What is radiation protection?
- The Radiation Protection Act 2005 (the Act) and the Radiation Protection Regulations 2016 (the Regulations): promote the safe use of radiation sources
- protect people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation.
This is achieved through licensing and the activities of the Director of Public Health, Radiation Advisory Council and Radiation Protection Unit who work closely to provide protection from the health risks associated with ionising and non-ionising radiation. The Act is administered by our Radiation Protection Unit.
- Class 3B or Class 4 laser
- IPL used for cosmetic purposes
- MRI/NMR unit
- Sealed and unsealed radioactive material
To deal with a radiation source in Tasmania you need a licence issued under the Act. This is specified as:
of a radiation source.
It is an offence to deal with a radiation source other than in accordance with a licence (S13 the Act).
How licence applications are assessed
Applications for a licence under the Act 2005 are assessed by looking at the:
- compliance of a radiation source against the following approved safety standards (x-ray equipment, lasers, equipment containing sealed radioactive material)
- training and skills of people wishing to use the radiation source
- compliance of the place against approved Standards for places.