On the 1st August 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) merged. The functions and staff of the RPII have been transferred to the EPA through the creation of a fifth office within the existing EPA structure. This office will now be known as the Office of Radiological Protection.
Further information on this story can be found at: http://www.epa.ie/about/org/orp/#.U96ejF50zIU
Today, Wednesday 30th April 2014, our Director Bob Kerr presented the outcome of a study into the additional cosmic radiation doses received by members of the public when they are climbing high altitude peaks such as Mount Everest.
These findings were presented at the Society for Radiological Protection (SRP) annual conference which is being held in Southport.
A poster summarising this work can be viewed at http://www.rp-alba.com/resources/RPALBA0140_CosmicRadiationPosterPROOF_25_04_14.pdf and a copy of the delegate slides presented can be viewed at http://www.rp-alba.com/resources/201404RKerrEverestCosmicradiationmeasurements.pdf.
If you would like to know more on this topic area then please feel free to contact us.
The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (S.I. 2014/255) have been approved and it amends the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010 (S.I. 2010/675).
The key amendments include:
- the removal of the requirement on local authorities to maintain duplicate public registers of environmental permits;
- a requirement on Material Recovery Facilities to sample the quality of their input and output material streams;
- the removal of the requirement for waste businesses to have to secure planning permission before an environmental permit can be issued;
- the provision of a registration scheme for low risk discharges to groundwater from some Ground Source Heating and Cooling systems; and
- an introduction of further simplification measures applicable to Small and Medium sized businesses.
The amending Regulations can be viewed at http://www.rp-alba.com/resources/EPRAmendment2014.pdf
The European Parliament have now approved the new set of Basic Safety Standards that are to be adopted in UK legislation within the next 4 years.
This will introduce some changes to our legislation system. The two key highlights are:-
- Dose limit to the lens of the eye will be reduced to 150 mSv from 500 mSv for classified persons; and
- The out of scope levels for some wastes contaminated with Cs-137 will reduce from 1 Bq/g to 0.1 Bq/g.
There are numerous other changes but if you want an advance warning of what these changes are likely to be then it may be worth you reading the new BSS which can be viewed at http://www.rp-alba.com/resources/Councildirective2013-59-Euratom.pdf
If you have any queries in relation to this then please feel free to contact us.
Happy new year to all of you.
At the end of 2013, we had an article published in the “Nuclear Future” publication titled “Employer responsibilities under the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999″. The article may be of interest to you or personnel in your company.
The article that we wrote can be read at: http://www.rp-alba.com/resources/201312NuclearFutureArticleonIRR99employerresponsibilities.pdf
The information contained in the article was written for the nuclear sector but the pertinent points apply across all sectors.
If you have any queries on dosimetry or wish any RPA advice at any point then please feel free to contact us however we hope that you find this article of interest and useful.
RP Alba Ltd would like to thank our existing customers, contacts and potential customers that visited our stand on Wednesday 13th November 2014 at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Estate Supply Chain event in Manchester.
We hope that you found it useful discussing your dosimetry needs and if we can help you out further then please get in contact with us.
We were pleased to be joined and supported by Ron Dearden of Mirion Technologies dosimetry services on the day.
RP Alba Ltd is an authorised distributor for Mirion Technologies dosimetry services and if you would like more information on the provision of dosimetry services then please contact us for further information on our dosimetry offerings.
On Wednesday 13th November 2014, RP Alba Ltd will be at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Estate Supply Chain event in Manchester.
We are an authorised distributor for Mirion Technologies dosimetry services and we will be promoting the provision of dosimetry services to the UK nuclear industry. Mirion Technologies’ Ron Dearden will be joining us for the day as the Approved Dosimetry Service (ADS) representative and as our co-exhibitor.
Please come and visit us at stand 180 or alternatively please contact us for more information on our prices for dosimetry provision during calendar year 2014.
Some further information on our dosimetry offerings can be viewed here.
Following the amendments of the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 (in Scotland and Northern Ireland) and of the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR) 2010 (in England and Wales) there were changes to the numerical values at which wastes were classified as radioactive wastes.
A guidance document on the scope of the exemptions from the radioactive substances legislation in the UK was published to help users of radioactive materials follow the new regime.
The Nuclear Industry’s Clearance and Exemption Working Group (CEWG) have published their own code of practice on this subject titled ”Clearance and Radiological Sentencing: Principles, Processes and Practices for Use by the Nuclear Industry.”
This code of practice details the principles, processes and practices that should be used in a management system when determining whether an article, material or waste may be released from any further controls on the basis of its radioactive content. It identifies approaches to segregating radioactive or potentially radioactive substances from non-radioactive (or ‘out of scope’) substances and articles. It provides a framework to support and assist clearance and sentencing decision making.
Although it has been written with the Nuclear Industry in mind there are many aspects of this document that are just as applicable to many other sectors that work with radioactive materials. Your Radioactive Waste Adviser (RWA) should be fully aware of how to apply this legislation and can you give support and assistance on these matters.
RP Alba Ltd is pleased to announce the date of our next scheduled Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) course for diagnostic veterinary x-ray users – both small animal clinics and equine.
Our next course will take place* on Monday 7th October 2013 at the Thistle Hotel in Inverness. Please contact us to book your place.
* Course will only run if we have a minimum of 4 delegates. Places are limited.