D9.87– Final report on case studies, including recommendations and guidelines on building and enhancing radiation protection culture


Report EJP-CONCERT - ENGAGE - European Joint Programme for Integration of Radiation Protection Research.September 2019.

CEPN-R-321, September 2019.

Summary ou Abstract

The ENGAGE project, funded under the H2020 CONCERT, aims at ENhancinG stAkeholder participation in the GovernancE of radiological risks. This two-year project started on November 20th 2017, seeks to identify and address key challenges and opportunities for stakeholder engagement in relation to medical use of ionising radiation; post-accident exposures; and exposure to indoor radon. In all these situations, stakeholder engagement is a key issue for improving the governance of radiological risks and the radiological protection of the exposed individuals.

Within this project a specific Work Package (WP3) is dedicated to analyse the processes and tools to disseminate radiological protection culture. The objectives of this WP are the following: i)  to investigate the role and the potential benefit of building and enhancing radiological protection culture for supporting effective stakeholder engagement and informed decision-making in relation to radiological protection at the individual and collective level; ii)  to identify processes to build and transmit radiological protection culture, adapted to the specificities of different exposure situations; and iii) to elaborate guidelines/recommendations for building radiological protection culture in view of supporting stakeholder engagement in the governance of radiological risk.

These objectives are studied in each of the three fields of exposure situations investigated in the ENGAGE Project: medical use of ionising radiations, exposure to indoor radon, emergency preparedness and response.

The work of WP3 is based on case studies performed in these three fields. In each field, ENGAGE partners have identified some processes aiming at disseminating radiological protection culture that could be studied to answer the question raised in the WP3

This report content the full case studies as well a synthesis of the findings in each exposure situation, regarding the main topics addressed in the analysis grid: target stakeholders / aim of RP culture; characterisation of RP culture; tools, methods and processes to build RP culture; evaluation of RP culture.

The case studies and synthesis have been discussed during a workshop held in Athens from 13 to 15 February, 2019. These discussions have provided elements to further elaborate the lessons learned and formulate recommendations for building RP culture in the various fields, as well as identifying further research topics that could be developed in the future:               

Medical Field:

Recommendation Medical 1: Engage initiatives to develop and promote RP culture for the health professionals who are not directly involved in medical procedure using ionizing radiations but maybe occupationally exposed and/or interacting with patients

Recommendation Medical 2: Integrate or reinforce RP culture as part of medical practices for the medical professionals who are directly involved in medical procedure using ionizing radiations

Further Developments Medical 1: Develop open access sources of information on RP in the medical field to complete initial training of the health professionals who are not directly involved in medical procedure using ionizing radiations but maybe occupationally exposed and/or interacting with patients

Further Developments Medical 2: Develop methods and tools to evaluate the level of RP culture in the medical departments using ionizing radiations in their practices

Radon field:

Recommendation Radon 1: Consider radon as a health risk issue to be integrated into a more global public environment and health protection approach. 

Recommendation Radon 2: Develop a multidisciplinary and multistakeholder approach in the elaboration of RP culture dissemination actions

Further developments Radon 1: Elaboration of training materials for building professionals

Further developments Radon 2: Development of tools and methods to evaluate the efficiency of radon RP culture dissemination actions 

Emergency Preparedness and Recovery field:

Recommendation EP&R 1: Foster the development of RP culture during preparedness phase of emergency/post-accident situations

Recommendation EP&R 2: Reinforce education and training programmes related to RP culture for experts to be involved in preparedness and management of emergency and post- accident situation

Further developments EP&R 1: Elaboration of a strategic document to be used by authorities and expert bodies to build a roadmap for the development of RP culture during preparedness phase

Further developments EP&R 2: Development of citizen science projects to develop RP culture

These recommendations and the further development topics are detailed in the report, presenting the reasons why they are proposed, suggestions on how to implement them, as well as the main actors concerned.


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