Ionising radiation

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 :

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.

Radiation protection

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.