The Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17) come into force on 1st January 2018.
A significant change introduced by IRR17 is the introduction of a risk-based approach to telling the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) of your work with ionising radiation. Under IRR99 a notification system operated.
Rather than just notifications, there will be three distinct tiers:
Those already working with ionising radiation will need to submit this information to HSE between 1 January 2018 and 5 February 2018, even if you have previously provided information. There may be a fee associated with resubmitting this information to HSE.
HSE are introducing an online system for telling them of your work with ionising radiation. The online system will ask a number of questions that will have to be responded to.
HSE has prepared a set of questions that they will ask those who apply. Further information on the types of questions that are likely to be asked can be viewed at https://webcommunities.hse.gov.uk/gf2.ti/f/19618/665413.1/PDF/-/Question_Set__Notifications_Regsitrations_Consents.pdf
The long awaited update to the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 has now been published.
The Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17) have now been released and can be viewed here:
IRR17 revokes the 1999 version of the Ionising Radiations Regulations. IRR17 sets out a framework to ensure that occupational exposures to ionising radiations are kept as low as is reasonably practicable.
IRR17 transposes the occupational elements of Council Directive 2013/59/EURATOM laying down basic safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionising radiations.
IRR17 comes into force on 1st January 2018.
SEPA are currently consulting on part of the Integrated Authorisation Framework. The Draft Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018 consultation ends on 23rd November 2017.
The consultation on the draft regulations can be viewed here: https://consultation.sepa.org.uk/regulatory-strategy/iaf-supporting-guidance/
Views are being sought on draft regulations for Northern Ireland to regulate medical exposure to ionising radiation in line with requirements of the European Council Basic Safety Standards Directive (BSSD) (2013/59/EURATOM).
You can find all of the information you need on this consultation at https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/consultations/ionising-radiation-medical-exposure-regulations-northern-ireland-2018-consultation
The deadline to respond is 19th December 2017.
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
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 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.
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