Information for industry

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Why you should consider joining

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 programs.

International safety standards require that records of individual exposures of workers are kept and made available to the relevant regulatory authority and to individuals.

The establishment of a centralised national dose registry is international best practice for the storage and maintenance of occupational exposure records and is important for the long-term security of workers’ dose histories.

ARPANSA provides this service free of charge.

Which industries are included in the ANRDR?

The ANRDR is open to all industries and organisations that monitor their workers for radiation exposures, including:

  • mining
  • medical
  • government
  • research
  • veterinary
  • industrial
  • aviation
  • universities.

What are the benefits?

Providing your workers’ dose records to the ANRDR makes sure:

  • your organisation meets its dose record management requirements as stipulated by your regulator
  • your dose records are maintained securely for the long-term even after your workers retire or you cease your monitoring program
  • your workers can access their Australian dose records throughout their careers from anywhere in the world
  • you receive an alert if any of your workers exceed a dose limit
  • you get the benefit of statistical analyses and dose trends for workgroups in your industry
  • the information is used to assist in improving safety for all occupationally exposed workers.

How the ANRDR system works

The ANRDR system includes a secure online portal for employer access, an administration component and a database.

The user (typically the radiation safety officer or other appropriate person) uploads a data file in the ANRDR format using the secure web portal. The data files are automatically processed and uploaded to the database. If any errors are found or if the file does not meet the ANRDR requirements, the system will automatically produce an error report. The user addresses the error(s) and resubmits the file. ARPANSA does not alter or perform calculation checks on the submitted dose data.

All dose records are held in compliance with the requirements of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cwlth).

How to join

You can join the ANRDR in three easy steps:

  1. Registration
    Register your workplace today! Visit our secure online portal by clicking the ‘Register’ button and filling in the relevant details.
     
  2. Sign the service agreement
    Sign our PDF icon Australian National Radiation Dose Register (ANRDR) Agreement and return via email to the ANRDRatarpansa.gov.au (subject: Signed%20service%20agreement) (ANRDR). Read our full privacy statement online.
  3. Submit your data
    After you have registered and signed the service agreement, you’re ready to submit your data. Compile your data in a spreadsheet, and then send it through to us via our secure portal by clicking on ‘Upload files’.

To request more information on registering with the ANRDR, please anrdratarpansa.gov.au (subject: I%20am%20interested%20in%20joining%20the%20ANRDR) (contact the ANRDR team).

Future of the ANRDR

The ANRDR has recently expanded to cover all industries where workers are exposed to radiation as part of their work.

We are now working with our state and territory regulatory partners to provide access to the ANRDR for all radiation regulators. A regulatory portal will allow regulators to view their licence holders’ data and statistical analyses within their jurisdiction. This will facilitate regulatory oversight and greatly improve efficiency for reviewing occupational exposures.

A worker portal will also be developed to allow workers to securely access and download their own dose history reports.

Our ultimate goal is to ensure all occupationally exposed workers in Australia are included in the ANRDR.

Worker outreach program

ARPANSA has launched a worker outreach program to educate workers in your industry about the ANRDR. The aim of the outreach program is to inform workers on the existence and benefits of the ANRDR, and to encourage workers to request their radiation dose histories.

A brochure and poster series have been developed, and PowerPoint slides are available that can be integrated into workplace inductions or radiation safety training programs. Visit our publications page to view and download the outreach material. Contact the ANRDR team to anrdratarpansa.gov.au (subject: ANRDR%20outreach%20material) (request hardcopies) of the brochures and posters free of charge.