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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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Forum on the development of the ELF standard

ARPANSA hosted a forum on 20th February 2008 to discuss the development of a standard on the effects of electromagnetic radiation. Presentations are available here.

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ARPANSA - Radiation Protection Standard for Maximum Exposure Levels to RF - 3 kHz to 300 GHz (2002)

This standard specifies limits of human exposure to radiofrequecy fields in the range 3kHz to 300GHz to prevent adverse effects. It specifies basic restrictions for occupational exposure, general public exposure, and equipment and usage parameters. Also contains links to supporting documents.

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ARPANSA - Frequently Asked Questions - Exposure from ultraviolet radiation

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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ARPANSA - Hot Topics - Smart Meters

Advice on whether smart meters are associated with health effects

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ARPANSA - Organisational Structure

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency is a Federal Government agency charged with responsibility for protecting the health and safety of people, and the environment, from the harmful effects of radiation (ionizing and non-ionizing).

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ARPANSA - ELF Magnetic Field Meter Hire

The magnetic field meter is a hand held device with a digital diplay which reads in units called milligauss. It is used for measuring magnetic fields generated by the passage of mains electricity.

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ARPANSA - Workshop on Recent Advances in Absorbed Dose Standards

The principle focus of the AbsDos 2003 Workshop was on calorimetric absorbed dose standards, but other types of absorbed dose standards and other closely related matters were also discussed. A significant emphasis was given to uncertainty assessments.

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ARPANSA - Radiation Health Committee

The roles and membership of the Radiation Health Committee is outlined. Summaries of committee meetings are attached.

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ARPANSA - Radioactive Waste Safety

Defines radiaoactive waste and informs about radioactive waste in the Australian context.

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ARPANSA - NSB Annual and Quarterly Reports

Reports to the Minister of the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care regarding the Nuclear Safety Bureau's performance.

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