Radiation Safety

The Radiation Safety section of the Health Protection Service (HPS) helps enforce the principles of radiation protection.

In the event of an emergency, please dial 000.

The Radiation Safety section of the Health Protection Service (HPS) helps enforce the principles of radiation protection. This includes the process of Justification, Optimisation and Limitation.

We are responsible for the following outcomes:

  • ensuring radiation exposures to the community are As Low As Reasonable Achievable (ALARA)
  • issuing Radiation Licences and the registration of Radiation Sources in line with the Radiation Council (see below)
  • regulating the use, supply and service of ionising and non-ionising radiation in medical, research and industrial applications
  • regulating the safe use, transport, storage and disposal of radioactive substances
  • providing scientific and technical advice about radiation safety to the ACT community and the Minister for Health

We also manage the Radiation Protection Act 2006  and the Radiation Protection Regulation 2007 .

Please contact us for more information on 02 5124 9700 or hps@act.gov.au. Our fax number is 02 5124 5554.

Find us at the Howard Florey Centenary House, 25 Mulley Street, Holder, ACT 2611

Radiation Safety Training

The Canberra Hospital offers an annual radiation safety course for medical practitioners in fluoroscopy.

The course is suitable for medical practitioners in cardiology, urology, gastroenterology, orthopaedics, pain management and related disciplines.

Please contact us for more information.

Radiation Council

The ACT Radiation Council is established under the Radiation Protection Act 2006. The Council works in conjunction with the HPS to oversee the issuing of Radiation Licences and the registration of Radiation Sources.

In order to be included at the next scheduled meeting, licence and registration applications must be received by HPS at least seven (7) business days prior to the meeting.

The Council meets approximately every 6 weeks. Please see a list of meeting dates below:

Cut-off date Radiation Council meeting date
24 August 2020 02 September 2020
02 October 2020 14 October 2020
02 November 2020 11 November 2020
07 December 2020 16 December 2020
22 January 2021 03 February 2021
05 March 2021 17 March 2021
16 April 2021 28 April 2021
28 May 2021 09 June 2021
12 July 2021 21 July 2021
23 August 2021 01 September 2021
01 October 2021 13 October 2021
01 November 2021 10 November 2021
06 December 2021 15 December 2021
21 January 2022 02 February 2022

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Secretariat for the Radiation Council on 5124 9700 or hps@act.gov.au.

By post: Secretariat, Radiation Council, Health Protection Service, Locked Bag 5005, Weston Creek ACT 2611

Personal Radiation Monitoring

Personal Radiation Monitoring is required for anyone who is likely to be exposed to ionizing radiation in excess of 1 mSv in any one year.

The ARPANSA Radiation Protection Series document RPS 1, Recommendation for Limiting Exposure to Ionizing Radiation (1995), states that “operators and employers are responsible for ensuring that a radiation monitoring program is developed and followed, as required by the appropriate authority”. This Code has now been withdrawn and replaced by the ARPANSA Code for Radiation Protection in Planned Exposure Situations (2016) RPS C-1 and Monitoring and Reporting is covered in section 3.3.3.

The ARPANSA Code of Practice for Radiation Protection in the Medical Applications of Ionizing Radiation (2008) states that:

  • The Responsible Person must ensure that a personal radiation monitoring device supplied by a Personal Radiation Monitoring Service, approved in accordance with the criteria specified in the National Directory for Radiation Protection, is provided to each occupationally exposed person who is likely to be exposed to ionizing radiation in excess of 1mSv in any one year.
  • The operator must wear:
    • all personal protective equipment provided by the Responsible Person where applicable to the procedure; and
    • a personal radiation monitoring device where provided by the Responsible Person.

In addition, the ARPANSA Planned Exposure Code (2006) states that the Responsible Person must arrange for appropriate radiation monitoring to the extent necessary to:

  • demonstrate the effectiveness of the measures for protection and safety
  • assess external radiation doses.

Further to these requirements, the Radiation Council has determined the following Personal Radiation Monitors and area monitoring is required:

  • Dental practices which have OPG and/or CBCT units must have ongoing area monitoring at the operator position.

    In addition to this requirement, dentists and dental assistants must be able to demonstrate that they have undertaken a minimum one year period of appropriate radiation monitoring at the practice.

    In the case of intraoral units, a PRM ‘badge’ may be hung from each controller* instead of staff members having their own ‘badge’. After 12 months and provided the dose reports indicate a negligible dose received by each staff member, or the badge at the intraoral unit controller location, this aspect of the monitoring can be discontinued.

    *Please note that using this method the dose will not be attributable to a particular member of staff.

  • Veterinarians and Veterinarian Nurses/Veterinarian Assistants, who deal with a Radiation Source, require personal radiation monitoring (PRM).
  • Ongoing Personal Radiation Monitoring (PRM) is required for medical imaging staff who are likely to be exposed person to ionizing radiation in excess of 1 mSv in any one year.
  • Ongoing Personal Radiation Monitoring (PRM) is required for Radiation Oncology staff who are likely to be exposed person to ionizing radiation in excess of 1 mSv in any one year.
  • Ongoing Personal Radiation Monitoring (PRM) is required for Soil Technicians and those involved in Industrial radiography.
  • The operators of Baggage Scanners and Security Devices utilising X-rays do not require Personal Radiation Monitoring (PRM).
Page last updated on: 7 Aug 2020