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Employers who fail to provide protective equipment to workers when they move and use radiation-generating devices to be punished for violating the Occupational Safety and Health Act from May 3

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Apr. 9, 2017

 

From May 3rd, if an employer fails to provide personal dosimeters and radiation alarms to workers who move and use radiation-generating devices for the purpose of conducting non-destructive testing, he/she will be punished for violating the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

 

And the workers must wear the personal dosimeters and radiation alarms provided by the employer.

 

The Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL) made this amendment* to the Rules on Occupational Safety and Health Standards on March 3rd and will bring it into effect on May 3rd after two months of transition period.

 

* Subparagraphs (2) and (3) of Article 574 of the Rules on Occupational Safety and Health Standards (Sealing off, etc., of Radioactive Substances) <newly inserted on Mar. 3, 2017>

 

A personal dosimeter is an instrument that measures the wearer's cumulative exposure to radiation and a personal radiation alarm is a piece of equipment that allows the wearer to be visually and audibly aware of whether there is radiation by producing warning sounds and light signals if radiation is detected.

 

Both are essentially needed to protect the health of non-destructive testing workers who tend to have a high level of radiation exposure.

 

In the past, people have neglected to provide or wear personal dosimeters and radiation alarms. There were even cases* of workers who died of leukemia as a result of being exposed to too much radiation.

 

* In 2011~2012 three workers engaged in non-destructive testing (radiographic testing) services died of leukemia caused by radiation exposure.

 

<Number of radiation workers and radiation exposure by industry (2014)>

                                                                                   (Unit: person, mSv)

 

Total

Medical institutions

Industrial establishments

Non-destructive testing

Production, sales

Research institutions

Educational institutions

Public institutions

Military institutions

Nuclear power plants

No. of workers

41,899

5,038

5,237

7,530

1,912

2,183

4,521

961

264

14,253

Average radiation dose

0.72

0.55

0.02

2.37

0.29

0.02

0.06

0.41

0.08

0.58

Source: Nuclear Safety Yearbook 2015 (Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety)

 

Kim Wang, the Director-General of the Industrial Accident Prevention and Compensation Bureau, stressed, "Providing or wearing personal dosimeters and radiation alarms is a basic part of radiation safety management."

 

He said, "The mandatory requirement to provide or wear personal dosimeters and radiation alarms will contribute to the adequate control of related workers' radiation exposure levels and the protection of their health."

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