What is ISEMIR?
ISEMIR is the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Information System on Occupational Exposure in Medicine, Industry and Research. Currently ISEMIR operate two databases, ISEMIR-IC for interventional cardiology and ISEMIR-IR for industrial radiography.
The Australian National Radiation Dose Register (ANRDR) is the primary national registry for radiation dose records. ISEMIR offers additional support in radiation protection for the highest occupationally exposed groups.
The primary objectives of ISEMIR are:
- to help to improve occupational radiation protection programmes in specific medical, research and industrial areas
- to facilitate the implementation of as low as reasonably achievable practices and effective exposure management
- to internationally benchmark specific task-related occupational exposures in order to identify good practices as well as gaps
- to define follow-up actions to address identified gaps and disseminate lessons learnt
- to contribute to minimising the likelihood of accidents, for example, by identifying pre-cursors, user feedback and experience.
ARPANSA encourages employers of interventional cardiologists and industrial radiographers to register with ISEMIR. Each organisation needs one person, typically their radiation protection officer, radiation safety officer or medical physicist, to become their registered facility coordinator.
The success of the ISEMIR-IC database is dependent on IC facilities registering and contributing their occupational dose and other data for each calendar year.
ISEMIR-IC is a tool for radiation protection optimisation in interventional cardiology (IC) facilities. ISEMIR-IC is developed as a web-based tool for data collection and analysis of occupational doses for individuals in IC, and for the use of this information to improve occupational radiation protection. It assists IC facilities in benchmarking their arrangements in radiation protection and safety, and hence in promoting, and implementing, optimisation of occupational radiation protection.
ISEMIR-IR is a tool for radiation protection optimisation in non-destructive testing companies carrying out industrial radiography (IR). ISEMIR-IR is developed as a web-based tool for regular data collection and analysis of occupational doses for individuals in IR, and for the use of this information to improve occupational radiation protection.
Related ARPANSA codes and guides
ARPANSA has developed the Radiation Protection Series which includes the Code for Radiation Protection in Planned Exposure Situations (RPS C-1), the Code of Radiation Protection Requirements for Industrial Radiography (RPS C-4) and the Code of Practice for Radiation Protection in the Medical Applications of Ionizing Radiation (RPS 14). RPS 14 is further supported by a series of safety guides in particular the Safety Guide for Radiation Protection in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology (RPS 14.1)
These codes and guides contain requirements and good practice information that are aligned with IAEA guidance for these fields.