Licences to use radiation for non-medical purposes

Licences may be granted for the following non-medical purposes:

  • veterinary – including diagnosis, therapy and diagnosis involving radioactive material
  • industrial – including industrial radiography, industrial gauging, x-ray analysis, smoke detection, static elimination, industrial processing, electron beam welding, use of nuclear density meters, waste conditioning, quality control and safety testing, x-ray security and inspection, x-ray fluorescence, inspection (particle accelerators) and glass manufacture
  • scientific – including pathology tests, scientific practice, use of research particle accelerators, scientific practice with vets
  • regulatory – including compliance monitoring and emergency response
  • general – including demonstration and education, installation and servicing.

Cores of knowledge set out the basic level of radiation safety knowledge an applicant must demonstrate to be granted a licence. They are available for:

The Office of Radiation Safety has recognised the following courses for the delivery of training requirements:

Licensee Training for use of Industrial Gauges containing Radioactive Sources
National Isotope Centre
Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Ltd
Contact: Gavin Wallace

NDM Training Course
Civiltrain (NZ) Ltd
Contact: Stuart Moulding

NDM Training Course
Groundtest Equipment
Contact: Richard Burden

Radiation Safety for the NZ Civil Engineering Industry
Geotechnics Ltd
Contact: Brigitte Sargent

Safe Handling of Radioisotopes in Biological Laboratories
Auckland University
Contact: David Jenkins

X-ray inspection systems based on accelerator technology
National Isotope Centre
Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Ltd
Contact: Gavin Wallace

X-ray security and inspection systems
National Isotope Centre
Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Ltd
Contact: Gavin Wallace

Industrial Processing (Sealed Source Irradiators)
National Isotope Centre
Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Ltd
Contact: Gavin Wallace

Radiation Safety for the NZ Civil Engineering Industry – correspondence course
Geotechnics Ltd
Contact: Brigitte Sargent

Service engineers radiation safety training
Department of Medical Physics & Bioengineering, Christchurch Hospital
Contact: Steven Muir

XRF and XRD x-ray analytical equipment
Cleveland, P O Box 58-342, Botany, Auckland
Contact: Tim Kinnersley

Industrial gauges
Institute for Environmental Science and Research
Contact: Marilen Espinoza

Please contact the Office of Radiation Safety for further information about the approval of training courses.

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