HSE Statement on Radiation Protection Advisers

The HSE is updating its radiation protection adviser (RPA) statement and wants to hear about any impact this change will have on businesses.

HSE’s RPA statement covers any individual or body that may be consulted or appointed by an employer as an RPA to give advice on compliance with the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17) and/or the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2019 (REPPIR19). The purpose of recognition is to give employers confidence that any person or body recognised as an RPA has essential competence to give advice on compliance with IRR17 and REPPIR19.

In summary, the main changes are:

  • Updating references to regulations and procedures.

  • Introducing the requirement that advice on compliance with IRR17 (and REPPIR19 where relevant) provided to the employer(s) by the individual should form most of the evidence required for the recognition or review of their competence to act as an RPA.

  • Ensuring that any assessing body should consider any information brought to their attention where advice provided by the RPA has directly resulted in non-compliance with IRR17 or REPPIR19 in the view of the relevant regulator.

The revised statement can be found here; the survey is available here.

HSE March 2021

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