CEPN is a non-profit organisation created in 1976 to establish a research and development centre in the fields of optimisation of radiological protection and comparison of health and environmental risks associated with energy systems.

This program was initially strongly focused on the development and application of the principle of optimization of radiological protection. Over the past few years, however, the group’s research programme has also been directed towards the involvement of stakeholders in radiological risk assessment and management, and spreading the radiological protection culture.

The studies are undertaken by a group of around fifteen engineers and economists. The research programme is evaluated by a Scientific Council.

The association currently has three members: the French public electricity generating utility (EDF), the Institute of Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) and the French Alternatives Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA).

CEPN is a a non-profit organisation created in 1976 to establish a research and development centre in the fields of optimisation of radiological protection and comparison of health and environmental risks associated with energy systems.

Recent publications

Les enseignements relatifs aux conditions de vie et à la santé des populations vivant dans des territoires contaminés par les accidents de Tchernobyl et Fukushima – Le projet européen SHAMISEN

MAITRE M., CROUAIL P., SCHNEIDER T. & al.

Les enseignements relatifs aux conditions de vie et à la santé des populations vivant dans des territoires contaminés par les accidents de Tchernobyl et Fukushima – Le projet européen SHAMISEN

Congrès National de la SFRP - Lille – 8 juin 2017

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Lessons learned from Living Conditions and Health Status of Populations living in affected territories after the Chernobyl and Fukushima accident - European SHAMISEN Project

MAITRE M., CROUAIL P., SCHNEIDER T. & al.

Lessons learned from Living Conditions and Health Status of Populations living in affected territories after the Chernobyl and Fukushima accident - European SHAMISEN Project

Third NERIS Workshop – 19 May 2017

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ALARA Self-Evaluation Guide

SCHIEBER C., ANDRESZ S.

ALARA Self-Evaluation Guide

Summary

The optimization principle is a comprehensive and iterative approach for using protection and safety measures to make radiation exposure, and the probability and magnitude of potential exposure, As Low As Reasonably Achievable or ALARA. The application of this principle for occupational radiation protection in nuclear power plants implies the elaboration of dedicated ALARA programmes. The evaluation of the efficiency of such programmes cannot be done using only dosimetric results, but should consider also other factors.

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La démarche d’optimisation de la radioprotection pour les expositions professionnelles

SCHIEBER C.

La démarche d’optimisation de la radioprotection pour les expositions professionnelles

Résumé

Cette présentation décrit les supports nécessaires pour une mise en œuvre structurée de la démarche d’optimisation. Elle souligne l’importance de l’organisation (identification des acteurs, de leurs rôle et responsabilité vis-à-vis de la radioprotection, mise en place de structures décisionnelles,...), des facteurs humains (obtenir un engagement de tous les acteurs an s’appuyant notamment sur des actions de formation, de sensibilisation et sur le développement d’une culture de radioprotection), des procédures (selon un processus cyclique : préparation, mise en œuvre, suivi et REX des interventions) et des outils (logiciels, plans d’action…). Des éléments relatifs aux spécificités des Installations Nucléaires de Base et des activités du Nucléaire de Proximité sont également fournis.

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Conclusions from the 2016 ISOE International Symposium, Brussels, 1-3 June 2016

C. Schieber - ISOE/ETC

2016 ISOE International Symposium, Brussels, 1-3 June 2016

Abstract

The 2016 ISOE International Symposium on Occupational Exposure Management at Nuclear Facilities, was organized by the European Technical Centre of the Information System on Occupational Exposure (ISOE), in collaboration with and the support of ENGIE Electrabel and the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC). The Symposium was held in Brussels, Belgium, from the 1st to the 3rd of June 2016. It was co-sponsored by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). This presentation concluded the Symposium, presenting the nominated distinguished oral and poster presentations as well as the main outcomes from the Symposium. The Symposium proceedings are available on the ISOE website.

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Radiation Protection Culture in the French Nuclear Industry

Thierry SCHNEIDER, Caroline SCHIEBER, Ludovic VAILLANT

SRP Annual Conference, Llandudno, 26-28 April 2016.

Abstract

Radiation Protection culture is a topic of specific interest for the French Society for Radiological Protection (SFRP). The preparation of the IRPA guiding principles for establishing a radiation protection culture, published in 2014 and endorsed by SFRP in 2015, was initially suggested and supported by SFRP, considering the importance of promoting radiation protection culture within organisations in order to ensure a good and well understood implementation of the radiological protection system [1].

The aim of this presentation is to outline some of the key components of the radiation protection culture and its role for the implementation of the ALARA principle for occupational exposure in the nuclear industry. Some elements regarding the development of RP culture within the French utility EDF and the main challenges for the future are also discussed.

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Exhibitions / Projects

Vous avez dit Radioprotection ?

Vous avez dit Radioprotection ?

Did you Say Radiation Protection? Stories of X-Rays, Radioactivity, etc …” is a traveling exhibition devoted to radiation protection, that is to say all the means to protect workers, the public and the environment from potentially harmful effects of X-rays and of radioactivity.

Rayons Santé

Rayons Santé

Rays and Health” is a traveling exhibition that aims to educate the general public on the uses of X-rays and radioactivity in medicine by highlighting the expected benefits but also the risks. Several topics are discussed to encourage caregivers and patients to have a reasoned and cautious approach in order to make the best use of X-rays and radioactivity for health.

ETHOS in Belarus

ETHOS en Biélorussie

Le projet européen ETHOS avait pour but d’améliorer durablement les conditions de vie des habitants des villages dont la vie quotidienne a été fortement affectée par la présence à long terme de contamination radioactive à la suite de l’accident de Tchernobyl. Il s’agissait d’une nouvelle démarche pluridisciplinaire basée sur une implication forte de la population dans l’évaluation et la gestion du risque radiologique en concertation avec les autorités locales, régionales et nationales et des experts biélorusses.