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IAEA DS470 Draft Safety Guide - Radiation Safety in the Use of Sources in Research and Education

ARPANSA coordinates comments on behalf of Australia on IAEA draft documents. The IAEA is seeking comments from their member states on a new draft IAEA Safety Guide – DS470 - Radiation Safety in the Use of Sources in Research and Education (Safety Guide).

The draft Safety Guide is part of a series of Specific Safety Guides for facilities and activities that cover the use of radioactive sources and X-ray generators.

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The Issue
Start/End Date: 
Tuesday 2 February 2021 - 09:00 to Wednesday 5 May 2021 - 17:00

What is the Guide used for?

The draft Safety Guide:

  • provides recommendations on how to meet the relevant requirements of IAEA Safety Standards Series No. GSR Part 3, Radiation Protection and Safety of Radiation Sources: International Basic Safety Standards (2014) in the use of radiation sources in research and education
  • provides guidance on the control of occupational exposure and of public exposure, and on safety measures specific to the use of radiation sources in research and education
  • is aimed primarily at operating organisations such as educational and research establishments including schools, colleges, universities, and technical institutes that are authorised to use radiation sources in academic programmes, as well as their employees, students, teachers and radiation protection officers
  • will also be of interest to regulatory bodies and to other relevant agencies involved in design, manufacture, supply and service of equipment in research and education facilities.

Further, the safety guide will:

  • address the radiation protection and safety aspects of the use of X-ray generators and other types of radiation sources that are used in research and education
  • address the exposure of students and workers using radiation sources in research and education. It also covers exposure of members of the public who may be inadvertently exposed during the operation of such sources.

Please note:

  • The requirements relating to the protection of students and research workers carrying out research or studies at research reactor facilities are established in IAEA Safety Standards Series No. SSR-3, Safety of Research Reactors, and related recommendations are provided in IAEA Safety Standards Series No. NS-G-4.6, Radiation Protection and Radioactive Waste Management in the Design and Operation of Research Reactors. Such facilities and activities are outside the scope of the draft Safety Guide.
  • The exposure of volunteers for the purposes of biomedical research is considered to be a medical exposure and is therefore not within the scope of the draft Safety Guide.

How to make a comment

ARPANSA will compile all comments before providing the national input to the IAEA. Please use the comment templates for individual Guides provided to have your say. You may use the online webform available below or submit the comment template(s) via email to stakeholdercommentatarpansa.gov.au

Comments will be accepted until 5 May 2021.

View draft document on the IAEA website:

Download the draft template for comments:


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