Ionising Radiation Act, 1972
- Commenced on 1 May 1975
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 1996.]
Part I – Preliminary
1. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the Ionising Radiation Act.
2. InterpretationIn this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—"Board" means the Radiation Protection Board established under section five;"Committee" means the Radioisotope Advisory Committee;"dangerous ionising radiation" means ionising radiation of sufficient intensity as to entail significant risk of disability or disease as a result of exposure;"disease" includes injury and bodily or mental deficiency or abnormality;"exposure" means exposure to ionising radiation from sources both external and internal to the human body or incorporated within the body;"facility" means any assembly of devices, equipment, structures or natural features whether simple or complex which serves some specific purpose or performs some function;"ionising radiation" means electromagnetic or corpuscular radiation capable of producing ions directly or indirectly in its passage through matter;"Radiation Protection Officer" means a radiation protection officer appointed under this Act and includes the Chief Radiation Protection Officer;"radioactive material" means any material emitting ionising radiation of sufficient intensity as to entail significant risk of disability or disease as a result of exposure;"radioisotope" means radionuclide and is applied to any radioactive matter when identifying the significant nuclear species of radioactive atoms present;"workers" include all persons potentially exposed to dangerous ionising radiation or radioactive material as a result of their occupation.
4. ExemptionThe Minister may, on the recommendation and advice of the Board (which may set higher limits for exemption in the case of material known to contain only the less dangerous radionuclides), by statutory order, exempt any material which contains radioactive matter of less than specified limits from the provisions of this Act.
Part II – Radiation Protection Board
5. Establishment of BoardThere is hereby established a Board to be known as the Radiation Protection Board.
6. Composition of Board
7. Tenure of office of members of Board
8. Meetings of Board
10. Minutes of Board meetings to be keptThe Secretary shall cause details of all business transacted at any meeting of the Board to be entered regularly in a minute book kept for that purpose and the minutes of the proceedings of each meeting shall be submitted to the Board for confirmation at a subsequent meeting of the Board and, if passed as correct, shall be confirmed by the signature of the chairman and when so confirmed shall be prima facie evidence in any court as an accurate record of the proceedings.
11. Chairman may act for Board in certain casesThe chairman may, in consultation with the advocate referred to in section six (1) (c) and the Chief Radiation Protection Officer, act for and in lieu of the Board in any matter of urgency but any such action shall be referred to the Board at its next meeting for its information and approval.
12. Recommendations to be made by Board to MinisterSubject to the provisions of this Act, the Board shall make recommendations to the Minister on all matters concerning—
Part III – Radiosotope Advisory Committee
13. Establishment of Radioisotope Advisory CommitteeThere is hereby established a Committee to be known as the Radioisotope Advisory Committee.
14. Composition of Committee
15. Tenure of office of members of Committee
16. Meetings of Committee
17. Minutes of Committee meetings to be keptThe secretary shall cause details of all business transacted at any meeting of the Committee to be entered regularly in a minute book kept for that purpose and the minutes of the proceedings of each meeting shall be submitted to the Committee and, if passed as correct, shall be confirmed by the signature of the chairman and when so confirmed shall be prima facie evidence in any court as an accurate record of the proceedings.
18. Functions of Committee
Part IV – Officers of the Board
19. Appointment of officers of Board
20. Powers of Radiation Protection Officers
Part V – Licences to use sources of radiation
21. Licence to use radioactive material
22. Responsibility of licence holder
Part VI – Radiation Protection Service
23. Radiation Protection Service
Part VII – Miscellaneous provisions
24. Offences and penalties
26. RegulationsThe Minister may, on the advice of the Board, by statutory instrument, make regulations—
History of this document
31 December 1996 this version
01 May 1975
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