Radiation Apparatus

Requirements for researchers using radiation apparatus at UNSW:

  • X-ray equipment used or intended to be used for medical, veterinary or dental purposes must be inspected and issued with a certificate of compliance by an EPA accredited Consulting Radiation Expert in accordance with the EPA Radiation Guideline 6.
  • X-ray equipment and its location must be assessed by the Radiation Safety Committee and recommended to the DVC(R) for registration with the EPA prior to starting work.
  • X-ray equipment may only be used by, or under the supervision of, a person with an appropriate EPA user licence and supervising condition attached.

 

Registration

In accordance with the NSW Radiation Control Regulations 2013, all radiation apparatus must be registered with the EPA under a Radiation Management Licence. At UNSW, custodians of X-ray equipment must submit the registration application to the Radiation Safety Committee for review and recommendation to the DVC(R) for registration with the EPA. 

Projects involving the use of already approved equipment do not require separate approval however X-ray machines may only be used by, or under the supervision of, a person with an appropriate user licence.

Compliance certification for diagnostic imaging apparatus used in medical, veterinary or dental purposes

If your X-ray equipment is to be used or intended to be used for medical, veterinary or dental purposes, it must be inspected by an external EPA accredited Consulting Radiation Expert and issued with a certificate of compliance. A list of EPA accredited Consulting Radiation Expert can be found on the EPA website

Refer to the below documents for registration requirements & industry best practice.

The certificate of compliance must be obtained:

  • before the apparatus is registered with the Regulator, or
  • within 2 years of the anniversaryof initial compliance certification - for mammography apparatus, fluoroscopy apparatus, computed tomography apparatus, and for apparatus that may be used for both fluoroscopy and radiography, or
  • within 5 years of initial certification - for dental radiography apparatus, radiography apparatus, and bone mineral density apparatus, or
  • if modifications have been made that affect the compliance of the apparatus with the requirements of the EPA Radiation Guideline 6, or
  • if the apparatus has been relocated and reassembled, or
  • where the purpose for which the apparatus is used has changed, or
  • in addition, in the case of mammography apparatus, an annual certificate is required in relation to mean glandular dose requirements or following any service or modification that may affect patient dose.

Training and Licensing

It is expected that each X-ray equipment has a dedicated custodian who:
  • holds an EPA user licence for the type of equipment that they're responsible for with GE1 conditions that would enable them to grant Exemption to non-licensed users.
  • is in the position to give induction training of safe work practices to new and non-licensed users.

Depending on which X-ray equipment you're working with, the EPA user licence type may varry. Some of the common licence types and their associated EPA-certified training course are:

How to apply for an EPA user licence
  1. Complete the online module Level 1: Introduction to Radiation Safety @ UNSW by following enrolment instructions below.

Staff

Go to myUNSW. Search by Course Number: HSERD1 in training registration. There's a 24-hr delay from registration to course upload to Moodle. If you still can't see the course in Moodle after 24hrs, email us.  

Student

 Enrol here. Online enrolments are processed on a Friday by 2pm. The courses are then accessible on Monday through Moodle

             2. Attend an EPA-certified training course for the type of equipment
 
             3. Obtain an EPA user licence for the type of equipment. 


How to work with X-ray equipment under exemption:

  1. complete the online module Level 1: Introduction to Radiation Safety @ UNSW by following enrolment instructions below.

Staff

Go to myUNSW. Search by Course Number: HSERD1 in training registration. There's a 24-hr delay from registration to course upload to Moodle. If you still can't see the course in Moodle after 24hrs, email us.  

Student

 Enrol here. Online enrolments are processed on a Friday by 2pm. The courses are then accessible on Monday through Moodle

            2. receive operational training by the apparatus' custodian

            3. receive an exemption written by a GE1 licence holder who either provides direct supervision or assigns supervision to another licensee who is deemed competent by the GE1 licence holder in accordance with the EPA exemption criteria.

Monitoring

Disposal, Receipt and Transfer

Custodian of X-ray equipment must contact radiationsafety@unsw.edu.au as soon as they want to:
  • dispose of
  • receive from another licensed user
  • transfer to another licensed user
an X-ray equipment. This would allow the Radiation Safety Committee to notify the Authority changes to UNSW's Radiation Management Licence.