Posted on February 11, 2017

The Department of Occupational Health and Safety at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) recently concluded a two-day conference on radiation safety in the healthcare setting.

The Fourth Regional IRPA IOMP WHO Workshop on Radiation Safety Culture in Healthcare (4RWRSCHC) was jointly organized by the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA), the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP), and the World Health Organization (WHO). The event was held in cooperation with the Middle East Federation of Organizations of Medical Physics (MEFOMP) and HMC. The workshop focused on the establishment and maintenance of a radiation safety culture in the healthcare community in Qatar and the Middle East. Distinguished speakers from the region’s leading international organizations presented diverse and enriching views on establishing a radiation safety culture.

The workshop was attended by around 150 participants comprising representatives from radiation regulatory bodies, health authorities, health professionals (radiologists, radiographers, medical physicists, nuclear medicine physicians, radiation oncologists, interventional cardiologists, dentists and pediatricians), manufacturers, and patient associations from across the globe. According to Dr. Huda Al Naemi, Executive Director of the Occupational Health and Safety Department at HMC, the objective of the workshop was to create an enabling environment for promoting basic science, applied research and clinical applications.

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“Other aims of the workshop included advancing the cause of our organization in line with Qatar’s National Development Strategy and in accordance with the Qatar National Vision 2030,” said Dr. Al Naemi. “This initiative was launched by IRPA in cooperation with IOMP, WHO and radiation protection professionals from across the world. The group aims to gather the opinions of stakeholders towards the development of a document that will serve as guidance for the establishment and maintenance of a radiation safety culture in the healthcare setting,” said Dr. Al Naemi.

“By reinforcing educational awareness, we want to ensure that our staff are radiation safety conscious in their day-to-day job of handling ionized radiation for diagnosis, image guiding and treatment. With simple behavioral changes, they can be confident in their abilities to create good occupational and environmental health. We also hope to create awareness among residents of Qatar as part of our efforts to establish and maintain a radiation safety culture in the country’s healthcare sector,” Dr. Al Naemi added.