The workshop is planned to highlight, review and discuss topics related to the development of training materials (including e-learning) and the organization of training activities in the field of in-situ characterization of sites.
Radiologically contaminated sites continue to exist all over the world. They originate from past activities that were never subject to regulatory control or they were regulated, but not in accordance with prevailing international standards including those formulated by the IAEA. Contaminated sites may have also resulted from nuclear and/or radiological accidents. These sites can lead to the exposure of the public to ionizing radiation resulting in negative health effects.
The use of in-situ techniques in environmental monitoring has increased during the last years. In-situ techniques and other nuclear-related methods have reached a high level of analytical performance and offer certain advantages over other more traditional characterization procedures. However, there is an uneven level of experience and access to such techniques in the IAEA Members States. There is also a need to develop comprehensive guidelines that can be used by the IAEA Member States in implementing site characterization works.
The IAEA’s vision is that its Member States will eventually have in place a proper infrastructure and technologies for radiological characterization of the sites in a timely, safe and cost-effective manner. ultimate goal is to build capacity in the different IAEA Member States and to facilitate the full implementation of remediation projects.