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HSE consults on new safety standards directive

7 March, 2017

The Health and Safety Executive is consulting on changes to the Ionising Radiation Regulations 1999 (IRR1999), the majority of which are brought in by the implementation of the EU Basic Safety Standards Directive (BSSD).

The changes consist of:

1. Dose Limit for exposure to the lens of the eye and implementation of the Directive – the Directive introduces a reduction of equivalent dose from 150 mSv to 20 mSv in a year. Currently exposure to ionising radiation is calculated and assessed on a calendar year basis, this would require individual dose limits to be re-calculated for the remainder of the year. HSE propose to transpose the BSSD early, on 1 January 2018, to avoid confusion and any additional cost burden to businesses.

2. Graded Approach - introduction of a new three tiered risk-based system of regulatory control. The Directive refers to these levels as notification, registration, and licensing -  the higher the radiation protection risk associated with the work, the greater the requirements. It requires HSE to have in place a positive system of authorisation whereby permission is granted to dutyholders for higher risk activities through registration and licensing.

If members have any comments which they wish to be included in the Society’s response, contact before 28 March.

Read the consultation document.

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