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Information on the new legal requirements in occupational radiation protection

  • As a result of the new Radiation Protection Act (Section 170 StrlSchG) there will be important changes of the data that have to be submitted to the Radiation Protection Register starting from 31 December 2018.
  • In particular all individuals subject to registration in the Radiation Protection Register (occupationally exposed individuals and radiation passport holders) need a unique identification number: the Radiation Protection Register Number (SSR Number) starting from 31 December 2018.
  • With the SSR Number, it will be easier and better possible to assign and balance the individual dose values from occupational radiation exposure in the BfS Radiation Protection Register. Moreover it substitutes the previous Radiation Passport Number.
  • The SSR Number is issued by the BfS. It is derived from the social security number (Section 147 of the Sixth Book of the Social Security Code (SGB VI)) and the personal data of the employee to be monitored, by irreversible encryption.
  • The radiation protection supervisor or the corresponding obligated/responsible person in charge of the company or an appropriate authorised person has to apply for the SSR Number of the occupationally exposed persons and the radiation passport holders.
  • Starting from 31 December 2018 it will be possible to apply for the SSR Number at the BfS. The exact date will be published as soon as possible (on this webpage or from your measuring laboratory).

Important note:

In order to give the responsible persons enough time to apply for the SSR Number for all individuals subject to registration in the Radiation Protection Register the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) asked the responsible authorities of the Länder (federal states) to tolerate until 30 June 2019 that the SSR Number is not used.

Against this background the application for the SSR Numbers for all individuals subject to radiation protection monitoring should be performed until 31 March 2019.

Background

Every year about 3.5 million new data sets on individuals who are occupationally monitored for radiation exposure are entered into the BfS Radiation Protection Register. To date, these data have been merged on the sole basis of the transferred personal data (surname, first names, name at birth, sex, date of birth, place of birth, etc.). Incomplete transfer of personal data, spelling mistakes, changes of name (e.g. due to marriage or divorce) or different spellings make the assignment of various personal descriptions to "natural" persons more difficult which means that assignment errors are inevitable. This may lead to miscalculations of annual and occupational life doses - with all its consequences.

The use of a unique identification number in radiation protection monitoring – as it is common practice in other European countries for quite some time – leads to relevant improvements. It has not been possible so far to introduce a unique identification number in Germany because the legal basis in terms of data protection was lacking.

As a result of the new Radiation Protection Act (Section 170 StrlSchG) the legal basis for the implementation of a unique identification number in radiation protection monitoring is established. This new identification number is named Radiation Protection Register Number (SSR Number).

State of 2018.11.16

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