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Emergency Preparedness and Response: A Safety Net

Abstract

Full text: The objective of nuclear regulatory work is to prevent accidents. Nevertheless, possibility of a severe accident cannot be totally excluded, which makes a safety net, efficient emergency preparedness and response, necessary. Should the possibility of accidents be rejected, the result would be in the worst case inadequate protection of population, functions of society, and environment from harmful effects of radiation. Adequate resources for maintenance and development of emergency arrangement are crucial. However, they need to be balanced taking into account risks assessments, justified expectations of society, and international requirements. To successfully respond to an emergency, effective emergency preparedness, such as up-to-date plans and procedures, robust arrangements and knowledgeable and regularly trained staff are required. These, however, are not enough without willingness and proactive attitude to • communicate in a timely manner; • co-operate and coordinate actions; • provide and receive assistance; and • evaluate and improve emergency arrangements. In the establishment and development of emergency arrangements, redundant and diverse means or tools used are needed in, for example, communication and assessment of hazard. Any severe nuclear emergency would affect all countries either directly or indirectly. Thus, national emergency arrangements have to be compatible to the extent practicable with  More>>
Authors:
Aaltonen, H., E-mail: hannele.aaltonen@stuk.fi [1] 
  1. Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK), Helsinki (Finland)
Publication Date:
Oct 15, 2014
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
IAEA-TECDOC-CD-1749
Resource Relation:
Conference: 5. International Conference on Topical Issues in Nuclear Installation Safety: Defence in Depth - Advances and Challenges for Nuclear Installation Safety, Vienna (Austria), 21-24 Oct 2013; Other Information: Invited presentation; Related Information: In: International Conference on Topical Issues in Nuclear Installation Safety: Defence in Depth — Advances and Challenges for Nuclear Installation Safety. Proceedings of an International Conference held in Vienna, Austria, 21-24 October 2013| 353 p.
Subject:
61 RADIATION PROTECTION AND DOSIMETRY; ACCIDENTS; ATTITUDES; COMMUNICATIONS; EMERGENCY PLANS; ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION; HAZARDS; MAINTENANCE; RADIATION PROTECTION; RISK ASSESSMENT; SAFETY
OSTI ID:
22318517
Research Organizations:
International Atomic Energy Agency, Safety Assessment Section, Vienna (Austria)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISBN 978-92-0-158214-0; ISSN 1684-2073; TRN: XA14M7033024714
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form. Also available on-line: http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/TE-1749_CD_web.pdf and on 1 CD-ROM from IAEA, Marketing and Sales Unit, Publishing Section, E-mail: sales.publications@iaea.org; Web site: http://www.iaea.org/books
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 115
Announcement Date:
Mar 21, 2015

Citation Formats

Aaltonen, H., E-mail: hannele.aaltonen@stuk.fi. Emergency Preparedness and Response: A Safety Net. IAEA: N. p., 2014. Web.
Aaltonen, H., E-mail: hannele.aaltonen@stuk.fi. Emergency Preparedness and Response: A Safety Net. IAEA.
Aaltonen, H., E-mail: hannele.aaltonen@stuk.fi. 2014. "Emergency Preparedness and Response: A Safety Net." IAEA.
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