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Country: ESTONIA. RER/9/096 Regional Planning Meeting “ Strengthening National Infrastructures for the Control of Radiation Sources” (TSA-1), (Phase II). 19-20 March 2009 IAEA, Vienna.

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Country: ESTONIARER/9/096 Regional Planning Meeting“Strengthening National Infrastructures for the Control of Radiation Sources” (TSA-1), (Phase II)

19-20 March 2009

IAEA, Vienna


LegislationRegulations and Guidanceoccupational protection, public protection, medical exposure, radioactive waste, and the transport of radioactive materials.

  • Radiation Protection Action Plan – planning for coming years, however some actions are not followed
  • Preparation of amendment of Radiation Act and regulation concerning transport of radioactive waste
  • New authority – Environmental Board with Radiation Safety Department
  • Need for regulations in medical area – responsibility of the Ministry of Social Affairs
the regulatory body
The Regulatory Body
  • Environmental Board has around 420 staff members.
  • Radiation safety department has 15 professional staff including:
    • radiation protection for licensing, source register, inspections etc (6),
    • monitoring and emergency (2),
    • personal dosimetry (2),
    • laboratory (3) and
    • administration (2).
  • New system, it takes some time before it is possible to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses
  • The Environmental Board has sufficient technical and office support equipment (including access to computers) and access to Internet and a library with current literature
  • Funding through state budget (several budget cuts this year) + service providing
regulatory body staffing and training
Regulatory Body Staffing and Training
  • 15 staff members in Radiation Safety Department of Environmental Board
  • Strength - Almost all staff members are with university degree
  • Lot of young staff members, several continuing their master studies
  • Staff training is provided through internal training courses, but with the assistance of external experts
  • Several bilateral trainings
  • Training requirements for staff are assessed annually
  • Weakness – budget cuts, especially concerning the training possibilities, which also makes difficult to follow the continues training pattern
notification authorization licensing inspections
Notification - Authorization – Licensing - Inspections
  • Licence is provided by Environmental Board
  • For low and medium risk activities the licence is signed by the head of the department, for high risk by the director general of the Environmental Board
  • Notification is not used, however it is forseen to start using it for example for dentist in coming years
  • Weak points – co-ordination of the inspections between Environmental Board and Environmental Inspectorate, actually double use of staff members
  • Strong points – well worked out licensing procedures, several of which are also documented. Information available on web-page, also several electronical forms
  • Strong points – good communication with licensees
  • Enforcement part needs more attentions
management system
Management System
  • Public relations department (X) of Environmental Board is responsible for information management
  • Strength - A lot of information is available on the web page
  • Strength - Several publications
  • Weakness – need for more PR cover for everyday activities
  • Strength - Laboratory of Environmental Board has quality management system
  • Weakness - quality management manual for the department is under preparation for several year
  • Main need - training of the regulatory body staff members
  • Working out the new regulatory system
  • Changes needed in the legislation
  • Development of registries
  • More information about nuclear safety
  • More efforts about the security of the radioactive sources
  • Risks – cuts in the budget
  • Strength – small turn over among the staff members
  • Weak - radiation safety is a small part of big authority