Submittal Deadline Extended for IAEA Conference on Occupational Radiation Exposure
The International Conference on Occupational Radiation Protection: Enhancing the Protection of Workers – Gaps, Challenges and Developments has extended their deadline for submitting papers.
Nominations Requested for Radiation Advisory Committee Opening
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) staff office is seeking nominations of experts to serve on the Radiation Advisory Committee (RAC) with demonstrated expertise in the following disciplines: fate and transport of radionuclides; radiation carcinogenesis; radiation exposure; radiation worker health and safety; radiological emergency response; radiological risk assessment; and radon exposure. The call for nominations can be found at: (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-04-18/pdf/2014-08923.pdf).
Online Preliminary Program for HPS Annual Meeting in Baltimore
The preliminary program
for the 59th Annual Health Physics Society meeting being held in Baltimore, Maryland, 13–17 July 2014, is now available online.
Comments Requested on OSHA Dose Limits
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is soliciting public comments concerning its proposal to extend approval of the information-collection requirements specified in the Ionizing Radiation Standard (29 CFR 1910.1096). See the Federal Register notice at gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-04-01/pdf/2014-07231.pdf.
OSHA says that these information-collection requirements protect workers from the adverse health effects that may result from occupational exposure to ionizing radiation. Comments must be submitted by 2 June 2014OSHA is particularly interested in comments on the following issues:
Poster Abstracts Accepted for Annual Meeting Until 1 June
Submissions of abstracts for the 2014 Health Physics Society Annual Meeting Current Events and Works-in-Progress posters may be made online until 1 June 2014.
Health Physics Education Study Performed by ORISE Released
A new report titled Health Physics Enrollments and Degrees Survey, 2013 Data, found that the number of college students graduating with majors in health physics between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 has increased slightly for bachelor's degrees, but decreased for both master's and doctoral candidates. The report was performed and published by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).
"We are concerned about the vitality of health physics teaching programs at several colleges and universities," said Dr. Darrell R. Fisher, president of the Health Physics Society. "To remain vibrant and healthy, these programs need highly dedicated faculty, long-term support from university administrators, and adequate sponsored funding for fellowships and research. Graduate programs also need to actively recruit from undergraduate talent pools to maintain a critical mass."The report also showed:
Read the full press release with a short summary of the report on the ORAU website media center.Read the report on the ORISE website.
On the Passing of David Sowby, Past Scientific Secretary of ICRP
An international icon in radiation protection, (Francis) David Sowby died peacefully on Wednesday, 12 March 2014.
David became the scientific secretary of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) in 1961 and remained in the service of ICRP for 24 years.
During his long tenure as scientific secretary, David developed all the necessary administrative routines, improved the base of funding bodies contributing to the financing of ICRP, and considerably extended the number of formal links with the United Nations, intergovernmental organizations, and other organizations. He participated very actively in making ICRP, a truly international organization. During his tenure, ICRP created its own journal, the Annals of the ICRP.
David was involved in the scientific projects of ICRP and contributed much to the drafting of many reports, including the 1977 Recommendations of International Commission on Radiological Protection (Publication 26, the basis of the system of radiological protection). He was a founding member of the Society for Radiological Protection and was a corresponding member of the Health Physics Society until his retirement in 1985.
A more detailed tribute to David can be found on the ICRP website.
Engineering Practices Recommendations From Fukushima Study
The Research Committee of the Japan
Society of Mechanical Engineers has conducted two years of study
regarding the East Japan Earthquake that caused the Fukushima Daiichi
accident. The committee has recently presented a report containing four
proposals on future engineering practices for large-scale systems such
as nuclear reactors.
NAS Beebe Symposium on Reactor Accidents Will Be 13 May 2014
The 2014 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Beebe Symposium: The Science and Response to a Nuclear Reactor Accident, will be held 13 May 2014 in Washington, DC.
PDS on Radiation Instruments
The Baltimore Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society (HPS) is hosting a two-day professional development school (PDS) on radiation instruments just before the annual HPS meeting in Baltimore in July. Since 11 September 2001, the increasing concerns for national security have led radiation instrument manufacturers to develop many new and innovative instruments. While most health physicists are familiar with the traditional ion chambers, Geiger counters, and sodium iodide detectors, a vast array of new instruments is now available. This PDS will review new instrument designs, capabilities, and limitations and provide opportunities for demonstration and side-by-side comparisons.
EPA Requests Comments on Updating Nuclear Power Environmental Standards
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking that requests public comment and information on potential approaches to updating the EPA's "Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Nuclear Power Operations" (40 CFR Part 190).
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