We are pleased to learn today that following assessment this month that our Radiation protection awareness training for veterinary X-ray equipment users (small animal) has been CPD certified (CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development).
The certificate confirming this successful assessment can be viewed here –> Certificate A014030.
The Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 requires employees who are working with X-ray equipment to be given training in the field of radiological protection. Our course, which is now CPD certified, aims to provide a suitable level of general radiation protection awareness for veterinary practice X-ray equipment users who perform small animal radiography and small animal dental radiography. This course is also suitable for those already performing this type of work and require refresher training.
Radon is a colourless, odourless radioactive gas that is formed by the radioactive decay of elements that occur naturally in rocks and soils.
Radon is the single biggest source of radiation exposure to the UK population in both homes and workplaces.
Public Health England (PHE) have today published a report that presents the various elements that make up the national radon strategy and the national radon action plan. This helps fulfill relevant requirements in the 2013 European Union Basic Safety Standards Directive on protection against ionising radiation.
To view the UK National Radon Action Plan, please follow this link.
The International Commission on Radiological Protection, ICRP, researches and publishes key information and recommendations that feed into our regulatory regimes and help inform radiation protection professionals of key parameters that they need to perform their work.
Most Radiation Protection Professionals routinely use ICRP information however this information has only generally been available to those that have purchased their publications. It is important that the wider radiation protection community are able to have access to this information to help improve radiological protection practices in the developing world and improve standards in developed countries.
The ICRP launched a campaign 2 months ago to “Free the Annals” with the intention to begin the process of making the Annals of the ICRP free-to-access for everyone around the world.
As users of the Annals, we understand the value of their contents and as it is nearing a major festive celebration in Scotland, we decided that we should financially support this campaign with a suitable donation. instead of sending out cards to our clients, suppliers and others.
Let us hope that the annals are freed in the near future for the benefit of all of the radiation protection community internationally.
The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) have updated their guidance on excretion factors.
The new guidance on the percentage of administered radioactivity released to sewer for routinely used radiopharmaceuticals can be viewed on their website here.
The Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17) have been in force for 8 full months now.
With the commencement yesterday of the Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018, EA(S)R18, the third set of amendments have been made to IRR17.
The change is related to the wording of IRR17 regulation 31 (Notification of certain occurrences) and provides clarity in relation to discharges covered by radioactive substance activity authorisations.
Today, 1st September 2018, is an exciting new period for the regulation of Radioactive Substances in Scotland.
The Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018, EA(S)R18, have been made by the Scottish Government under the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 and come into force today.
EA(S)R18 replaces the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 (and its numerous amendments including Radioactive Substances Exemption (Scotland) Order 2011, Radioactive Substances (Basic Safety Standards) (Scotland) Regulations 2000, High Activity Sealed Sources and Orphan Sources Regulations 2005) for all work with radioactive substances on shore in Scotland.
EA(S)R18 provides a new framework for the authorisation of regulated environmental activities in Scotland, which will eventually include all Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC), Water, Waste and Radioactive Substances activities. The first regime brought in under EA(S)R18 is the Radioactive Substances activities.
Schedule 8 (Radioactive Substances, covering activities involving radioactive material and/or radioactive waste) and Schedule 9 (General Binding Rules) transposes the requirements of the European Council Basic Safety Standards Directive (2013/59/Euratom) in regards to safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionising radiation in regards to the public exposure and environmental aspects.
EA(S)R18 brings into effect a new graded system for authorisations with four tiers:
- General Binding Rules (replacing existing exemptions and covering specific low risk activities);
- Notifications (covering low risk activities were SEPA need to be notified of the of the activity);
- Registrations (these cover activities which require an application to be made to SEPA for a simple assessment and will be granted using standard conditions); and
- Permits (used for higher risk and/or non-standard activities which require an application to be made to SEPA and a detailed assessment to be made).
For all registration and permit applications, SEPA will assess if the applicant is fit and proper including for some authorisations additional specific requirements (e.g. any activity involving a high-activity sealed source (HASS) requires financial provision and any activity involving the management of radioactive waste requires appointment of a Radioactive Waste Adviser (RWA)).
EA(S)R18 states that a registration or authorisation granted under RSA93 is deemed to be an authorisation under the new regulations and will most likely become a permit or potentially a registration. Transition arrangements are in place until March 2019.
If you require any advice on the various aspects of the new Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018 then please get in touch.
As part of the UK continuing to transpose Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom into our legislation there have been some amendments made to the Radioactive Contaminated Land regulations in England.
Today, 22nd June 2018, The Radioactive Contaminated Land (Enabling Powers and Modification of Enactments) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2018 fully come into force.
Regulation 3 of the new legislation amends The Radioactive Contaminated Land (Modification of Enactments) (England) Regulations 2006 (as amended) by changing the definition of remediation in order to implement obligations under Article 73(1)(b) and (e) of the Directive. Regulation 3 also amends references to Council Directive 96/29/Euratom which is replaced by the Directive and makes other amendments to reflect the new definitions of “emergency”, “protective measures”, “remedial measures”, “optimisation” and “justification” in the Directive.
Regulation 2 makes analogous amendments to the The Radioactive Contaminated Land (Enabling Powers) (England) Regulations 2005, which had previously been amended by The Radioactive Contaminated Land (Enabling Powers and Modification of Enactments) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2010.
Today is the day that the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (the GDPR) come into play and will affect all businesses with offices, employees, customers and/or suppliers in the EU.
As mentioned previously, we’ve updated our data protection policy and this is now available on our website: http://rp-alba.com/resources/201805DataProtectionPolicy.pdf
We are pleased to see that people are starting to opt in to be on our mailing list. We plan to use this for the distribution of periodic blog posts (commencing this summer) on aspects of radiation protection, developments in radiation protection, legislative changes and to let you know of other RP Alba Ltd products that may be of interest to you. You can opt in to receive these by signing up here: http://eepurl.com/dkOnfD
If you have any queries in relation to any of this then please feel free to get in touch with us.
We are committed to maintaining the highest standards when it comes to the privacy of our clients and the privacy of their employees’ data.
In case you weren’t already aware, on the 25 May 2018, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (the GDPR) come into play and will affect all businesses with offices, employees, customers and/or suppliers in the EU.
In light of these changes, we’ve updated our data protection policy. These changes relate to personal data processed by RP Alba Ltd when we’re providing products and services. We have shared our updated data protection policy with our client base and this will be getting added onto our website shortly for future reference.
In the meantime, if you are interested, our updated policy can be read by following this link: 2018-05 Data Protection Policy.
If you have any queries in relation to this information then please feel free to get in touch with us.
We are planning to commence periodic blog posts (from this summer) on aspects of radiation protection, developments in radiation protection, legislative changes and to let you know of other RP Alba Ltd products that may be of interest to you.
These will be delivered through our new customer mailing list.
You can opt in to receive these by signing up here: http://eepurl.com/dkOnfD
If you have any queries in relation to this then please feel free to get in touch with us.