The Environmental Protection Authority South Australia (EPA) is seeking feedback on Draft Radiation Protection and Control Regulations 2022 published under the Radiation Protection and Control Act 2021 and draft EPA Codes of Compliance.
The EPA enables the use of radiation, while ensuring people and the environment are adequately protected. The EPA’s objectives are to facilitate the benefits of safe and justified uses of radiation, with social and intergenerational equity, while controlling radiation sources against misuse that may harm people or the environment. The EPA authorises, regulates, monitors and advises on radiation use in South Australia, to achieve these objectives.
A new Radiation Protection and Control Act 2021 (Act) was assented to on 11 February 2021 and will come into operation on or before 11 February 2023. Before the new Act can commence, new regulations are required to support its implementation.
The new Act introduces several changes to the way radiation safety is regulated, many of which are given more specific meaning through the draft regulations, codes of compliance and fees. The changes include:
- greater national uniformity
- opportunity for consolidation of authorisations
- creating offences for causing harm
- setting new penalties
- introducing order-making powers
This is a significant opportunity to reform the way in which radiation safety is managed in South Australia and the EPA is keen to engage with radiation businesses, their employees, licensees, professional bodies, industry organisations and the community, to ensure all practical and viable policy options are considered. The EPA is particularly interested in views about the expected impacts of the proposed changes and any relevant industry codes and standards to be considered, including the Code of Practice and Safety Guide: Radiation Protection in Veterinary Medicine: https://www.arpansa.gov.au/sites/default/files/legacy/pubs/rps/rps17.pdf.
The EPA is also interested to hear about the impacts of the proposed changes, and any further opportunities for innovation.
Further details and copies of the draft documents can be viewed and downloaded from the EPA’s website: https://engage.epa.sa.gov.au/rpcact2021.
Direct links to the Draft Radiation Protection and Control Regulations 2022 and Medical Veterinary and Draft Chiropractic X-Ray Apparatus Code of Compliance are included below:
Draft Radiation Protection and Control Regulations 2022
Draft Chiropractic X-Ray Apparatus Code of Compliance
Feedback can be provided to the EPA by completing the form provided on the above linked website, by uploading submissions to the website, or by sending it to EPA.email@example.com by 26 July 2022.