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Radiation Protection Series No. 1
Recommendations for Limiting Exposure to Ionizing Radiation (1995) and National Standard for Limiting Occupational Exposure to Ionizing Radiation (republished 2002)
These Recommendations and Standard take into account the recommendations of the ICRP, which were adopted after careful review of all available scientific evidence concerning the risks arising from exposure to ionizing radiation.
A revision of RPS 1 to take account of the publication of more recent recommendations by the ICRP [ICRP 103] and the revised IAEA Basic Safety Standards is underway.
In February 2014, ARPANSA published Fundamentals for Protection Against Ionising Radiation (RPS F-1). This Fundamentals document, and the Planned Exposure Code (under development), will replace RPS 1.
ARPANSA and the Radiation Health Committee hosted a forum on the RPS 1 review at the Australasian Radiation Protection Society (ARPS) conference in Melbourne on 19 October 2011. RHC members, invited guest speakers and ARPANSA staff gave a series of presentations and facilitated a discussion session.
The presentations covered the proposed content and format of the replacement documents, outlined the major changes planned and described some expected implementation outcomes through case studies focusing on medical radiation, the environment and existing exposure situations. The forum also saw the launch of a further project arising out of the RPS 1 review, which will see a revision of the hierarchy of RPS publications to better align with the IAEA system.
The draft Fundamentals for Protection Against Ionising Radiation was released for public comment on 27 June 2013. A total of 16 sets of comments were received and addressed which resulted in some minor changes to the final document.
An open forum to discuss both the draft Fundamentals and the proposed production of a Code of practice for planned exposure situations was held at the ARPS38 Conference in Cairns on Wednesday 16 October 2013.
These are significant undertakings that will set the radiation protection agenda in Australia for the next 10-15 years.
Printed copies of RPS No. 1 are available for purchase directly from ARPANSA at a cost of AUD$18.70 per copy (incl. GST and postage).
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