NORM & Natural Radiation Management North America Conference 2013
20 – 21 March 2013, Houston, USA
Navigating regulations and improving disposal and detection efficiency
Having taken place in London for almost a decade, IBC Energy is delighted to bring the leading and longest running NORM conference to Houston!
CRITICAL ISSUES TO BE ADDRESSED INCLUDE:
- REGULATION, POLICY AND STRATEGY
- NORM FROM FRACKING
- DETECTION AND SAMPLING METHODS
- NORM STRATEGIES FROM THE MIDDLE EAST AND ARGENTINA
- DISPOSAL OF NORM
- PROTECTION OF THE WORKFORCE
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The 64th Executive Council (EC) meeting of IRPA was held in Berlin from Thursday 29th November to Saturday 1st December, 2012.
At its last Annual General Meeting, 30-31 October 2012, Rome, Italy, ICNIRP decided on a new workplan -> www.icnirp.org/workplan.htm and a new structure, which is now to be installed. The new structure foresees that a pool of external experts are chosen - following their election by the Commission members and a positive screening of their Declaration of Interests - to form the Scientific Expert Group (SEG). Members of the SEG are selected, when additional expertise is needed, to complement membership in the ICNIRP Project Groups (IPGs). IPGs are the new entities preparing the ICNIRP draft documents. As soon as the new structure is in place, the old structure with Standing Committees and Consulting Experts will be removed.
SEG members are a very valuable support to ICNIRP as they are bringing in their specific expertise and adding considerable workpower. SEG members are in turn receiving indepth knowledge on ICNIRP's work practice and an opportunity to contribute to the development of science based NIR protection guidance. ICNIRP is continously looking at broadening its expertise base and extending external participation in the work process.
SEG Call for nominations - Open until 6 December 2012
ICNIRP is glad to call all IRPA societies to send their nominations for membership in the Scientific Expert Group to the Secretariat at email@example.com until 6 December 2012 using the SEG form and providing all necessary documentation (DoI and CV with publication list). All forms are available for download at www.icnirp.org/activities.htm.
The health benefits accruing to mankind from the medical use of ionizing radiation, such as X-rays, or from radioactive substances are well recognized. Many countries are nevertheless still lacking access to essential radiation-based health services. However, on the whole the exposure of the global population to ionizing radiation is rising rapidly, nearly exclusively due to medical uses of radiation.
The conference will deal with aspects of radiation protection related to the use of ionizing radiation and radioactive substances in medicine.
The conference will have the following objectives, in particular:
• to indicate gaps in current approaches to radiation protection in medicine;
• to identify tools for improving radiation protection in medicine;
• to review advances, challenges and opportunities in the field of radiation protection in medicine;
• to assess the impact of the International Action Plan for the Radiation Protection of Patients, in order to prepare new international recommendations, taking into account newer developments.
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The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) organizes jointly with the World Health Organization (WHO) a workshop on “Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection in Medicine” in Bonn, Germany, on December 2, 2012.
The workshop on “NIR in Medicine” will cover medical as well as cosmetic applications from all frequency ranges of the non-ionizing electromagnetic spectrum as well as ultrasound. The benefit from NIR use in medicine, such as MRI for diagnostic and interventional imaging, is well recognized, especially in view of the alternative use of ionizing radiation. However, while a key aspect of ionizing radiation protection is optimization through dose reduction, the development of NIR technologies still focuses on image quality improvements without consideration of the ever increasing exposure levels for both health care workers and patients. Also the increasing use of NIR applications such as ultrasound and intense pulsed light (IPL) for cosmetic and wellness business by lay persons call for a closer look at health and safety aspects.
The workshop will review the current status of radiation protection as well as trends in development, identify gaps in knowledge of possible health effects and address patient as well as medical staff safety.
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