Lessons learned from radiation and non-radiation accidents
One of the tasks of the EU-funded OPERRA project, is the identification of experiences and lessons learned from existing exposure situations (including in particular the Chernobyl and Fukushima accidents) in order to
- improve preparedness for possible future radiation accidents
- optimise radiation protection measures
- and ensure adequate follow-up and health screening of the populations
To achieve this goal, the Centre for Research in Environmental Health (CREAL), Spain and the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS), Germany are organising two complementary workshops, which will be held in Barcelona, Spain, drawing on lessons learned from inside and outside the radiation field:
“Lessons learned about somatic health effects from radiation and non-radiation accidents", 13 October 2015
The objectives of this workshop are
- to review lessons learned about somatic effects from radiological and non-radiological accidents;
- to evaluate how those findings have been/can be taken into account in designing post-accidental responses and follow-up of affected populations.
Talks will cover previous and current activities (and findings) in the areas of study design, exposure reconstruction and cancer and non-cancer effects.
“Social and Psychological Consequences of Disasters and Emergencies ", 14-15 October 2015, Barcelona, Spain
During a nuclear emergency, and in the years that follow, the health status of affected populations may be influenced not only by the radiation but also by the drastic changes in their living conditions. Both the response to the accident and related remediation measures might, for example, result in disturbances to society that have direct and/or indirect impacts on health.
The objectives of the workshop are:
- to review current scientific knowledge about ethical aspects as well as social and psychological effects of emergency situations (radiological and non-radiological);
- to evaluate how those findings have been/can be taken into account in designing post-accidental interventions to alleviate the negative social and psychological consequences in the affected populations.
Talks will cover previous and current activities (and findings) in the areas of ethics, sociology, social psychology, psychology, and risk communication.
Sufficient time will be provided for plenary discussions and recommendations for the next steps in designing appropriate post-accidental interventions
Both workshops aim at overcoming thematic and disciplinary boundaries and will examine the transferable knowledge gained from the experiences and procedures outside the area of radiation emergency situations.
[UPDATE] Click here to see the list of participants.