26th - 28th November 2019 - Athens
19th EAN WORKSHOP “INNOVATIVE ALARA TOOLS” JOINTLY ORGANISED WITH THE
PODIUM (Personal Online DosImetry Using computational Methods) PROJECT
A joint workshop
The PODIUM Project and the European ALARA Network have come together to organize a joint workshop to present PODIUM results, innovative ALARA tools and discuss broadly their use in advancing RP and ALARA.
Innovations in instrumentation, computing and information technology have provided numerous tools for improving our day-to-day lives. In the same way, new and innovative approaches to radiation protection (RP) could also be developed in particular in the ALARA process. However, as with most new technologies, issues and challenges need to be identified and tackled.
The main aim of the PODIUM project is the development of an online dosimetry application based on computer simulations without the use of physical dosemeters. Real movements of exposed workers captured by tracking tools have been used together with Monte Carlo simulations for the development of the application. The methodology has been applied in two crucial workplaces where improvements in dosimetry are urgently needed: neutron and interventional radiology workplaces. The availability of advanced online dosimetry applications such as these in the radiation protection field will increase awareness among workers and should improve the implementation of the ALARA principle. Therefore, during the workshop emphasis will be given on how exposed workers can be trained by using real-time dose results to effectively apply the ALARA principle on how exposed workers can be trained by using real-time dose results to effectively apply the ALARA principle.
The main objectives of the European ALARA Network workshop are:
- to present and review recent and emerging innovative “ALARA Tools” used in the different steps of the ALARA process;
- to investigate the benefits of the tools and identify potential limits and obstacles in their application;
- to disseminate the knowledge on “ALARA Tools” in support of the ALARA process;
- to investigate how innovative “ALARA Tools” and innovation may (re)shape the ALARA process for the next years: evolution or revolution?