Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Radioactive substances
Recently Added Legislation
Current Legislation

This page provides links to the full text of key pieces of Radioactive Substances environmental legislation that may affect your business in Scotland. The websites hosting the legislation may list amendments separately.

Recently added legislation can be found at the foot of the page.

If you are setting up an environmental management system (EMS) for your business, you can use this list to start compiling your legal register. Your legal adviser or environmental consultant will be able to tell you if other environmental legislation applies to your specific business.

Environmental management systems and environmental reports

Radioactive Material (Road Transport) Act 1991

Sets out measures to regulate the transport of radioactive material by road including prohibitions, enforcement and offences.

Radioactive Substances Act 1993

Sets out measures to regulate the use and disposal of radioactive substances including registration, authorisation, enforcement and offences.

Radioactive Substances Act 1993 Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2011 SSI 207

Amends the definition of radioactive material and radioactive waste in the 1993 Act. Removes some of the provisions relating to clocks and watches.

Radioactive Substances (Appeals) Regulations 1990 SI 2504

Outlines procedures for making appeals to the Secretary of State against decisions made by the chief inspector on registration and authorisation applications.

Radioactive Substances (Basic Safety Sandards) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 SSI 100

Sets out basic safety standards for disposing of or accumulating radioactive waste from clocks or watches.

Radioactive Substances Exemption (Scotland) Order 2011

Removes the 21 exemption orders made under the 1993 and 1960 Radioactive Substances Acts and replaces them with a single exemption order. Some types of clocks and watches that contain radium are no longer exempt.

Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2011 SSI 226

Enables the partial suspension, revocation, transfer and surrender of site licences, and allows licences held by the same person to be consolidated if they cover the same site or more than one mobile plant.

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