Information System on Occupational Exposure (ISOE) International Workshop on

    Occupational Radiation Protection in Severe Accident Management: Sharing Practices and Experiences

    Co-sponsored by OECD Nuclear Energy Agency and International Atomic Energy Agency
    Hosted by the Nuclear Energy Institute

    Washington DC, USA
    17-18 June 2014


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    Key dates

    2 December 2013 Registration open
    28 April 2014 Final programme issued
    30 May 2014 Deadline for registration
    17-18 June 2014 Workshop


    Background

    The Information System on Occupational Exposure (ISOE), with its participating utilities and regulatory authorities, is a core group of experts for exchanging experience in developing safe, sustainable and societally acceptable strategies for emerging operational issues in the field of occupational radiation protection. In response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident, the Expert Group on Occupational Radiation Protection in Severe Accident Management and Post-Accident Recovery (EG-SAM) was established by the ISOE in May 2011. The overarching objective of the group is to contribute to occupational exposure management (providing a view on management of high radiation area worker doses) in Fukushima with the ISOE participants, and to address the experience of various ISOE utilities with various occupational radiation protection management approaches in severe accidents, radiation protection management approaches for highly contaminated areas, selection of proper RP protective tools and clothes including remotely operated instruments, means to fix and eliminate contamination, access procedures to the site, shielding, emergency/accident individual dosimetry and its assessment, psychological aspects, etc. The final product of the group will be a report on best occupational radiation protection management procedures for proper radiation protection job overage during severe accident, initial response and recovery efforts and radiation protection lessons learned from previous reactor accidents.

    The interim report of the EG-SAM, which was accomplished during meetings from 2012 to 2013 and approved in the 23th Annual Session of ISOE Management Board, includes perspectives of the group and discussions on: 

    • Radiation Protection Management and Organisation,
    • Radiation Protection Training and Exercises related to Severe Accident Management,
    • Facility Configuration and Readiness,
    • Overall Approach on the Protection of Workers,
    • Radioactive Materials, Contamination Controls and Logistics, and
    • Lessons Learned from the past accidents.

    With the completion of the first step, the Management Board decided to organize an international workshop to introduce the interim report and to incorporate the national experiences that will be presented during the workshop for the finalization of the report.

    Workshop Objectives

    The objective of the Workshop on Occupational Radiation Protection in Severe Accident Management is to share practices and experiences in approaches to severe accident management. The workshop will:

    • provide an international forum for information and experience exchange amongst nuclear electricity utilities and national regulatory authorities on approaches to, and issues in severe accident management, including national and international implications. Focus will be placed on sharing practices and experiences in many countries on approaches to severe accident management;
    • identify best occupational radiation protection approaches in strategies, practices, as well as limitations for developing effective management. This will include experiences in various countries;
    • identify national experiences to be incorporated to the final version of ISOE EG-SAM report.

    Workshop Format

    The workshop will include a series of plenary presentations to provide participants with an overview of practices and experiences in severe accident management from various countries. Furthermore, by taking into account the structure of interim report, common themes and issues will be discussed in follow-up breakout sessions. Sessions will include invited speakers, moderated by designated experts, to allow participants to discuss their national experiences and possible inputs to the report.

    The outcomes of the breakout sessions will be presented in plenary by the respective moderators followed by open discussion, with a view towards elaborating ways forward to achieve more effective severe accident management.

    Target Audience and Participation

    The workshop is addressed to a broad cross-section of radiation protection professionals from nuclear utilities and national regulatory authorities, such as:

    • Nuclear Electricity Utilities
    • Radiation Protection and Emergency Management Authorities
    • Technical Support Organisations
    • International Organisations (e.g., OECD/NEA, IAEA, EC)

    Participation will be limited in accordance with the workshop format. The workshop organisers are responsible for determining the appropriate mix of participants. Within these restrictions, delegates are expected to be drawn heavily from the ISOE's official participants

    Workshop Outcomes

    Following the workshop, the proceedings (presentations, discussion summaries and conclusions) and final version of the EG-SAM report will be prepared and made available to participants and other interested parties on the ISOE network website.

