IRS has a team of highly experienced RWAs, who can help you to fulfil all the Environmental Permitting (England & Wales) Regulations (EPR) 2010/2011 and the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 (RSA93) in Scotland. All our RWAs are accredited RPAs and also recognised as Clinical Scientists by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), who regulate standards of professional support to healthcare.
The Environment Agencies (EAs) in the UK require anyone who is permitted or authorised to accumulate or dispose of radioactive waste to appoint an RWA. If your organisation has a permit issued under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 (EPR2010) and it’s 2011 amendment, or an authorisation issued under the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 (RSA93), which remains in force in Scotland, then you are required to appoint an RWA.
IRS has a team of certificated RWAs, recognised by the UK RWA Approval Board in fulfilment of the requirements of Article 38 of the European Basic Safety Standards Directive (96129/EURATOM), as specified in EPR 2010. Furthermore, IRS presently provides expert advice to several large Trust hospitals with a total administered radioisotope activity of approximately 9.0 TBq. Resultantly, IRS employs the knowledge, manpower and experience to act professionally and competently to meet all your RWA needs.
IRS RWAs are available for consultation by telephone, fax, video conference, email or pre-arranged visit at any timeduring normal working hours (Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm). After hours service can also be provided, if required.
IRS, as your RWA must be consulted regarding the following matters:
- Achieving and maintaining an optimal level of protection of the environment and the population,
- Checking the effectiveness of technical devices for protecting the environment and the population,
- Acceptance into service, from the point of view of surveillance of radiation protection, of equipment and procedures for measuring and assessing, as appropriate, exposure and radioactive contamination of the environment and the population,
- Regular calibration of measuring instruments and regular checking that they are serviceable and correctly used.
IRS RWAs will also assist in the following areas of radioactive material and waste environmental compliance:
- Permits (as required by EPR2010 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland),
- Authorisations (as required by RSA93 in Scotland),
- Environmental discharge and radiological assessments (using latest standards and models).
- Best Available Techniques (BAT), Best Practicable Environmental Options (BPEO) and Management assessments and procedures,
- Radioactive source security including High Activity Sealed Sources.
*Where a permit is only issued in respect of sealed sources or an organisation is exempt from permitting then an RWA is not legally required. However, it is considered good practice to consult with an RWA as and when required.