Last updated date: Reason for update:
01 September 2022 Specifies all codes & standards applicable to each PRF/PLS; references updated

NOTE 1:  ARPANSA encourages licence holders to be proactive in their approach to compliance. Undertaking periodic self-assessments against applicable codes and standards is considered good practice.  

NOTE 2: Although AS/NZS2243.4 requires annual calibration of radiation monitoring instruments, if an instrument is used solely to detect the presence or absence of radioactive contamination, and from which no quantitative information (such as air concentration or surface contamination) is derived, then the frequency of calibration may be extended to a maximum of five years. 

NOTE 3:  In addition to codes and standards, ARPANSA considers international best practice when making licensing decisions. 

Prescribed Radiation Facility

PRF-1 Particle accelerator with a beam energy greater than 1 MeV, or can produce neutrons

Linac used for scientific, research & radiographic purposes:

RPS C-1 Code for Radiation Protection in Planned Exposure Situations (Rev. 1) (2020) 

Australian/New Zealand Standard: Safety in laboratories Part 4: Ionizing radiations (AS/NZS 2243.4:2018)

Health Physics Society (HPS) Installations using non-medical x-ray and sealed gamma-ray sources, energies up to 10 MeV ANSI/HPS N43.3-2008

[Note: This is an American publication; the dose limits and references therein do not apply in Australia]

Cyclotron producing medical isotopes

RPS C-1 Code for Radiation Protection in Planned Exposure Situations (Rev. 1) (2020) 

Australian/New Zealand Standard: Safety in laboratories Part 4: Ionizing radiations (AS/NZS 2243.4:2018)

Other particle accelerator capable of producing neutrons

RPS C-1 Code for Radiation Protection in Planned Exposure Situations (Rev. 1) (2020) 

Australian/New Zealand Standard: Safety in laboratories Part 4: Ionizing radiations (AS/NZS 2243.4:2018)

PRF-2 Irradiator containing more than 1015 Bq of a controlled material

RPS C-1 Code for Radiation Protection in Planned Exposure Situations (Rev. 1) (2020) 

Australian/New Zealand Standard: Safety in laboratories Part 4: Ionizing radiations (AS/NZS 2243.4:2018)

Radiation Health Series 24: Code of practice for the design and safe operation of non-medical irradiation facilities (1988)

PRF-3 Irradiator containing more than 1013 Bq of a controlled material

(a) not including shielding as an integral part of its construction; or 

(b) including as an integral part of its construction shielding that does not prevent a person from being exposed to the source or does not shield a source during the operation of the irradiator 

RPS C-1 Code for Radiation Protection in Planned Exposure Situations (Rev. 1) (2020) 

Australian/New Zealand Standard: Safety in laboratories Part 4: Ionizing radiations (AS/NZS 2243.4:2018)

Radiation Health Series 24: Code of practice for the design and safe operation of non-medical irradiation facilities (1988)

Prescribed legacy site

PLS-1 Possess or control a prescribed legacy site

Australian/New Zealand Standard: Safety in laboratories Part 4: Ionizing radiations (AS/NZS 2243.4:2018)

The following best practice guidance should be considered:

IAEA Specific Safety Guide SSG 31: Monitoring and Surveillance of Radioactive Waste Disposal Facilities (2014)

RPS G-4 Guide for Classification of Radioactive Waste (2020) 

RPS G-2 Guide for Radiation Protection in Existing Exposure Situations (2017) 

PLS-2 Remediate a prescribed legacy site​​​​​​

RPS C-1 Code for Radiation Protection in Planned Exposure Situations (Rev. 1) (2020) 

Australian/New Zealand Standard: Safety in laboratories Part 4: Ionizing radiations (AS/NZS 2243.4:2018)

The following best practice guidance should be considered:

RPS G-4 Guide for Classification of Radioactive Waste (2020) 

RPS G-2 Guide for Radiation Protection in Existing Exposure Situations (2017) 

IAEA General Safety Guide GSG-15 Remediation Strategy and Process for Areas Affected by Past Activities or Events (2022)

PLS-3 Abandon a prescribed legacy site

The following best practice should be considered:

IAEA Safety Guide WS-G-5.1 Release of sites from regulatory control on termination of practices (2006)

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