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Radiation Safety Act 1999 – 1 September 2015

Radiation Safety (Radiation Safety Standards) Notice 2010 – 27 August 2010

Radiation Safety Regulation 2010 – 1 October 2016

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A person must not possess a radiation source, unless the person is allowed to possess it under a possession licence. A possession licensee who, under the licence, possesses a radiation source for a radiation practice must ensure the source is not used to carry out the practice unless: the source complies with the relevant radiation safety standard; and if the source is to be used to carry out the practice at premises—the premises comply with the relevant radiation safety standard. A person must not supply a radiation source to another person, unless the other person is a possession licensee for the source and the holder of an approval to acquire the source. The licensee possessing a radiation source for a radiation practice must take reasonable steps to ensure that the health or safety or any person and the environment is not adversely affected by exposure to radiation because of the carrying out of the practice. For the definitions of ‘possess’ and ‘radiation source’, refer to Schedule 2 of the Act. For the definition of ‘radiation practice’, refer to section 11 of the Act.

  • Sections 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 33, 34, 34A, 34B, 34F, 34G, 34H, 34I, 34J, 34K, 34L, 34M, 34Q, 34R, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 42, 43, 44, 44A, 44B, 45, 48, 49, 51, 53, 55, 57, 59, 60, 62, 63, 74, 75, 102, 210, Schedule 2; Regulations 9, 10, 13, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 35, 42, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, 60, 61, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 88, Schedule 5

A person must not use a radiation source, unless the person is allowed to use it under a use licence. For the definition of ‘use’, refer to section 9 of the Act. A use licensee who, under the licence, uses a radiation source to carry out a diagnostic or therapeutic procedure involving the irradiation of a person must not carry out the procedure unless the licensee reasonably believes the diagnostic procedure has been requested, or the therapeutic procedure has been prescribed, by an authorised person. For a listing of ‘authorised persons’, refer to Schedule 6 of the Radiation Safety Regulation 2010. For the definitions of ‘request’ and ‘prescribe’, refer to Schedule 2 of the Act.

  • Sections 7, 9, 10, 13, 41, 47A, 48, 49, 51, 54, 62, 63, 74, 75, 102, Schedule 2; Regulations 10, 13, 53, 55, 57, 60, 63, 64, 66, 67, 88, Schedule 6

The government may make radiation safety standards about: radiation sources in relation to the carrying out of radiation practices; the sealing of radioactive substances; sealed source apparatus; premises at which radiation sources are used to carry out radiation practices; or premises at which radioactive substances are stored. For the documents which have be made radiation safety standards, refer to the Schedule of the Radiation Safety (Radiation Safety Standards) Notice 2010.

  • Section 16; Provision 2, Schedule of the Radiation Safety (Radiation Safety Standards) Notice 2010

A person must not dispose of radioactive material, unless: the concentration or activity of a radionuclide in the material is not more than the maximum concentration or activity prescribed under a regulation; or the person is the holder of an approval to dispose of the material and disposes of it as required under the approval. A person who disposes of a radiation apparatus must give the government written notice of the disposal within 7 days after the disposal. For the definition of ‘dispose’, refer to Schedule 2 of the Act.

  • Sections 7, 26, 27, 27A, 48, 49, 51, 58, 62, 63, 74, 75, 102, Schedule 2; Regulations 10, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 88

A person must not prescribe for another person a therapeutic procedure, or request for another person a diagnostic procedure, involving the irradiation of the other person, unless the first person is authorised to do so under a regulation. For a listing of ‘authorised persons’, refer to Schedule 6 of the Radiation Safety Regulation 2010.

  • Section 41; Regulations 53, 55, 57, 60, 63, 64; Schedule 6

A person must not possess, supply or use a radiation source that is prescribed under a regulation to be a banned radiation source. Pursuant to regulation 64A of the Radiation Safety Regulation 2010, a relevant solarium is prescribed as a banned radiation source.

  • Sections 47, 50A; Regulation 64A

The Radiation Advisory Council is established and has the functions set out in section 162 of the Act, including: examining, and making recommendations to the Minister about the operation and application of this Act; proposed amendments of this Act; radiation safety standards; issues relating to radiation; research into radiation practices carried out, and the transport of radioactive materials, in the State.

  • Sections 161, 162

If a court convicts a person of an offence against this Act, the court may order the person to pay to another person who, because of the commission of the offence has suffered loss or damage to property, an amount of compensation it considers appropriate for the loss or damage suffered.

  • Sections 201, 203
Reason for law

To protect persons and the environment from the harmful effects of particular sources of ionising radiation and harmful non-ionising radiation. (Section 4)

Relevant links

Radiation Health Unit, Health Protection Branch [Queensland Health]
Register of holders of licences and certificates

Radiation Safety [Department of Industry, Innovation and Science]

Australian Radiation Protection and Nucleur Safety Agency

Radiation Safety User Group Qld

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