Climate change and safety at work with ionizing radiations

Gian Marco Contessa, Carlo Grandi, Mario Scognamiglio, Elisabetta Genovese, Sandro Sandri

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Abstract

The accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company's (TEPCO's) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (NPP) has been one of the dominant topic in nuclear safety and it has brought new attention on the matter of accidents in NPPs due to external events related to natural causes. Climate change has risen new risks and the growing probability of extreme external events has increased exposure and vulnerability of workers in the nuclear sector. However extreme natural events are a threat not only to NPPs but to all facilities dealing with radioactive material and in an emergency scenario they can affect the effectiveness and implementation of safety devices and procedures and also prevent communications, causing delays in the readiness of response. It is clear that adaptation strategies are necessary to cope with emerging changes in climate and a new nuclear safety culture is growing, that addresses accidents initiated not only by internal but also by external events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)386-396
Number of pages11
JournalAnnali dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanita
Volume52
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Climate change
  • Emergencies
  • Fukushima nuclear accident
  • Occupational health
  • Safety management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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