The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) hosts National Dose Register training for authorisation holders
On the 19th of February 2016 the NNR hosted a3rdNational Dose Register (NDR) training session. The NDRis a project implemented by the NNR in conjunction with the IAEA and national stakeholders to create a central registry for occupational radiation doses within South Africa and to have a harmonization of records and reporting systems. The project was initiated in 2012and consists of a series of phases which started with a feasibility study conducted by the IAEA, followed by designing, customising and testing of the system.Other benefits to South Africa of the integrated system of occupational records in the form of a NDR are
- evaluation of dose trends and statistics,
- providing dose history for work planning,
- compliance with related dose limits
- compensations and litigation cases
- health research and epidemiological studies
The National Steering Committee overseeing the project consists of the NNR, Department of Health,International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), , South African Bureau of Standards, State Security Agency, ParcRGM, NECSA,Eskom, AngloGold Ashanti, Sibanye Gold, and Harmony Gold.
The design of the NDR has been completed. The IAEA Regulatory Information Management System (RAIS) software is used for the NDR which is located on the NNR network. Authorisation holders have access and upload occupational exposure records to the Test-NDR using an agreed Excel template. A User’s Manual has been finalised, and the legal and regulatory provisions put in place.
Pilot Studies are being conducted prior to the roll-out of the Production NDR, which will ensure that authorisation holders are familiar with the NDR and practice the upload of occupational exposure records. In order to ensure that all authorisation holders participates in the project, the Steering Committee intends to organise more training sessions which will also facilitate an understanding of the system and its benefits. The session was generally well-received by the authorisation holders who found it very useful. The roll-out the NDR is expected to take place within the next few months.