What does ALARA stand for?
What does ALARA mean? This page is about the various possible meanings of the acronym, abbreviation, shorthand or slang term: ALARA.
As Low As Reasonably Achievable
As Long As Radiation Allows
Attenuation Low And Results Achieved
Always Lower And Reduced Again
Always Look At Radiation Alerts
Action Learning Action Research Association
As Long As Reasonably Allowed
As Low As Resonably Achievable
As Low As Responsibly Acceptable
What does ALARA mean?
- ALARP ("as low as reasonably practicable"), or ALARA ("as low as reasonably achievable"), is a principle in the regulation and management of safety-critical and safety-involved systems. The principle is that the residual risk shall be reduced as far as reasonably practicable. In UK and NZ Health and Safety law, it is equivalent to SFAIRP ("so far as is reasonably practicable"). In the US, ALARA is used in the regulation of radiation risks. For a risk to be ALARP, it must be possible to demonstrate that the cost involved in reducing the risk further would be grossly disproportionate to the benefit gained. Not to be confused with the ALARP program offered in many high schools, The ALARP principle arises from the fact that infinite time, effort and money could be spent in the attempt of reducing a risk to zero; not the fact that reducing the risk in half would require a finite time, effort and money. It should not be understood as simply a quantitative measure of benefit against detriment. It is more a best common practice of judgement of the balance of risk and societal benefit.
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