The University is committed to ensuring the health, safety and security of staff, students and others who work with ionising or non-ionising radiation. Due to the potential for both short and long term effects of exposure, unauthorised use of radiation is not permitted. Personnel must receive training to ensure their health, safety and competence before commencing work with radiation.
The Radiation Safety Act 1975 and the Radiation Safety (General) Regulations (1983-1997) impose a number of restrictions for the use of potentially hazardous radiation producing equipment. The Act is administered by the Radiological Council which is 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.
Equipment covered by the act includes high powered lasers, x-ray machines and transilluminators. Such devices must be registered with the Radiological Council, and some of these devices may only be used by personnel who are suitably qualified and experienced, or by personnel who work under the supervision of such a person. Recognition of competency is determined via a licensing system that is administered by the Radiation Health Branch of the WA Health Department.
The registrant and the University 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 a Radiation Safety Officer and a radiation safety committee to perform duties imposed regarding radiation safety as below:
The responsibility for implementation of the safe management of radioactivity rests with the 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 guidance. Assistance with this is available from Safety and Health.
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.