Ionising Radiation Protection

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In-house delivery

UNSW Canberra Professional Education Courses may be available for in-house delivery at your organisation's premises. In-house courses allow maximum attendance without the additional travel costs. Courses can be developed to suit the specific staff development and training needs of your organisation. Recommended for groups of 10 or more.

The course is designed to meet the needs of the Australian work place regarding exposure to ionising radiation, both natural and human-made, in the form of X-rays, gamma-rays, neutrons and electrons.  This course prepares OH&S officers and staff who may be exposed to ionising radiation in the workplace to understand the principles of ionising radiation safety and to implement and monitor relevant safety procedures.  The reference for the course is the Australian Standard AS2243.4-1998. 


This course is presented by Dr Wayne Hutchison and Associate Professor Glen Stewart, together with other colleagues at UNSW Canberra. Between them, Glen and Wayne, have more than 60 years experience in handling radioactive materials and using a range of radiation detectors, usually in conjunction with research methods that exploit the sensitivity of radioactive sources and dilute radioactive probes as a means of investigating the properties of solid state materials at the atomic level. 

Course Information

  • Mathematical tools
  • The atom & radioactive decay
  • Units of measurement of ionising radiation and doses
  • Effects of ionising radiation on the human body
  • Principles of radiation protection
  • Shielding
  • Radiation monitoring devices
  • Control, storage and disposal of radioactive materials
  • Transport of radioactive materials
  • Ionising radiation aspects of tritium
  • X-ray radiation from machines
  • Decontamination principles and procedures
  • The regulatory role of ARPANSA
  • Developing workplace safety plans for ionising radiation.

We offer a five-day course that consists of a series of modules involving lectures, tutorials, laboratory based exercises including the use of radiation monitors, and practical and written tests.  Participants are given comprehensive notes and are trained to fully understand and implement procedures according to the Australian Standard AS2243.4-1998.  The relevant concepts are also revised via simple exercises in introductory lectures at the start of the course.

The five-day course can be modified to meet the specific needs of organisations that encounter ionising radiation in the workplace, e.g. materials testing using X-ray machines; scanning of goods and humans using X-ray, gamma-ray and neutron radiation; monitoring of natural and human-made ionising radiation; irradiation of food using gamma-radiation.

We also offer a shorter 1 – 2 day version of the course for personnel requiring basic ionising radiation awareness, or as a refresher course for those staff who may previously have attended the full 5-day course. 

The course outcomes are to have the participants trained to:

  • Implement ionising radiation safety in the workplace
  • Monitor ionising radiation hazards
  • Maintain records of radiation exposure
  • Implement safe practices in the use, storage, transport and disposal of radioactive materials
  • Implement contingency plans for radiation accidents.

Courses will be held subject to sufficient registrations. UNSW Canberra reserves the right to cancel a course up to five working days prior to commencement of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will have the opportunity to transfer your registration or be issued a full refund. If registrant cancels within 10 days of course commencement, a 50% registration fee will apply. UNSW Canberra is a registered ACT provider under ESOS Act 2000-CRICOS provider Code 00098G.