Management of socio-psychological impact of radiation emergencies

Chairs: Zhanat Carr, WHO & Elisabeth Cardis, IsGlobal)

Abstract invitation: Lessons learned from past incidents and accidents show that the social and psychological impacts can exceed by far the health hazards due to radiation exposure in the event of a radiological emergency. Such impacts may be triggered not only by the event itself, and the inherent safety concerns and communication gaps, but also by the emergency or recovery measures adopted, the disruption of normal living conditions and the potential stigma associated to the affected areas. Identifying, clarifying and addressing these impacts is therefore paramount to recovery efforts.

The contributions to this session are expected to address psycho-social impact management after radiation emergencies and connected issues such as risk communication, local community engagement, citizens’ radiation monitoring networks and other self-help measures.