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Radiation Protection Series C-1

Front cover - RPS C-1

Code for Radiation Protection in Planned Exposure Situations (2016)

This Code for Radiation Protection in Planned Exposure Situations (2016) sets out the requirements in Australia for the protection of occupationally exposed persons, the public and the environment in planned exposure situations. The primary means of controlling exposure in planned exposure situations is by good design of facilities, equipment, operating procedures and through training – all of which contribute to optimisation of protection.

ARPANSA, jointly with state and territory regulators in the Radiation Health Committee (RHC), has developed this Code based on the ‘requirements’ relating to planned exposure situations described in the Safety Requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Radiation Protection and Safety of Radiation Sources: International Basic Safety Standards General Safety Requirements Part 3, GSR Part 3 (IAEA 2014), generally referred to as the Basic Safety Standards or BSS.

This publication, together with RPS F-1, supersede the Recommendations for Limiting Exposure to Ionizing Radiation (1995) and National Standard for Limiting Occupational Exposure to Ionizing Radiation (republished 2002) (RPS 1). As RPS 1 was a joint publication with the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission, the predecessor of Safe Work Australia (SWA), formal agreement was sought, and was received, from SWA to withdraw RPS 1.

Please note: The recommended action levels for radon-222 concentration in air (Annex C of RPS 1) will be superseded by the Existing Exposure Guide when published (currently in preparation by the Radiation Health Committee). RPS 1 will be withdrawn when the Existing Exposure Guide is published.


Code for Radiation Protection in Planned Exposure Situations (2016)
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Please note: this publication is only available as a digital edition.

Public Consultation

The draft code was released for public comment from 21 April to 5 June 2015. A second round of comments on the draft was invited from 16 September to 10 October 2016:

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