Many service providers provide important support services to the radiation sector. In some cases those service providers are involved in the use of ionising radiation and must therefore obtain a licence. In other cases the services provided do not require providers to obtain a licence. In this section you will learn the requirements for service providers.
Installing and servicing radiation equipment
Owners and users of ionising radiation must ensure that equipment is properly installed and regularly serviced by appropriately qualified personnel. This obligation is outlined in the relevant code of safe practice issued by the Office of Radiation Safety.
The installation and servicing of equipment involves the use of that equipment. This means that installation and servicing engineers must obtain a user licence.
Calibrating radiation measuring equipment
Equipment that is used to measure radiation must be calibrated regularly to ensure it is accurate.
Equipment that is likely to need calibration includes:
- diagnostic x-ray dosemeters
- non-invasive kVp meters
- radiation survey meters
- radiotherapy dosemeters.
Codes of practice will require persons or organisations that manage or control radiation sources to ensure that equipment used to measure radiation remains accurate and is calibrated at specified frequencies.
Personal dosimetry services
Personal dosimetry services measure the occupational radiation dose absorbed by people who are exposed to ionising radiation in the course of their work.
Codes of practice will specify those occupationally exposed persons who must be monitored and will require owners to only use services that return dosimetry results in a timely manner and are otherwise approved by the Director.
The Director is going through the process of approving existing service providers and details of approvals will be provided on this page as soon as that process is complete.