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Radiation at work explained

20 April 2020

Do you use, or are you exposed to radiation as part of your work? Our new suite of occupational exposure factsheets have been designed to keep you informed about the type of radiation you may be exposed to, any possible health effects and how to adequately protect yourself. 

The use of radiation in the workplace is a normal and required part of many occupations. For example, radiation is used widely in the health sector to diagnose or treat patients, the mining industry in the processing of minerals and ores and in technology used to power our homes and devices.

ARPANSA has developed a new suite of occupational exposure factsheets that have been designed to keep workers informed about the type of radiation they may be exposed to, any possible health effects and how to adequately protect themselves. The factsheets are broken down by industry to help you easily find information that’s relevant to you. 

We’ve also included specific advice for occupations undertaken outdoors, resulting in exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, as well as pregnant workers who may be exposed to radiation as part of their job. 

ARPANSA also contributed to the Cancer Council’s resource for people who work outdoors and their employers. This health and safety guide provides workers with information and strategies on identifying and managing ultraviolet radiation as a workplace hazard.

Our suite of occupational exposure factsheets are available here.

To monitor potential ionising radiation exposure to workers in fields such as medical, dental, chiropractic, industrial and mining, ARPANSA has a Personal Radiation Monitoring Service (PRMS). Accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), ARPANSA uses state-of-the-art technology to assess and report doses at our in-house facility, ensuring users comply with their radiation licence requirements of all Commonwealth, State and Territory regulations.

In addition, ARPANSA hosts the Australian National Radiation Dose Register (ANRDR). This is a database designed to store and maintain radiation dose records for occupationally exposed workers. 

If you work with, or are exposed to radiation, we encourage you to request a personal radiation dose report periodically. You can do this by completing an online form.