ICRP International

Conference on Recovery After Nuclear Accidents

Radiological Protection Lessons
from Fukushima and Beyond

December 1 - 18, 2020

L. Liutsko, et al.

Updated: Dec 11, 2020

Getting People Involved: Recommendations on Mobile Apps Use (Doses & health) for a Better Recovery After Nuclear Accidents

L. Liutsko (ISGlobal, Spain; UPF, Spain; CIBERESP, Spain), P. Fattibene (ISS, Italy), S.D. Monaca (ISS, Italy), C. De Angelis (ISS, Italy), S. Brescianini (ISS, Italy), C. Nuccetelli (ISS, Italy), T. Ohba (FMU, Japan), A. Goto (FMU, Japan), Yu. Lyamzina (FMU, Japan;Louis Pasteur Center for Medical Research, Japan), K. Tanigawa (FMU, Japan; FMC, Japan), D. Oughton (NMBU, Noway), Y. Tomkiv (NMBU, Noway), D. Laurier (IRSN, France), J.F. Bottollier-Depois (IRSN, France), S. Charron (IRSN, France), P. Croüail (CEPN, France), T. Shneider (CEPN, France), P. Pirard (SpFrance, France), A. Van Nieuwenhuyse (LSN, Luxembourg), N. Novikava (ISEI-BSU, Belarus), V. Chumak (NRCRM, Ukraine), J.F. Barquinero (USB, Spain), A. Sarukhan (ISGlobal, Spain), E. Cardis (ISGlobal, Spain; UPF, Spain; CIBERESP, Spain), SHAMISEN SINGS Consortium

SHAMISEN (Nuclear Emergency Situations - Improvement of Dosimetric, Medical And Health Surveillance) - Stakeholder INvolvement in Generating Science (SINGS), built upon the recommendations of the SHAMISEN project, and aimed to enhance Citizen Participation in preparedness and response to a radiation accident through novel tools and apps to support data collection on radiation measurements, health and well-being indicators.

Quantitative and qualitative analysis was carried out on needs, awareness, experiences and willingness to use mobile apps for dose and health indicators measurements.

Dose measurements from various available mobile apps were evaluated and compared with those obtained using professional equipment. The results served to describe the possible benefits of these apps - individual and societal benefits and improve environmental and public health monitoring). This could also contribute to improve decision-making processes in the recovery processes after an accident. Related ethical issues were also discussed. Infographicsfor general public (“How to use your mobile phone to measure radiation”) were created in 5 languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian and Japanese with a short video tutorial to accompany the infographics.

In parallel, apps for health monitoring as well as questionnaires currently used in various countries, and in particular in the regions of Fukushima most affected by the nuclear accident, were reviewed critically. The results were used to develop recommendations for information to be collected in the case of an accident and for means to engage affected individuals and provide them with the required information and communication channels.

The summarized final results of the SHAMISEN SINGS project can be downloaded as a booklet “Mobile apps for monitoring radiation doses, health and welfare in the context of a nuclear or radiological accident: Guidelines and recommendations for users, developers and public authorities” 1.

Conclusions: The SHAMISEN SINGS project contributes to strengthening the role of social sciences and humanities in radiation protection research and illustrates their practical application, by engaging more stakeholders (including citizens) in preparedness and response to a nuclear/radiological accident.