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

Radioprotection des travailleurs lors du démantèlement des installations nucléaires

VAILLANT L.

KRS Workshop, Bern, Suisse, 8 April 2016

Résumé

Le nombre de centrales nucléaires mises à l’arrêt définitif est croissant en Europe et aux Etats-Unis. Le démantèlement de ces installations présente des risques particuliers par rapport à la phase d’exploitation qu’il convient d’anticiper et de gérer afin d’assurer un niveau optimal de protection des intervenants.

Read more: Radioprotection des travailleurs lors du démantèlement des installations nucléaires

L’accident de Tchernobyl 30 ans après : L’impact sur les conditions de vie des populations

Thierry SCHNEIDER

Journée SFRP "Tchernobyl, 30 ans après", Paris UIC, 15 mars 2016.

Résumé

L’accident de Tchernobyl a induit une contamination durable de l’environnement qui a certes évolué depuis 30 ans mais qui demeure présente encore aujourd’hui. Cette contamination persistante a mis en évidence la problématique de la gestion post-accidentelle sur le long terme et la nécessité de mettre en oeuvre des mesures de protection de la population adaptées. L’objectif de cette communication est d’aborder les perturbations économiques et sociales induites par la contamination durable de l’environnement et de présenter les initiatives mises en place en Biélorussie depuis une vingtaine d’années afin de contribuer à l’amélioration des conditions de vie des populations.

Read more: L’accident de Tchernobyl 30 ans après : L’impact sur les conditions de vie des populations

Practical radiological protection culture at school: experience and lessons learned

LOCHARD J.

Technical Meeting on Radiation, Health and Healing. Fukushima Medical University, Japan, 9-10 March 2016

Abstract

The concept of practical radiological protection culture emerged in the late 90s under the ETHOS project in Belarus and has gradually deepened in the CORE program during the decade that followed. Initially developed with adults, this culture rapidly appeared as a key element in the education of schoolchildren living in the long term contaminated areas by the Chernobyl accident.

Read more: Practical radiological protection culture at school: experience and lessons learned

Dialoguing with people as a radiological protection professional: lessons from Chernobyl and Fukushima

LOCHARD J.

FMU International Symposium: Five Years Since the Great East Japan Earthquake,Tsunami and Nuclear Crisis. 8 March 2016, Fukushima Medical University, Japan.

Abstract

The accidents of Chernobyl and Fukushima highlighted the difficulty for experts to communicate with the affected population. Scientific information and technical explanations are not able by themselves to restore confidence of those whose autonomy has been severely amputated by the sudden irruption of radioactivity in their daily lives. It is only by establishing a process of regular dialogue between experts and local communities that it is possible to gradually restore confidence through the development of a practical radiological protection culture allowing everyone to make informed decisions to protect oneself taking account of the prevailing local circumstances.

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Communicating on Radiation Risk: Between Science and Narrative

LOCHARD J.

Second Conference on Science, Technology, and Society (STS) : Perspectives on Nuclear Science, Radiation, and Human Health: The View from Asia, Nagasaki, Japan, 10-11 November 2015

Abstract

Radiation protection professionals suffer from a lack of confidence, which dates back to the history of the development of nuclear weapons and nuclear power. Their involvement in the management of accidents at Chernobyl and Fukushima has not helped to restore this confidence and even in some cases has aggravated the gap with the population. For decades, the profession has tried to respond to criticism of all kinds, but also to the legitimate questions from citizens in trying to explain the nature of the health risk, its importance given the circumstances and to put it into perspective with other comparable risks. Despite all the deployed efforts ‘risk-communication’ has not succeeded to reverse the trend and the temptation is great for some professionals to think that the fear of radiation is powered by irrationality or even some kind of phobia.

Read more: Communicating on Radiation Risk: Between Science and Narrative

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.