Radiation Health - Legislation, standards and information
What is Queensland's radiation safety legislation?
Radiation Health administers Queensland's Radiation Safety Act 1999 and the Radiation Safety Regulation 2010. The objective of the Act is to protect persons from health risks associated with exposure to particular sources of ionising radiation and harmful non-ionising radiation, and to protect the environment from being adversely affected by exposure to radiation.
What are the Radiation Safety Standards?
Radiation safety standards, which are made by the Minister of Health, establish the minimum safety criteria for:
certain radiation sources
certain premises where radiation sources are used
premises where radioactive substances are stored.
Compliance with the standards assist possession licensees in ensuring that the health and safety of persons are not adversely affected by exposure to radiation.
To demonstrate that their radiation sources and premises comply with the applicable radiation safety standard, possession licensees must obtain a Certificate of Compliance from an appropriately accredited person. Verification of compliance with the standard is required before initial use of the source, and then periodically at intervals specified in the Radiation Safety Regulation 2010.
To obtain a list of accredited persons, please contact Radiation Health.
What are Queensland Health's radiation related policies?
Queensland Health has a number of information sheets to assist in the administration of the radiation safety legislation.
How does Queensland compare with other jurisdictions?
Queensland is striving to improve consistency in its radiation safety arrangements with all other jurisdictions in Australia to reduce red tape and bureaucracy.
There will always be times where the licensing arrangements in the State are unique, however, as far as practicable, Queensland is, along with the other jurisdictions, working towards achieving positions of national uniformity.
The arrangements for achieving national uniformity are set out in the National Directory for Radiation Protection.
If there are matters relating to a lack of national uniformity about which you are aggrieved, they may be raised:
- with the Director, Radiation Health directly via email
- for discussion by the Radiation Advisory Council via email
- for discussion by the Commonwealth's Radiation Health Committee.
Imaging of Children
Special attention should be paid to ensure that radiological examinations of persons under the age of 18 years (i.e. children) are justified. Radiological examination of children requires a higher level of justification as they have a longer life expectancy in which the manifestation of possible harmful effects of radiation may occur. Additionally, children may be more susceptible to radiation-induced cancers.
For information and resources to support the reduction in radiation exposure to children and young people from CT scans, please go to the links page.