The Nigerian Nuclear Regularity Authority (NNRA) organized a one day Stakeholders’ meeting on Occupational Radiation Protection Appraisal Service (ORPAS) Mission to The Federal Republic of Nigeria by The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 9th July 2019.

The meeting brought together stakeholders from National Hospital, Abuja, National Institute of Radiation Protection and Research (NIRPR) Ibadan, Reddington Hospital (RH) Lagos, Radiation Safety Technology (RST) Lagos, SGS Inspection Lagos, Centre for Energy Research and Training (CERT) Zaria and Lagos State University Radiation Monitoring and Protection Services (LASURMPS) to discuss the modalities and other matters geared towards a successful hosting of the mission later in the year.

The scope of the mission is to review the basic legal infrastructure relating to occupational radiation protection, dosimetry for external radiation exposure, dosimetry for intakes of radionuclide, dosimetry equipment calibration services, workplace monitoring and end-users of ionizing radiation.

The Acting Director General/CEO NNRA, Dr. Yau Usman Idris while welcoming the stakeholders to the meeting, stressed that there is need to ensure the protection of workers and to enforce regulatory requirements for control of occupational exposure owing to the increased number of facilities and radiation workers in Nigeria.

He explained further that Nigeria has requested for the (ORPAS) mission to identify the gaps in the national system for occupational exposure control. He said that the meeting became necessary for the preparation of Pre- ORPAS mission that will take place 5th-7th August 2019, while the main mission will take place later in the year.

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