Merger in Ireland of EPA and RPII

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

 

Amendment to the EPR regulations

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

New Basic Safety Standards

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.

Article published on employer responsibilities under IRR99

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.

Veterinary RPS course in Inverness

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.

RP Alba Ltd dosimetry stand shown in Nuclear Future magazine

The latest edition of the Nuclear Future magazine (Volume 9 Issue 1 – January/February 2013) had a write up of the NDA supplier event that was held in Bolton in November 2012.

We were pleased to see that one of the pictures in this magazine shows the RP Alba Ltd stand in it: http://www.rp-alba.com/resources/NDAsupplychainevent.pdf

Mirion Technologies and RP Alba Ltd co-exhibited at this event to demonstrate our dosimetry service provision capability. Please see http://www.rp-alba.com/index.php?filename=dosimetry.php for more information on our dosimetry services.

Our leaflet on our dosimetry service offerings can be downloaded from here: http://rp-alba.com/resources/RPAlbaLtdDosimetryLeaflet.pdf and the powerpoint presentation that was running on our stand at the NDA supplier day (which contains a summary of the services available) can be viewed here: http://rp-alba.com/resources/20121122NDASuppliereventBolton.pdf

 

 

RPA Services to Veterinary Sector

RP Alba Ltd have been providing RPA support services to a number of small animal and equine practices for a period of time.

We have also recently started providing both RPA and RWA services to a practice that provides hyperthyroidism treatment for feline patients.

Vet Index is the key reference source of suppliers for the veterinary sector and RP Alba Ltd are proud to now be advertising in this publication in their RPA section. Our advert, that will be in the printed 2013 Vet Index directory, can be viewed here.

If your veterinary practice requires RPA and/or RWA support then please feel free to contact us to discuss how we can support you.

Basic Safety Standards for Radiological Protection – Revised Directive

A Revised Directive for the Basic Safety Standards (BSS) for Radiological Protection is currently being discussed by the EC.  It is proposed to complete the discussions on the revised BSS during the Irish Presidency.

The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are seeking comments on the proposed revised directive. You can view the consultation on their web community here and feed back comments to them following the instructions on their website.

If you want to just have a quick look at the proposed revised BSS (December 2012 version), then you can view it here.

This may be our last chance to comment on the proposed revised BSS before it gets enshrined into EC legislation and ultimately into UK legislation.  Have a read and if you have comments then please feed them back to the HSE.

Scottish Enterprise Nuclear Supply Chain Project supported

 

RP Alba Ltd had been asked to support the Scottish Enterprise’s Nuclear Supply Chain Project by giving a presentation to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) at their meeting titled “Tendering for Nuclear Contracts – A Masterclass”.

The full agenda for the event can be viewed here: http://www.rp-alba.com/resources/tenderingjuly2012web.pdf

RP Alba Ltd’s director, Bob Kerr (a RPA and RWA), delivered his presentation to about 25 delegates from SMEs looking to break into the nuclear market.  This presentation was well received and highlighted a number of the key employer responsibilities that these SMEs need to consider when pricing and delivering projects that involve work with ionising radiations.  A copy of the presentation can be viewed here: http://www.rp-alba.com//resources/2012-10-04NSCpresentation.pdf 

Evan Wright, one of the event organisers said to all of the presenters “thank you all very much for your tremendous support of the NSC project by presenting at the above event. I took the opportunity to see some delegate feedback forms and as a random sample, they all rated the event as good to excellent and very relevant to their businesses. You made this happen and it is much appreciated.”

RP Alba Ltd attend blue chip company networking event

RP Alba Ltd’s director, Bob Kerr, last week attended a networking event with blue chip oil/gas industry companies in Inverness.  This event was organised by Energy North and helped to promote the various small companies in the north of Scotland.

This networking event was featured in the local Press and Journal paper, see: http://rp-alba.com/resources/WhiskyTastingPressandJournal.pdf

It was a good networking event and has helped to raise RP Alba Ltd’s profile and an industry awareness of the services that we offer.