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Best practice for maintaining radiation dose records

ANRDR Promotional Poster Recording and maintaining occupational exposure records are important aspects of any radiation protection program to demonstrate compliance with occupational dose limits and facilitate optimisation of monitoring procedures and programs.
International safety standards require that records of individual occupational doses of workers are kept and made available to the relevant regulatory authority and individuals.

Establishment of a centralised national dose registry is current best practice for collection and storage of occupational exposure records and is important for the long-term security of individual workers’ dose histories.

Which industries are included in the ANRDR?

The ANRDR is currently limited to workers in the uranium mining and milling industry, the mineral sands mining and processing industry and Commonwealth Government entities. ARPANSA is expanding the ANRDR to all industries with occupationally exposed workers, such as the medical and aviation sectors.

What are the benefits?

The information contained in the ANRDR will assist in developing better work practices to improve safety for occupationally exposed workers in Australia by facilitating optimisation of radiation protection programs. Analysis of the ANRDR data provides information on industry and workgroup exposure trends, allowing comparisons of doses received by workers across different work practices.

The ANRDR is able to notify employers and regulators if an individual exceeds the occupational exposure limits. This is a particular benefit when workers change employers or jurisdictions.

The ANRDR ensures that personal occupational radiation exposures are maintained for the long term.

How the ANRDR system works

The ANRDR is a system that incorporates a specially-designed secure web-based portal and database. Employers upload data files containing workers’ radiation dose records through the secure web portal. All dose records are held in compliance with the requirements of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cwlth).

The dose files are submitted to the ANRDR via the portal in quarterly intervals in accordance with the ANRDR data transfer specifications. Dose files submitted through the portal are automatically processed and checked for integrity during the submission process before being accepted into the database.

ARPANSA does not alter any data submitted. If errors are found in the file, or if the file does not meet the requirements specified in the Data Transfer Specifications document (see below), an error report will be automatically generated. The user will be required to address the issues identified in the error report and resubmit the data.

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ARPANSA does not perform calculation checks on data submitted. Dose parameters used in the dose calculation need to be supplied with the dose data for reference.

To request access to the secure web portal and to discuss your organisation’s registration requirements, please contact the ANRDR team. Typically, the nominated radiation safety officer or similar would be the appropriate person to have access to the web portal.

Future of the ANRDR

ARPANSA is expanding the ANRDR to other industries where workers are occupationally exposed to radiation, such as the medical and aviation sectors.