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Hire of radiation meters

We offer four types of meters you can hire to measure radiation in and around your home

Magnetic field meter

Image of ELF milligauss meter You can hire a magnetic field meter from us to measure the strength of magnetic fields generated by the passage of mains electricity. The magnetic field meter is a hand held device with a digital display that reads in units of milligauss (mG). The magnetic field meter is not suitable for the measurement of radiofrequency fields emitted from telecommunications sources such as mobile phones, mobile phone towers, Wi-Fi, smart meters, etc.

Magnetic Field Meter Hire Form Agreement (updated January 2018):
PDF icon Magnetic field meter hire form
File Magnetic field meter hire form

Read more about measuring magnetic fields and how to use the meter.

Ionising radiation meter

Image of Rados gamma radiation meter You can hire a meter from us to measure ionising radiation around your home. The Ionising Radiation Meter is a handheld device with a digital display that measures gamma radiation dose and dose rate.

Radiation dose is measured in units of microsieverts (µSv). Radiation dose rate is measured in units of microsieverts per hour (µSv/h).

Ionising Radiation Meter Hire Form Agreement (updated January 2019):
PDF icon Ionising radiation meter hire form
File Ionising radiation meter hire form

User guide for the Ionising Radiation Meter (updated September 2016):
PDF icon Guide to using Rados RDS-120 Ionising Radiation Meter
Microsoft Office document icon Guide to using Rados RDS-120 Ionising Radiation Meter  

UV index meter

meter to measure ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun

You can hire a UV index meter to measure the intensity of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. The UV meters are a great way to measure the sun protection of your shade structures such as window shades and awnings, and also your car windscreen. You can also measure some of the following sun protection structures: shade sail, shade marquee, gazebo hut, pergola, beach tent, camping tent, umbrella, skylight, and shady tree.

The meter is a hand held device with a digital display that displays readings of the UV index. They can be hired for $50.00 AUD (personal collection from ARPANSA) or $71.10 AUD (express post delivery).

Disclaimer: the UV index meters ARPANSA supplies are not suitable for estimating the total dose resulting from repeated exposures of UV over a period of time. This is because the UV changes over the course of the day. The UV index meters are, however, suitable for spot checks, that is if a measurement is done at a particular location and particular time of day.

UV index meter hire agreement form (updated January 2019):

PDF icon UV index meter hire agreement form
File UV index meter hire agreement form

User guide for the UV index meter (updated March 2018):

User guide for the UV index meter

Radon meter

You can hire a radon meter from us to measure the indoor radon concentration within your home. For an accurate measurement, the meter will need to be left untouched in each room for seven days. Radon meter

The meter has a digital display which shows the radon concentration in the units of Becquerel per cubic metre (Bq·m-3).

Radon Meter Hire Agreement Form (updated January 2019):

PDF icon Radon Meter Hire Agreement Form
File Radon Meter Hire Agreement Form

User guide for the Radon Meter (updated November 2018):

PDF icon Guide to using Airthings home radon meter
File Guide to using Airthings home radon meter

Postal address

Please send your completed hire form agreement to:

Meter hire
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency
619 Lower Plenty Road
Yallambie VIC 3085

Email: infoatarpansa.gov.au

As meters are in high demand you may wish to contact us to find out when a meter is likely to be available. Following receipt of a completed Hire Agreement Form, ARPANSA will contact you when a meter becomes available to make sure you still require it.