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ARPANSA – Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) is the Australian Government’s primary authority on radiation protection and nuclear safety.

ARPANSA regulates Commonwealth entities using radiation with the objective of protecting people and the environment from the harmful effect of radiation. They undertake research, provide services, and promote national uniformity and the implementation of international best practice across all jurisdictions.
 
ARPANSA deals with both ionising and non-ionising radiation. Common sources of ionising radiation include x-rays, CT scans and naturally occurring radioactive materials. Common sources of non-ionising radiation include the Sun, mobile phones, base stations and power lines.
 
ARPANSA does this by:
 
  • providing information to the public, industry and workers, as well as advising the Government and others on issues related to radiation protection and nuclear safety
  • building and maintaining expertise in the assessment of health impacts, including the measurement and understanding of radiation
  • using licensing powers and working with Commonwealth entities to ensure the safety of the radiation facilities and sources operated by them
  • undertaking research and development in radiation protection and nuclear safety and providing high quality scientific services
  • leading the development of standards, codes of practice, guidelines and other relevant material to support radiation protection and nuclear safety throughout Australia, and
  • representing Australia and our community’s interests by playing a role in the activities of relevant national and international organisations.

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Exposure from ultraviolet radiation frequently asked questions | ARPANSA

A series of questions and answers about ultraviolet radiation, including from the sun, and how you can protect yourself from their harmful effects.

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Predisposal management of radioactive waste | ARPANSA

Predisposal management of radioactive waste refers to the management of radioactive waste, from its generation up to its disposal, applying various processes.

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Testing and calibration | ARPANSA

We offer a range of testing and calibration services.

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Solar eclipse and health | ARPANSA

Direct viewing of a full or partial solar eclipse can cause permanent eye damage. ARPANSA recommends viewing an eclipse using indirect methods.

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Sun protection using sunglasses | ARPANSA

There is well established evidence that exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun can lead to eye damage. Sunglasses are an effective method of sun protection when used with a combination of other protective measures.

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Japan advisory - radiation levels in Japan | ARPANSA

The radiation levels in most parts of Japan, including Tokyo, are within the normal range of background radiation.

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The Australian National Radiation Dose Register | ARPANSA

The Australian National Radiation Dose Register (ANRDR) records and stores radiation doses received by individuals in the course of their employment.

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Monitoring | ARPANSA

We offer monitoring services for people who work with radiation and the general public.

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Sunglass testing | ARPANSA

We test all common types of sunglass lenses and issue test reports to the Australian standard AS/NZS 1067.

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Japan advisory - ocean contamination | ARPANSA

There have been no detections of radioactive materials from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Australian waters.[[{"fid":6751,"view_mode":"default",

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