    Date and Venue

    The workshop will be held 17-18 June 2014. The meeting venue is:
    1201 F Street, NW, Suite 1100
    Washington, DC 20004, USA
    Tel: +1 (202) 739 8000
    Fax: +1 (202) 785 4019
    Website: www.nei.org

    For maps and transportation information, please visit:

    Working Language

    The working language of the workshop will be English.

    Registration, Deadlines and Accommodations

    While there is no registration fee, workshop participation is limited and registration is required. The deadline for registration is 30 May 2014. Registration can be completed at the following website: www.oecd-nea.org/confdb/confdb/conf?id=142

    The workshop website will also be used to post relevant documents for the workshop, as well as practical information such as hotel lists and directions to the venue.

    Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and meals. NEI has secured a block of rooms at a rate of $279 per night plus tax at the Hilton Garden Inn.

    Hilton Garden Inn
    815 14th Street NW
    Washington, DC, 20005, USA
    Tel: +1 (202) 783-7800
    Fax: +1 (202) 783-7801
    Website: hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/district-of-columbia/hilton-garden-inn-washington-dc-downtown-DCACHGI/index.html

    Optional Activities

    June 16: Evening Tour of Washington DC
    This excursion around DC features sightseeing at popular monuments and memorials lit up at night; do not miss the opportunity to view DC by night! The cost is approximately $70 USD. Please refer to the workshop registration form.

    Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, Lusby, Maryland June 19: Tour of the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Lusby, Maryland
    This tour includes a 1½ to 2 hour bus trip (depending on traffic) to the plant. Due to September 11 security restrictions, this tour is available to only the first 15 persons who sign up for the tour. There is no charge for this tour and a light lunch will be provided. For Security reasons, additional identification (i.e. passports) and documentation will be required.

    Workshop Organisation and Contact Information

    The workshop is organised by the ISOE, co-sponsored by the OECD/NEA and the IAEA and hosted by the Nuclear Energy Institute. The OECD/NEA will provide the Scientific Secretariat for the workshop.

    For further information, please contact:

    Mr Halil Burçin OKYAR
    OECD Nuclear Energy Agency
    Le Seine St. Germain
    12, boulevard des Iles
    92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux, FRANCE
    Tel: +33 1 45 24 10 45
    Fax: +33 1 44 30 61 14
    E-mail:

    For local information, please contact:

    Mrs Ellen P. ANDERSON
    Nuclear Energy Institute
    1776 I Street N.W, Suite 400,
    Washington, DC, 20006-3708
    USA
    Tel: +1 (202) 739-8043
    Fax: +1 (202) 533 0144
    E-mail:

    Workshop Organizing Committee*


    Mr Willie O. HARRIS

    Chair, Exelon Nuclear, United States of America

    Mr Olivier COUASNON

    Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN), France

    Mrs. Ellen P. ANDERSON

    Nuclear Energy Institute, United States of America

    Dr Salah DJEFFAL

    Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Canada

    Dr Yoshihisa HAYASHIDA

    Asian Technical Center,  JNES, Japan

    Ms Lena JENTJENS

    VGB Power Tech e.V., Germany

    Mrs Caroline SCHIEBER

    European Technical Center, CEPN, France

    Dr Ted LAZO

    OECD Nuclear Energy Agency

    Mr Jizeng MA

    International Atomic Energy Agency

    Dr David MILLER

    North American Center, United States of America

    Dr Michael SIEMANN

    OECD Nuclear Energy Agency

    Dr Claudia SCHMIDT

    Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit, Germany

    Mr Jukka SOVIJARVI

    Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, Finland

    Mr James P. TARZIA

    Radiation Safety & Control Services Inc., United States of America

    *In memory of Mr. Wataru Mizumachi

    Preliminary Workshop Programme

    The workshop will begin at 9:00 on Tuesday and end at 17:30 on Wednesday

    Session 1: EG-SAM Interim Report

    • Overall Presentation of the Report

    Session 2: Utility and Regulatory views on approaches

    • Presentation from Participating Countries

    Break-Out Sessions:

    • Radiation Protection Management, Organisation and Configuration
    • Radiation Protection Training and Exercises related to Severe Accident Management
    • Worker Protection, Controls and Logistics

    Session 3: Conclusions and Results from the Workshop

    • Outcomes from each session
    • Summary, Recommendations and Direction Forwards for the finalization of the report