Industrial gauging Possession Licence
The possession of radiation sources is regulated under the Radiation Safety Act 1999 to minimise the risks associated with radiation.
Industrial radiography sources include:
- industrial X-ray gauges
- enclosed radiation apparatus
- sealed radioactive substances in an industrial gauge.
Know which form you need?
This page contains the following Industrial gauging Possession Licence application form:
Who needs this licence?
You will need a Possession Licence if you seek have the overall ownership and control of an industrial gauging source. This licence is needed before a radiation practice can be carried out, including acquiring a radiation source.
You can apply for a Possession Licence as a corporation or as an individual.
Industrial gauging businesses commonly possess radiation sources for purposes, which include:
- continuous measurements
- discrete measurements
- instream analysis
- determination of material density
- determination of material thickness
- industrial sorting.
Industrial gauging businesses will need:
- Business licences—a person needs to hold a Possession Licence for the radiation source to take overall ownership and control of it.
- Radiation source approvals—each time before a radiation source can be purchased or otherwise obtained, the Possession Licensee will need to apply for an Approval to Acquire the radiation source. This is to ensure proper safety measures are in place and to ensure all radiation sources are accounted for.
Responsibilities of a Possession Licensee
As part of your responsibilities as the Possession Licensee you need to:
- Have an approved Radiation Safety and Protection Plan (Plan) that describes what the radiation practice is, the associated risks, how risks will be managed and how safety measures will continue to remain effective. The plan needs to be readily available for all staff.
- Apply for an Approval to Acquire every time you seek to purchase or otherwise obtain new radiation equipment or substances.
- Appoint a Radiation Safety Officer for the radiation practice
- Use the services of an Equipment and Premises Compliance Tester to assess radiation sources and premises for compliance with safety standards (at required intervals).
You are required to comply with Radiation Safety Act 1999.
Relevant radiation protection codes and documents:
- Planned Exposure Code (2016) describes the measures you will need to have in place to protect people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation. These measures need to be described in your Plan.
- Code of Practice for Safe Use of Fixed Radiation Gauges (2007).
Manage industrial radiography premises
As a Possession Licensee, you will need to ensure that the premises where radiation sources are used or stored are compliant with the relevant safety standards. These standards set out the minimum radiation facility safety requirements as part of the health and safety requirements of the Radiation Safety Act 1999.
Compliance assessment of radiation sources and premises
Use the services of an Accredited Person (Equipment and Premises Compliance Tester) to assess if your radiation sources and premises are compliant with the relevant safety standards. Reassessment needs to occur periodically to verify continued compliance with the safety standards as per the legislation and your Plan.
You can search the public register for a list of individuals who are able to assess if your radiation source and premises comply with the relevant safety standard.
Apply for an industrial gauging Possession Licence
Use this form if you seek to have the overall ownership and control of an industrial gauging radiation source.
You can apply for a licence to possess radiation equipment for industrial gauging purposes as a corporation or an individual.
Your application needs to include:
- a proposed Radiation Safety and Protection Plan for the radiation practice
- 2 proof of identity documents (for individuals).
A Possession Licence can be for 1, 2 or 3 years.
Renewal applications can be made 60 days before your licence expires. You will be sent a reminder and renewal application form before your licence expires.
You will need to pay a licence fee. If you do not hold a current licence you will also need to pay an application fee.
See Schedule of fees to determine the fee you will need to pay. Your form will only be considered a complete application once payment has been made.