP
    Speakers: Werner Ruehm, Dominique Laurier, and Richard Wakeford

  • 4 Feb 2022 9:55 AM | Matthew (Administrator)

    Task Group 113 - Reference Organ and Effective Dose Coefficients for Common Diagnostic X-ray Imaging Examinations

    Task Group 121 - Effects of Ionising Radiation Exposure in Offspring and Next Generations

    Would you like to know more.

  • 2 Feb 2022 10:49 AM | Matthew (Administrator)

    The 10th International Symposium on NORM is organized by the Dutch foundation “Radiation Protection Symposium North-West Europe”, under the auspices of the Dutch Society for Radiation Protection (NVS). 25 years ago the first NORM symposium was also organized in the Netherlands. 

    Find more info on there website: https://normx2022.com/ 

    And the attached brochure

  • 2 Feb 2022 10:42 AM | Matthew (Administrator)

    ICRP has announced that they are seeking applications from organisations to loan staff to work in the ICRP Scientific Secretariat, remotely or in the Ottawa office (or a combination of both), full-time or part-time, for a period of one year or more. Would you like to know more? https://icrp.org/page.asp?id=566.

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