This page provides links to websites relating to ionising and non-ionising radiation. HSE is not responsible for and cannot guarantee the accuracy of information on sites that it does not manage and a hyperlink does not mean HSE endorses the linked site.
Ionising radiation - key contacts and organisations
- HSE's Nuclear Safety Directorate is responsible for the enforcement of nuclear sites.
Hazardous Installations Directorate
is responsible for offshore, mines, hazardous processes and explosives.
- HSE's Field Operations Directorate
For all other industrial sectors, HSE enforcement is undertaken by HSE's Field Operations Directorate.
Local authorities will be responsible for the enforcement of any retail outlet where small amounts of ionising radiation may be encountered (eg repairs of luminised watches). There are close working relationships with the following Government Departments and agencies:
- HSE for Northern Ireland
is the lead body responsible for the promotion and enforcement of health and safety at work standards in Northern Ireland
- Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
is responsible for regulating the control of radioactive substances.
- The Environment Agency
enforce the requirements relating to the control of radioactive substances in England and Wales.
- The Scottish Environment Protection Agency
enforce the requirements relating to the control of radioactive substances in Scotland.
and Heritage Service, Northern Ireland
enforce the requirements relating to the control of radioactive substances in Northern Ireland.
- Department of Health
is concerned with the protection of patients undergoing medical exposure to ionising radiation in England.
- The Scottish Executive
is concerned with the protection of patients undergoing medical exposure to ionising radiation in Scotland.
- Welsh Assembly Government
is concerned with the protection of patients undergoing medical exposure to ionising radiation in Wales.
- Memorandum of Understanding
between the Environment Agency and HSE in relation to the regulation of radioactive substances at non-nuclear sites on non-nuclear sites.
- Committee on medical aspects of radiation in the environment (COMARE)
- The International Commission
on Radiological Protection (ICRP)
A well-established non-governmental scientific organisation which has published recommendations for radiation protection for more than 50 years. ICRP has published recommendations on an agreed framework of radiation protection. These are used as a basis for European Directives and their implementation into national legislation.
- Health Protection Agency, Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards, Radiation Protection Division (formerly the National Radiological Protection Board [NRPB])
Conducts research and provides advice and services for protection against ionising and non-ionising radiations.
Non-ionising radiation - key contacts and organisations
- Public Health England
- International Commission for Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP)
- The Department of Health (mobile phones)
- The Mobile Telecommunications Health Research Programme
- Ofcom (The Radiocommunications Agency)
- World Health Organisation
- Institute of Occupational Health, Birmingham