Radiation safety

The Radiation Safety Act 1975 and associated regulations impose a number of restrictions for the use of radioactive substances, high powered lasers, x-ray or neutron emitting apparatus and UV transilluminators. All such substances and instruments must be registered and most can only be used under the supervision of a suitably qualified individual with an appropriate WA government issued licence. All projects at Curtin University using such materials and instruments must be approved by the University Radiation Safety Committee before work commences.

Responsibilities

University Radiation Safety Officer (RSO)

The University RSO  is responsible for instituting and maintaining a system of radiation safety at the University. This system is monitored by the University Radiation Safety Committee. The University RSO can offer assistance and advice on all matters related to radiation safety including registration and licencing requirements.

Departmental Officers

The responsibility for the implementation of the system at a local level rests with the Heads of Schools or Directors. Each workplace is responsible for enforcing the procedures and for ensuring that staff and students have the necessary information, instruction, training and supervision before commencing radiation work. Heads of Schools or Directors may, if they wish, nominate a Radiation Safety Supervisor (RSS) to liaise on their behalf with both local departmental personnel and the University RSO for radiation matters. In addition, suitably qualified licence holders must supervise the day-to-day radiation safety aspects of every radiation project.

Staff and Students

Staff and students who are planning radiation related work, or have questions about radiation safety should in the first instance contact their local RSS. Staff and students are required to comply with the workplace procedures, to report any accidents or incidents and raise any safety, health or security concerns with the RSS. Each individual is responsible for taking reasonably practicable steps to ensure their own safety when working with radiation.