This policy particularly applies to employees and students whilst performing tasks using equipment or substances that fall into the following categories.
The University is committed to ensuring the safety, health and security of staff, students and others who are on University premises and are working with ionising or non-ionising radiation.
Under these circumstances there are special risks because of the nature of the hazard. These risks may have implications for those directly exposed or their offspring, and may become apparent in the short term or only after an extended period of time.
The Radiation Safety Act 1975 and the Radiation Safety (General) Regulations (1983-1997) provide a number of restrictions to the use of potentially hazardous radiation producing equipment. The Act is administered by the Radiological Council, a statutory body set up under the Act.
The Act and Regulations refer extensively to current Australian,/New Zealand Standards and National Health and Medical Research Council codes.
The responsibility for implementation of the following general procedures rests with the relevant Heads of Schools, managers and supervisors. Each workplace is responsible for preparing and enforcing its own procedures and for informing, instructing, training and supervising staff and students whose activities are affected by this policy.
Staff and students are required to comply with the workplace procedures and to report any accidents or incidents and also any safety, health or security concerns. Each individual is responsible for taking reasonably practicable steps to ensure their own safety and personal security when working with radiation.
The registrant and Radiation Safety Officer, under the general regulations, are required to institute and maintain a system of radiation safety at the University.
In particular, the registrant must appoint an RSO and a radiation safety committee to perform duties imposed regarding radiation safety as below:
All personnel working with radiation must have received appropriate training in relation to the hazard. Unauthorised use of radiation is not permitted within the University.
The radiation work to be conducted must first have a risk assessment performed on it.
Each workplace area is responsible for preparing and enforcing their own procedures and for informing, instructing, training and supervising staff and students in these. Assistance with this is available from Safety and Health.