NDTnet 1998 Aug, Vol.3 No.8
The New European Radiation Protection Standards Directive.
K.E. Schnuer - European Commission DGXI, Luxemburg.
Keywords: Radiation Safety
The European Union adopted on 13 May 1996 the Council Directive 96/29/EURATOM laying down Basic Safety Standards for the protection of the health of workers and the general public against the dangers arising from ionizing radiation. The Directive is addressed to the Member States who now have the obligation of transposing the given obligations into their national legislation before May 2000. As a result, the adoption of the new Directive will strengthen the radiation protection in the European Union. The paper will describe where this legislative changes are influencing work management in the field of industrial application of gammagraphy and neutron radiography. Information will be given about the reduction of annual radiation dose limits, the introduction of dose constraints and the changes in the dosimetric concepts. Most recent national records and statistics on individual and collective radiation dose clearly underline that there is space left for improving the existing situation in order to reducing doses to workers. Furthermore, procedures must be established for reducing doses to workers and to protect better the workers or the general public. Since nearly all severe radiological events took place during the use of radiation sources in the non nuclear industry the paper will provide information on the envisaged joint international efforts to overcome this unsatisfactory situation.
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