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ARPANSA hosts international workshop on national dose registries

28 May 2018

On 24-25 May 2018, ARPANSA and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) hosted an Asia-Pacific region workshop on the Establishment and Maintenance of a National Dose Registry for those who work with radiation as part of their jobs.

Monitoring workers for radiation exposure and recording of occupational doses are important aspects of any radiation protection program. In Australia, it is mandatory that workers’ doses are recorded and maintained for the long term. We manage the Australian National Radiation Dose Register (ANRDR), which securely stores and maintains radiation dose records to help employers meet their record keeping requirements.

The regional workshop, coordinated by ARPANSA and the IAEA, and facilitated by experts from Latin America, provided an opportunity to share best practice approaches for establishing and maintaining a national dose registry of exposed workers.

Participants presented on the status of their national dose registries, challenges they face in implementing and operating a registry, and shared lessons learned.

The ANRDR currently stores dose records for thousands of workers in the Australian uranium mining and milling industry, the mineral sands industry and Commonwealth licence holders. The ANRDR team is now working closely with a partner organisation in the medical sector as part of the pilot phase of its expansion to that sector. Workers who have their records submitted to the ANRDR by their employer are able to request their personal dose history report to track the radiation doses received throughout their career.

Find out more about the ANRDR and its benefits.