HPS Media Center


Welcome to the Media Center. Within these pages you can find current and previous press releases and articles referring to the Health Physics Society (HPS). There are also some resources available for HPS members who might be preparing for a media interview.

HPS Editor in Chief Kelly Classic addresses media issues and can be reached at webed@hps.org.

SAFETY Guidelines for Journalists: Radiation Incidents

In 2016, a workshop for international journalists was held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, funded by the Stanley Foundation and supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Atomic Reporters in an effort to increase the understanding of radiation incidents and how to better report on this technical topic. There were many subject-matter experts at the workshop, along with many IAEA and European experts. The workshop was well represented with the lead European, US, and Middle Eastern journalists (BBC, NPR, CNN, Business Today, Arms Control, Al-Jazeera, etc.) that routinely cover radiation-related topics. The resulting report of the workshop will be especially of interest to journalists due to the included infographics.

Its guidelines provide basic safety information for the protection of journalists that can be conveyed to the public to limit the risk of radiation exposure. The guide will be translated into language versions for international use. Carolyn Mac Kenzie, its author, is a recognized radiation protection specialist. Feedback on the guide was received from specialists in the fields of health physics, emergency response, and journalism.

The Stanley Foundation and Atomic Reporters encourage use of this report for educational purposes. Any part of the material may be duplicated with proper acknowledgment.

Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future

The HPS commends the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future (BRC) for undertaking the difficult task of devising a new strategy for the management of spent nuclear fuel and associated high-level waste. The HPS supports those key elements of the strategy proposed in the January 2012 report of the BRC that pertain to ensuring the radiation safety of workers and the public and promoting research in radiation safety.

HPS Response to BRC Report

National Press Club Panel on Fukushima Daiichi Accident

The HPS convened a panel of leading scientific experts on radiation safety at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on 1 March 2012 for the benefit of invited media personnel. The name of the program was "Risks and Effects of Radiation: Putting Fukushima in Context." Presentation material, the transcript, and video clips of the panel discussion follow.


Radiation and Risk: Expert Perspectives

Concern over radiation exposure following the March 2010 tsunami and resulting destruction to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility compelled a group of radiation scientists to explain radiation risks to the general public. Some of these experts were convened in a panel sponsored by the HPS at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on 1 March 2012 in order to better inform the conversation around the one-year anniversary of Fukushima.

Two years after the accident, HPS Web Operations published on this website Radiation and Risk: Expert Perspectives, a compilation of papers on topics including natural radiation, medical applications of radiation, effects of natural and man-made radiation on the environment, safety controls of nuclear energy production, risk communication, and the regulatory implications of radiation safety. The HPS editorial staff hopes that these papers provide a meaningful and understandable explanation of radiation and related risk to human health and well-being.

IRPA North American Workshop on the Ethical Dimensions of Radiological Protection

"Radiation protection is not only a matter for science. It is a problem of philosophy, and morality, and the utmost wisdom." L.S. Taylor, 1956

The International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) held the first North American Workshop on the ethical dimensions of the radiological protection system. This workshop was held 17–18 July 2014 and was sponsored by the HPS, the Canadian Radiation Protection Association, and the Sociedad Mexicana de Seguridad Radiologica.

IRPA has been requested by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) to support the latter's initiative on the philosophy and, in particular, the ethics of radiological protection. Consequently, IRPA has organized a series of international workshops on the ethical dimensions of radiological protection in order to gather comments, experience, and suggestions from its associate societies that will support the development of a guidance document. This process was successfully used to develop the IRPA Guidance Document on Radiation Protection Culture. Workshops have already been held in Asia (Daejeon, Korea) in August 2013 and in Europe (Milan, Italy) in December 2013. These workshops featured presentations on the subject from various perspectives, followed by breakout sessions to develop suggested positions on the various issues. The ICRP has created Task Group 94 under Committee 4 (Application of the Commission's Recommendations) to develop an ICRP publication on the ethical dimensions of the radiological protection system, and a draft for review is planned to be completed by the end of 2015. The input from IRPA will be an important contribution to this document, representing the views of the global radiation protection profession.