TRANSPORT OF RADIOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

The transport of radioactive substances within Western Australia must comply with the requirements of the Radiation Safety Act, the Radiation Safety (General) Regulations and the Radiation Safety (Transport of Radioactive Substances) Regulations.

The Regulations require compliance with the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency [external website] Code of Practice for safe transport of radioactive material, and the International Atomic Energy Agency [external website] Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Materials, which also forms part of the Code.

 

Radiation Protection Programme

Any company transporting radioactive substances must prepare a radiation protection programme in accordance with Regulation 5 of the Radiation Safety (Transport of Radioactive Substances) Regulations. Guidance material on the preparation of the Radiation Protection Programme is available from the International Atomic Energy Agency [external website] —

 

Licensing

Persons transporting radioactive substances must either hold a licence under the Radiation Safety Act for the transport of radioactive substances or alternatively work under the direction and supervision of a licensee. A person who holds a licence for the use of a particular radioactive substances may also transport that substance. The licensee must ensure that anyone working under their direction and supervision has been appropriately instructed and is familiar with both the regulations and basic radiation safety practices in handling packages or containers of radioactive substances.

Should you engage any company for the transport of radioactive substances within Western Australia you will need to ensure that the company has a licensee for this purpose.

To apply for a licence, you will need to complete and submit a licence application form [PDF 30 kb]. To be eligible for the licence, you will first need to attend and pass a recognised transport course and examination.

 

Registration and Storage Requirements

Storage of radioactive substances must comply with Regulation 30 of the Radiation Safety (General) Regulations. Should radioactive substances be stored on any premises for greater than 24 hours while the consignment is in transit, the premises must be registered under the Radiation Safety Act. Regulation 28A(1) of the Radiation Safety (General) Regulations provides an exemption from the requirement from the need for registration where —

  • radioactive substances are stored at the premises only while they are being transported between 2 other premises;
  • each package containing a radioactive substance is stored on the premises for 24 hours or less; AND
  • packages containing radioactive substances are, at all times while they are on the premises, kept under the control of a person who holds a licence for the storage or transport of radioactive substances and in a part of the premises to which the public does not have access.

Should you need to make an application for registration, you will need to complete and submit a registration application form [PDF 52 kb].

 

Further Information

 

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Page last revised: 22 May 2012