Ionising Radiation

Introduction to Electromagnetic Radiation Management

Electromagnetic radiation is used in a variety of teaching and research areas throughout the University. Some types of electromagnetic radiation can affect people’s health and cause damage to property or the environment.

Types of electromagnetic ionising radiation used at the University include:

    • open sources
    • closed sources
    • radiation emitting apparatus

Non-ionising radiation information can be found under Safety Topics on this website.

Some of the compliance requirements for radiation management can be quite complex. The Radiation Risk Management procedures and associated guidance material aim to provide simple, directive guidance on how to achieve compliance in regard to electromagnetic radiation management at the University of Melbourne.

  • Training

    Safe Radiation Practices - Ionising

    This course is designed for staff and students who work with or are exposed to ionising radiation sources. It is anticipated that at the end of this training session participants will be able to:

    • Have an awareness of University and legal requirements for the safe use of ionising radiation.
    • Explain what ionising radiation is and what physical properties it possesses.
    • Implement safe work practices and techniques when working with ionising radiation.

    Training is available via TrainMe. Please discuss with your Department Radiation Safety Officer (DRSO) if this course is appropriate for you.

  • Radiation Safety Certification Program

    Ionising Radiation Laboratories

    Laboratories using ionising radiation require University ionising radiation laboratory certification. The purpose of this certification is to ensure that the laboratory:

    • complies with legal requirements;
    • complies with University requirements; and
    • adopts the radiation protection principles when undertaking ionising radiation activities.

    The program is undertaken as a self-certification process by radiation laboratory staff and/or the DRSO. The University Radiation Safety Advisor audits a sample number of laboratories annually.

    Records of certification are maintained centrally by Health & Safety, University Services. Certification is repeated biennially.

  • Procedures and Guidance Materials

    Plan and Procedures

    Risk assessments

    Ionising RadiationRisk Assessment Form
    Radioactive Material
    (open source)

    Radioactive Material Risk Assessment

    Radiation Aparatus
    (eg x-ray machine)

    Plant Risk Assessment

    Sealed Source Apparatus
    (eg calibration sealed source, moisture gauge)

    Plant Risk Assessment

    Health & Safety Action Plan

    • Where corrective actions are required this template can be used with risk assessment templates without an Health & Safety action plan.
    • See Also Implement on the Management System page.

    Guidance materials

  • Additional information and assistance

    The Electromagnetic Radiation Safety Committee (ERSC) is an advisory committee tasked with considering, reviewing and advising on the development and maintenance of the University of Melbourne’s electromagnetic radiation policies, plans and procedures.The ERSC reports to the Associate Director, Health & Safety, University Services.

    Your local Departmental Radiation Safety Officer can assist with queries about radiation safety and management specific to your department.

    The University Radiation Safety Advisor can provide specialist radiation advice.