You require this licence if you wish to possess radiation apparatus or radioactive substances in Queensland.
Refer to the Radiation Safety Act Schedule 2 for the terms Radiation Source, Radioactive Material, Radioactive Substance, Radiation Apparatus. Also refer to the Radiation Safety Regulation Sections 4, 5, 6 & 7.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
Definition of terms
- Ionising radiation
electromagnetic or particulate radiation capable of producing ions, but does not include electromagnetic radiation of a wavelength greater than 100 nanometres.
- Non-ionising radiation
electromagnetic radiation of a wavelength greater than 100 nanometres or sonic radiation.
- Radiation apparatus
an apparatus that
when energised, emits an amount of ionising radiation higher than 1 microgray per hour measured at a distance of 10cm from any accessible surface of the apparatus, or
would, if assembled or repaired, and when energised be capable of emitting an amount of ionising radiation higher than 1 microgray per hour measured at a distance of 10cm from any accessible surface of the apparatus, or
when energised emits an amount of non ionising radiation in excess of the accessible emission limit for a class 3B laser as stated in, and measured in accordance with, Australian Standard AS2211, or
would, if assembled or repaired, and when energised be capable of emitting an amount of non ionising radiation in excess of the accessible emission limit for a class 3B laser as stated in, and measured in accordance with, Australian Standard AS2211.
- Radioactive substance
a radioactive material, whether or not it is sealed,
containing more than the concentration or activity of a radionuclide prescribed under a regulation, or
prescribed under a regulation to be a radioactive substance.
What are the prerequisites to obtaining this authority?
You should contact Radiation Health to obtain information on the requirements as they relate to the specific type of application you intend to make.
This licence cannot be transferred.
A licence remains in effect for the period stated on the licence, but not greater than three years.
You can obtain information on fees from the agency.
You can obtain this licence by contacting Radiation Health to determine the most appropriate application form. The completed application can then be submitted to the Radiation Health Unit.
Additional documentation will be necessary. Please discuss your proposed application with Radiation Health prior to submitting the application.
The operation must comply with relevant safety related requirements which may be site and practice specific. These may refer to Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency or National Health and Medical Research Council codes, or Australian or International standards. There are also requirements in relation to training of staff, administrative procedures, approval of facilities, equipment, etc.
You should seek the advice of Radiation Health.
Health Protection Unit
Radiation Health Unit
Radiation Safety Act 1999 (Queensland)
Radiation Safety Regulation 2010 (Queensland)
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