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  1. Lest we forget.

  2. Update on Radiation Safety Without Borders George Anastas, President Health Physics Society Presented at the 2002 Mid Year meeting of the Health Physics Society Orlando, Florida February 18, 2002

  3. Who??? • Health Physics Society Chapters and Members, Including Retirees • US Agencies (perhaps EPA, State, DOE, NRC, etc.) • IAEA

  4. What is RSWB?? • A means by which Chapters can assist countries in improving their radiation safety infrastructure • Boots on the ground health physics • Orphan Sources • Anti-terrorist activities

  5. What is RSWB??(cont.) • Training • Instruments/Use/ Calibration • Inventory • Regulations • Accident Response • Communications

  6. What is RSWB??(cont.) • RAM shipped to recipient Country • Set up/review inventory system • Licensing/Inspections • Follow Model Countries Program • Les Rogers/Frank Bradley

  7. When???? • First four countries begin this year, Pilot Program • Three additional countries next year, follow on to Pilot Program • Integrate addition countries as funds allow and Chapter/retiree volunteers allow

  8. Where are we??? • Nine Chapters (East Tennessee, Northern California, Western New York, Northeastern New York, Greater New York, New England, North Carolina, Florida, South Texas) • EPA • DOE • Department of State • NRC • IAEA

  9. Where are we???(cont.) • Instruments (Calibration by East Tennessee Chapter) • HPS International Relations Committee • Chapter Guidance Manual: Howard Dickson, Eric Abelquist, Andy Karam • A Marvelous Team Dedicated to the Effort

  10. Where are we going??? •Parties must agree to work together • No politics •Initial: Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Jamaica •Then: Portugal, Philippines, Estonia •Lithuania??? •Then the rest of the ~70 countries

  11. How Are We Going To Do It??? • Cooperation • Communication • Creativity with: • Insights • Leaps and • Connections • With some Patient Persistence

  12. Static Planning, like the Maginot Line will not hack it!!!!!

  13. How Are We Going To Do It???

  14. February 2002, What will happen by February 2003?? I am exceedingly confident that the agencies, organizations and the HPS can collaborate to put RSWB in place. The benefits to radiation safety are almost unlimited. In addition, I hope that RSWB will be the pathfinder for other professional safety organizations to assist their colleagues in other countries. George Anastas, PresidentHealth Physics Society, February 2002

  15. Are there any easy questions I can attempt to answer???