ALARP definition

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What does ALARP mean?

As Low As Reasonably Practicable (social and economic factors taken into consideration): ALARP is unique to the UK context. ALARP is the process by which radiological impacts on workers and the public are kept as low as reasonably practicable. Ensuring that risks are ALARP is a fundamental requirement of UK health and safety legislation. The fundamental steps in the ALARP process are: (a) define and characterise the problem; (b) generate the potential options to address the problem; (c) assess the options and their merits; (d) identify and justify the best option or options; and (e) implement the selected option. In the UK, nuclear regulatory bodies including the EA and ONR equate the concepts of ALARA and ALARP. Where design has an impact on safety and the environment, it may be possible to undertake one integrated assessment that includes the relevant aspects of BAT and ALARP as many of the objectives of BAT and ALARP are consistent.

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