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Monitor radiation sources

22 November 2023

UC uses radioactive sources and irradiating apparatus for research and teaching. As the managing entity, we have the primary obligation to make sure we comply with relevant safety and compliance legislation. Learn more about how we monitor radiation sources at UC.


The Radiation Safety Act 2016 is the framework that protects people from the harmful effects of radiation. The Radiation Safety Act requires radiation sources to be licenced.

There are two types of licence:

  1. Source licence, held by the managing entity
  2. Use licence, held by individual users, required for more harmful sources

The Radiation Safety Act 2016 prescribes mandatory codes of practise, including:

The University of Canterbury has appointed a Radiation Safety Officer, who has oversight of radiation safety. The Radiation Safety Officer maintains the Radiation Safety Protocol, that describes the hierarchy of management for radiation safety. Schools at The University of Canterbury that use radiation sources operate under a School Radiation Safety Plan, maintained by a School Radiation Safety Officer. The Radiation Safety Plan includes detail on:

  • People with relevant accountabilities and responsibilities
  • People who are authorised to use radiation sources with and without supervision
  • A register of radiation sources
  • The safety plan for radiation management and use
  • The security plan
  • Emergency procedures
  • Health monitoring
  • Radiation monitoring and audit

If you have any queries relating to Radiation Management please email the Health and Safety team.

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