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 (2016). 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 to facilitate the implementation of this requirement across all jurisdictions.

What’s next

Commonwealth, state and territory regulators have agreed to provide funding for ARPANSA to develop a regulator interface that would provide access to their licence holders’ data in the ANRDR.

Consultation with regulatory representatives was undertaken in early 2018 via the establishment of a working group. The purpose of this consultation was to determine the type of functionality that the regulators would require to enhance their regulatory functions.

We are currently working on developing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for this work to go ahead. The MoU will be endorsed by RHC members in early 2019 and development work will begin shortly thereafter.

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 benefits:

  • The ANRDR will improve efficiency by managing and providing you with access to 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.
  • By providing their dose records to 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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