Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Radioactive substances are used in some industries, including the medical industry and some manufacturing activities. There are legal controls on keeping and using radioactive materials and accumulating and disposing of radioactive waste. These aim to protect people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation.
The regulation of radioactive substances and waste has changed in Scotland as of 1 September 2018. A new structure for permitting has been introduced. NetRegs will be updated in the very near future, but in the meantime you can access information on the SEPA website.
If your business keeps or uses radioactive material, or accumulates or disposes of radioactive waste you must work out if the materials you use:
Many common uses for radioactive substances will be out of scope of the regulations, or will be covered by an exemption.
This guide is intended for users of radioactive substances on non-nuclear sites. It is not intended for radioactive waste disposal sites, underground storage or disposal facilities, or nuclear licensed sites (such as nuclear power stations).
It outlines what radioactive substances are, how to decide if you are out of scope, exempt, or if you need to apply for a certificate of registration or authorisation. It also outlines the conditions required for an exemption, and what you must do to comply with your certificate of registration or authorisation should you need one.
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