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Shamisen project gives 28 recommendations for nuclear safety

The European Commission-funded Shamisen project has published 28
recommendations to improve preparedness for and response to a nuclear
accident. The recommendations follow an 18-month review of the response to
previous accidents, particularly Chernobyl and Fukushima-Daiichi.

New recommendations include how to improve professional training, establish
disease registries and evacuation protocols. The recommendations say
reliable information about an accident and associated risks should be given
and radiation dose data collected. Following an accident, dialogue needs to
be established between experts and affected communities.

There needs to be support for populations that want to take their own dose measurements so
they can decide what food to eat and when to return to their homes.

Recommendations also include providing voluntary health screening and
adequate counselling. The Shamisen project, coordinated by the Barcelona
Institute for Global Health, or ISGlobal, brought together 19 European and
Japanese organisations, as well as US, Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian
experts. It is funded by the EC’s Euratom programme.

The project began in December 2015 with the objective of producing a set of recommendations that
would contribute to health surveillance and related communication with
affected populations after nuclear accidents. Existing recommendations,
ISGlobal said, had a technical focus, with less attention paid to social,
ethical and psychological issues.


September 11, 2017 - Posted by | EUROPE, safety

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