Notifying appointment of a radiation safety officer

Who can be appointed as a radiation safety officer?

The responsibility for designing, implementing and monitoring the effectiveness of the radiation management plan lies with the appointed radiation safety officer.

The radiation safety officer requires a working knowledge of mine practices specific to their site, and experience in implementing the monitoring and reporting requirements as stipulated in the site’s radiation management plan. The radiation safety officer should work with the person responsible for occupational hygiene to ensure the radiation management plan is aligned with the site’s risk-based hygiene management plan (RBHMP).

To be appointed as a radiation safety officer, the State Mining Engineer will assess the suitability of the proposed appointee based on:

  • tertiary qualification(s) in a relevant science discipline or occupational hygiene considered by the State Mining Engineer to be adequate
  • surface ventilation officer qualification if sampling for and assessing atmospheric contaminants
  • relevant experience to implement the operation’s radiation management plan.

Membership of a specialist association such as the Australasian Radiation Protection Society (ARPS) or Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH) is regarded favourably.

It is recommended that the proposed appointee completes an appropriate radiation safety course before the proposed appointment is submitted to the State Mining Engineer for consideration.

The ability to perform appropriate statistical analyses will be required for appointments to large, long-term projects that generate substantial quantities of data. This expertise may not be required for smaller scale operations (e.g. exploration) where radiation exposures are expected to be reasonably low.

Note: If an external consultant is proposed for appointment as a radiation safety officer, there should be an agreement in place to demonstrate to the State Mining Engineer that the consultant will be engaged on a regular basis to inspect the site and is able to fulfil the requirements of the site’s radiation management plan.

The appointment of a radiation safety officer cannot be confirmed until the nomination has been accepted by both the State Mining Engineer and the Radiological Council.

How do I nominate a radiation safety officer for appoinment?

Nominations are to be submitted to the Department using the Notification of nomination for appointment of radiation safety officer form.

Please ensure to attach the qualifications and evidence of experience supporting the application.

Completed forms are to be sent to MinesSafety@dmirs.wa.gov.au

Notification of nomination for appointment of radiation safety officer - 33 Kb

This form is used to seek approval of nomination for appointment of radiation safety officer

Who is responsible for the notification?

The principal employer or registered manager can notify the department of a statutory appointment, or a person acting on their behalf.

A Company Administrator (CA) or a Company Representative can enter information into SRS. The CA can assign the role of Company Representative to any person required to notify appointments.

A copy of the signed letter of appointment must be kept in the mine record book.

Notification of appointments must be submitted online using the Notifications sub-system in the Safety Regulation System (SRS)

The principal employer or registered manager can notify the department of a statutory appointment, or a person acting on their behalf.

A Company Administrator (CA) or a Company Representative can enter information into SRS. The CA can assign the role of Company Representative to any person required to notify appointments.

The completed and signed appointment letter needs to be attached to the notification of appointment in SRS.

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To contact the relevant inspectorate office for more information on the recommended attributes for a radiation safety officer, use Regional inspectorate boundaries for mining operations.

Contact

For enquiries please contact an inspector of mines
Phone: 1800SAFEMINE (1800 7233 6463)
Email: MinesSafety@dmirs.wa.gov.au