Welcome to the IAEA Occupational Radiation Protection (ORP) e-learning page

The ORP e-learning courses harness interactive technologies and communication systems to assist Member States in building their capacity in the field of radiation protection of workers.

They provide guidance on how to:

  • Protect against occupational exposure to radiation in general;
  • Assess occupational exposure (internal and external);
  • Control exposure due to natural sources at work;
  • Protect emergency workers from radiation exposure;
  • Monitor the health of persons exposed to ionizing radiation at work.

All recommendations are in line with the IAEA’s programme on occupational radiation protection, which promotes an internationally harmonized approach to the issue and develops safety standards and guidelines to reduce radiation exposure in the workplace. 

Our online training system has been customized using the latest digital technologies to ensure we give you the best learning experience possible. It works best on modern devices and up-to-date browsers and all courses offer a certification upon successful completion. 

For more information, please visit our Occupational Radiation Protection Networks (ORPNET) website. If you have any questions or feedback, please contact Occupational-Protection-Unit.Contact-Point@iaea.org

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Occupational Radiation Protection based on General Safety Guide No. GSG-7

The purpose of this course is to increase understanding of the occupational exposure control requirements contained in GSR Part 3 and how these safety standards fit within the IAEA Safety Standards hierarchy. Participants will learn how to fulfil the requirements of GSR Part 3 with respect to occupational exposure and GSG-7 recommendations relating to planned, existing and emergency exposure situations for occupational exposure.

The course contains 10 modules and covers:

  • Framework for occupational radiation protection;
  • Exposure of workers in different exposure situations;
  • Monitoring and recording;
  • Assessment of occupational exposures;
  • Management system for service providers;
  • Occupational exposure control measures;
  • Protection of workers in special cases
  • Workers' health surveillance.

This e-learning course was funded under the IAEA Regional Technical-Co-operation Project on Enhancing National Capabilities on Occupational Radiation Protection in Compliance with Requirements of the International Basic Safety Standards (RAS/9/080).

Management and Control of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM)

Natural resources that are extracted from the ground such as coal, oil, natural gas and other mineral ores contain various amounts of natural radioactivity. When these resources are extracted and processed, their natural state can be modified which may result in the enhancement of the natural radioactivity content originally present. Such enhancements may be observed in the residues or the waste created and/or in the products or by-products and are sometimes high enough to pose a risk to workers, members of public and the environment if they are not controlled properly. Materials of this kind are commonly referred to as Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material or NORM.

 The International Basic Safety Standards (GSR Part 3) establishes requirements for industrial activities involving NORM. For the application of the IAEA Safety requirements on NORM activities, consideration needs to be given to radiation protection of workers, the public and the environment for a wide range of industrial activities on a global basis. 

This e-learning course provides guidance based on GSG-7 on fulfilling the requirements of GSR Part 3 with respect to worker protection in industrial processes/operations involving NORM.

The course includes 15 modules and covers:

  • Overview of natural radionuclides and NORM;
  • Overview of the industrial activities involving NORM and an indication of those that are most likely to require regulatory consideration;
  • Guidance on regulatory control (focusing on the application of a graded approach);
  • Radiation protection issues for workers and the public associated with materials containing NORM;
  • Guidance on the characterization of NORM and the assessment of exposures;
  • Guidance on the management of NORM residues and the disposal options for NORM wastes;
  • Guidance on the transport of NORM.

This e-learning course was funded under the IAEA Regional Technical-Co-operation Project on Enhancing National Capabilities on Occupational Radiation Protection in Compliance with Requirements of the International Basic Safety Standards (RAS/9/080).

Before taking this course, participants are advised to complete the training on Occupational Radiation Protection based on General Safety Guide No. GSG-7.