Information for regulators

Current status

ARPANSA, jointly with state and territory regulators in the Radiation Health Committee (RHC), has developed the Code for Radiation Protection in Planned Exposure Situations (Rev 1, 2020). This Code is based on the ‘requirements’ relating to planned exposure situations described in the Safety Requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Requirement 3.1.24 (c) of the Code states that occupational exposure records must be provided to the relevant regulatory authority or the approved central record keeping agency. State and territory regulators, through the RHC, have approved the ANRDR as the ‘central record keeping agency’ for storing and maintaining occupational dose records in a national database.

We are now working with relevant regulators through the ANRDR Advisory Board to facilitate the implementation of this requirement across all jurisdictions.

What’s next

The ANRDR team continues to work with the proposed dosimetry service provider accreditation program to ensure that the submission of dose records to the ANRDR directly from dosimetry service providers can be implemented. 

ARPANSA will develop a regulator interface for the ANRDR that would provide access for all interested jurisdictional regulators to their licence holders’ data in the ANRDR.

Benefits for regulators

The purpose of the regulator interface is to enhance regulatory oversight of occupational doses received by workers in your jurisdiction. As a regulator, you’ll receive the following proposed benefits:

  • The ANRDR will provide you with access to all occupational exposure data in your jurisdiction
  • Workers who have more than one employer will have their dose records consolidated in the ANRDR
  • Easily access dose records for all your licence holders from one convenient location
  • Statistical information on dose trends within your jurisdiction will be made available at the industry, organisation and workgroup levels, with comparisons to national averages
  • We’ll send you an alert when a worker exceeds a dose limit or enforced dose constraint
  • All dose records are stored and maintained securely in our database for the long-term, even after workers retire or employers cease their monitoring programs
  • With their dose records stored in the ANRDR, your licence holders will meet their requirements for record-keeping of dose records
  • You’ll be helping Australia to meet international best practice for occupational dose record-keeping, as described by the IAEA

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