Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017 (IRR17) came into force on 1 January 2018 and replaced Regulations IRR99. For more information go to the draft Approved Code of Practice and guidance.
The main changes are :
- how you tell HSE that you work with ionising radiation
- the dose limit for exposure to the lens of the eye - reduced from 150mSv to 20mSv in a year
What ionising radiation is
Ionising radiations occurs as either electromagnetic rays (such as X-rays and gamma rays) or particles (such as alpha and beta particles). It occurs naturally (eg radon gas) but can also be produced artificially.
Ionising radiation notifications
You'll need to provide information to HSE:
- before working with ionising radiation and following certain occurrences
- regarding the keeping of very large quantities of certain radioactive substances on premises
- following certain incidents involving irradiators or industrial radiography equipment
Revision of the Basic Safety Standards for Radiological Protection Directive (BSS)
The European Commission (EC) has brought forward a formal proposal for a new Basic Safety Standards Directive that brings together and consolidates five existing EURATOM Directives. This is currently under negotiation.