Radiation protection for the environment and for people
As public expert in the protection of the environment and people against ionising radiation, the Institute continued to pursue in 2021 an environmental monitoring policy based on the continuous acquisition of in-depth knowledge about the radiological status of the French territory and the geographical zones of which it is composed. Hence, in parallel to the measurements taken nationwide, the Institute produced in 2021 its latest territorial radiological observations, which have made way for the first radiological site survey.
As part of its contribution to major public policies that aim, among other things, to encourage comprehensive consideration of environmental health issues – such as the 4th National Health and Environment Plan – IRSN has also conducted studies in fields such as human and environmental radiotoxicology and, in 2021, published a summary of these studies, entitled “Actualisation des connaissances sur les effets biologiques du tritium” (“Updated knowledge on the biological effects of tritium”). In the same spirit, the Institute has also continued its actions aimed at improving protection of the public against radon.
In the field of healthcare, IRSN has also extensively collaborated with major partners, such as the Gustave Roussy Institute on the national scale, or the WHO, ICRP and UNSCEAR internationally, to which it has offered in particular its expertise on radiological monitoring.
Lastly, it has strengthened its exchanges with society by way of seminars and round tables, at which experts and citizens are able to share information and field questions on major issues, such as the environmental component of radioactive waste management, or the health consequences of a nuclear accident.