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Sent: Monday, March 21, 2005 5:20 PM
Subject: [MbrExchange] EnLG 200rjune25 Workers Low Radiation 4th
The World Council of Nuclear Workers has a deep interest in
radiation protection and in the assessment of the hazards associated with the
biological effects of low and very low doses of ionizing radiation for at least
three reasons :
The nuclear workers represent, with radiologists and technicians in
hospitals, the largest group of workers for whom exposure to ionizing radiation
is the main occupational hazard.
Their families usually live in the vicinity of nuclear plants.
They will be in charge of the implementation of any regulations.
For these reasons they are very much concerned by the controversies which
have arisen over the past few years with regard to the dose limit and the LNT
assessment of the risks associated with exposure to low and very low doses of
This debate is of major importance for the future of radiation protection.
Two pitfalls must be avoided: fuelling unjustified anxiety on doubtful bases
(the analysis of the Chernobyl data show that unjustified anxiety has been more
harmful than ionising radiation) or underestimating the risks associated with
exposure to ionizing radiation. This is why the World Council of Nuclear Workers
proposes after Versailles in 1999, Dublin in June 2001, Teheran, in September
2003, its International Conference on "The effects of low and very low doses of
ionising radiation on human health" at the McMaster University, Hamilton,
Canada, in June 2005. As there is no more debate about linear no threshold
relationship, a large majority of the scientific community have rejected these
dogmas, during the meeting the effects of
low and very low doses on human health will be considered, the effect of dose
rate, DNA repair mechanisms, indirect effects such as genomic instability and
bystander effects will be discussed. The aim of the meeting shall be
to clarify the problems, to assess the uncertainty of the various risk
assessments and to analyse the scientific ways through which these uncertainties
could be reduced. The Shahid Beheshti University has overlapping interests in
the area of low dose effects, mixed exposure effects and effects in populations.
Been the interest for WONUC to accord it’s dedication to eliminate any
existing uncertainty and the problems, considering human health and environment.
Holding continuative international conferences on this subject is an
effective measure to reach this goal.
The Administration of McMaster University will be very delighted to host and
welcome you in June of 2005, for the 4th WONUC conference on "The Effects of Low
and Very Low doses of Ionizing Radiation on Human Health.