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Workers who are occupationally exposed to radiation will benefit from the long-term storage of their radiation dose records, which will allow them to check and monitor their own occupational exposure.
Currently, the ANRDR is limited to workers in the uranium mining and milling industry, the mineral sands mining and processing industry, and Commonwealth Government entities, however, expansion of the ANRDR to include workers exposed to radiation in other industries is now in progress.
The ANRDR stores and maintains radiation dose information as well as some personal information so that we can confidently link the dose information with the correct worker.
There are a number of different types of radiation and various pathways that result in personal radiation exposure. The ANRDR records information on the doses received from the different radiation and pathways of exposure.
Personal information is also collected to ensure that doses are matched to the correct workers. This personal information includes:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Employee number (unique identifier)
All personal information is handled in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cwlth). Please refer to the ANRDR Privacy Statement for further information on the collection, storage and use of personal information.
The data stored and maintained in the ANRDR will be available to workers on request in the form of a personal dose history report.
The data maintained in the Register is used to identify trends and allow comparisons across different work practices. This information will assist in improving safety and will facilitate optimisation of occupational radiation doses. The published data analyses will not identify individual workers or employers who are registered with the ANRDR.
The storage and maintenance of dose records in the ANRDR allows workers to track personal doses received through the course of their employment. Workers whose dose records are stored in the ANRDR benefit from having their radiological dose records maintained and retrievable over the long-term.
Furthermore, the information contained in the ANRDR will help strengthen radiation safety practices for occupationally exposed workers in Australia.
Workers can request a copy of their radiation dose history from the ANRDR by completing a dose history request form. This report will outline the history of radiation doses received while working in applicable industries in Australia, and while registered with the ANRDR.
The service is provided free of charge by ARPANSA.
Where it is expected that a worker will be exposed to radiation as a result of their employment, the worker must not exceed the prescribed dose limits. In Australia, these dose limits are prescribed in the Code of Radiation Protection in Planned Exposure Situations (2016), Radiation Protection Series C-1, which reflects international best practice in radiation protection.
The current limit of radiation exposure is 20 millisieverts (mSv) per year averaged over 5 years, and not more than 50 mSv received in any one year. On average, the typical exposure to workers in industries currently registered in the ANRDR is significantly less than the prescribed dose limits. These dose limits only apply to radiation exposure received occupationally, and do not include exposures from natural background radiation or non-occupational medical doses.
Further information on radiation and radiation exposure can be found at Understanding radiation.
ARPANSA has launched a Worker Outreach Program to educate workers in applicable industries on the existence of the ANRDR. The aim of the outreach program is to inform workers on the capabilities and benefits of the ANRDR, and to encourage workers to check/request their radiation dose histories. A brochure and poster series has been developed and distributed to relevant employers. ARPANSA is working with industry to integrate this information into workplace inductions and radiation safety training programs.
The brochure and poster series can be found below: