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Radiation legislation and safety standards

Radiation safety legislation

Radiation Health administers Queensland's Radiation Safety Act 1999 and the Radiation Safety Regulation 2010.

The objective of Radiation Safety Act 1999 is to:

  • protect persons from health risks associated with exposure to sources of ionising radiation and harmful non-ionising radiation
  • protect the environment from being adversely affected by exposure to radiation.

Legislation:

Queensland Health's strategy to achieve compliance with the Radiation Safety Act 1999 can be found at:

Radiation safety standards

An Accredited Person will assess radiation sources and premises to check that they comply with the relevant safety standard.

Radiation safety standards establish the minimum safety criteria for:

  • radiation sources
  • premises where radiation sources are used
  • premises where radioactive substances are stored.

These assessments are required before the radiation source is used and periodically to ensure the equipment and premises continue to maintain safety for people and the environment.

Issue a Certificate of Compliance details how often assessments are required.

A complete list of the radiation safety standards is available in the Radiation Safety (Radiation Safety Standards) Notice 2010. You can access all the standards alphabetically, or refer to the industry groupings below.

Radiation sources used in different industries have different safety standards:

Medical

Equipment:

Premises:

Dental

Equipment:

Premises:

Chiropractic radiography

Equipment:

Premises:

Cosmetic

Equipment:

HR006:2020 Standard for Class 4 lasers used to carry out cosmetic or health related procedures on human beings (PDF 186 kB)

Premises:

PR008:2020 Standard for premises at which Class 4 lasers are used to carry out cosmetic or health related procedures (PDF 134 kB)

Veterinary

Equipment:

Premises:

Industrial gauging

Equipment:

NM006:2020 Standard for radiation apparatus used to carry out industrial gauging (PDF 162 kB)

Substances:

NM009:2020 Standard for sealed radioactive substances incorporated in sealed source apparatus used to carry out industrial gauging (PDF 148 kB)

Premises:

Industrial radiography

Equipment:

Substances:

Premises:

Geotechnical measurements

Substances:

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Borehole logging

Substances:

Premises:

Education, science and research

Equipment:

Premises:

Last updated: 10 March 2021