The Radiation Safety Act 1975 and associated regulations impose a number of restrictions for the use of:
- Radioactive substances and materials – liquid or solid e.g. isotopes
- Irradiating Equipment:
- High powered lasers, X-ray or neutron apparatus e.g. DEXA, pQCT, XCT
- UV transilluminators
All such substances and instruments must be registered, and most can only be used under the supervision of a suitably qualified, trained individual with an appropriate Western Australian (WA) government issued licence. Suitably qualified licence holders must supervise the day-to-day radiation safety aspects of every radiation activity.
Staff and students who are planning radiation related work or have questions about radiation safety should in the first instance contact the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). Staff and students are required to comply with the workplace procedures, to report any incidents and raise any safety, health or security concerns with the RSO and Supervisor. Each individual is responsible for taking reasonably practicable steps to ensure their own health and safety when working with radiation.
The University RSO is responsible for instituting and maintaining a system of radiation safety at the University. This system is monitored by the RBHSC. The University RSO can offer assistance and advice on all matters related to radiation safety including registration and licencing requirements.