Updated CLEAPPS guidance for Schools and Colleges

CLEAPSS, who support practical science and technology in schools and colleges have recently released an updated version of their L93 publication on “Managing Ionising Radiations and Radioactive Substances in Schools and Colleges”.

This is a very useful publication for those working in schools and colleges.

The latest version, October 2018, can be downloaded directly from their website.

Amendment made to the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016

As part of the UK continuing to transpose Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom into our legislation there have been some amendments made to the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016.

Today, 2nd May 2018, The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2018 come into force.

One of the key amendments in the new legislation is to Schedule 23 of EPR2016 concerning radioactive substances activities by the insertion of “geothermal energy production” as being a “type 2 NORM industrial activity”. 

A new provision disallowing dilution has been added meaning that “where the concentration of radioactivity in a substance or article is reduced by diluting it to make it out of scope, it will remain in scope.”

Paragraph 8 substitutes new out of scope concentration values for some radionuclides arising from NORM industrial activities (column 2 of Table 1 in Part 3), and paragraph 9 replaces the table of out of scope concentration values, inserting new values for some radionuclides for the purposes of the definitions of radioactive material and waste (Table 2 in Part 3).

Paragraph 16 substitutes a new definition of high-activity sealed source, by reference to Annex III of the Basic Safety Standards Directive which sets out new radioactivity values for radionuclides contained in a sealed source.

There are various other amendments but the ones stated above are probably the key ones for you to be aware of.

Amendment to the Justification of Practices Involving Ionising Radiation Regulations

As part of the UK continuing to transpose Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom into our legislation there have been some amendments made to the Justification of Practices Involving Ionising Radiation Regulations 2004.

Today, 18th April 2018, The Justification of Practices Involving Ionising Radiation (Amendment) Regulations 2018 come into force.

The Directive requires Member States to ensure that each new class or type of practice resulting in exposure to ionising radiation is “justified”, in advance of being first adopted or first approved. For these purposes, “justified” means that the individual or societal benefit resulting from a class or type of practice outweighs the health detriment that it may cause. In addition, existing classes or types of practice may be reviewed as to their justification whenever new and important evidence about their efficacy or consequences is acquired.

The Amendment Regulations do not affect any previous justification decisions made in the UK prior to their coming into force. Such decisions can be found on the Justification Register.

It should be noted that the justification regulations prohibit the deliberate addition of radioactive substances to certain goods, the “activation” of materials in certain products and the import and export of certain goods.

The Regulations also include specific requirements that apply to practices involving the deliberate exposure of humans to ionising radiation for non-medical imaging purposes using non-medical equipment.

The government has published guidance on the application of the Regulations and the administrative procedures that will be used by the government in reaching justification decisions.

Amendment to IRR17 by IR(ME)R17

The Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17) have been in force for just over a month now.

With the commencement today of the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017, IR(ME)R17, the first set of amendments are being made to IRR17.

The biggest change is the removal of IRR17 regulation 33 (equipment used for medical exposure) as provisions relating to medical equipment for the protection of patients is fully contained in IR(ME)R17.

Presentation at IRPA Conference in Geneva

As a follow up to our previous presentations on radiation doses received by mountaineers climbing Mount Everest, we prepared a paper for presentation at the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on the “Regulation of radiation doses received during high altitude mountaineering expeditions”.

A copy of the paper can be view here and our poster presentation can be viewed here.

Study on cosmic radiation doses to members of the public climbing Everest presented at national conference

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.

Thanks to all of those that visited us at the NDA Estate Supply Chain Event last week

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.

Come visit us at stand 180 of the NDA Estate Supply Chain event in Manchester on 13/11/13

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.


Code of Practice on Clearance and Radiological Sentencing of Wastes

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.

Energy North magazine mentions RP Alba Ltd dosimetry services

The latest edition of the Energy North magazine (Issue 19 – Spring 2013) has a short write up of RP Alba Ltd’s dosimetry services.  You can view this article at in the bottom right hand corner of this page: http://www.rp-alba.com/resources/2013Spring-EnergyNorth.pdf

RP Alba Ltd has a distributor agreement with Mirion Technologies to offer dosimetry services. 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.