Climate change and safety at work with ionizing radiations



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.




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Gian Marco Contessa

Carlo Grandi

Mario Scognamiglio

Elisabetta Genovese

Sandro Sandri

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Contessa, G. M., Grandi, C., Scognamiglio, M., Genovese, E., & Sandri, S. (2016). Climate change and safety at work with ionizing radiations. Annali dell’Istituto Superiore Di Sanità, 52(3), 386–396. Retrieved from
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