Regulations governing ANSTO
ANSTO seeks to engage its regulators in proactive dialogue to ensure continuous improvement in its safety and environmental performance. As a Commonwealth Authority, ANSTO's main statutory duties in relation to Work Health and Safety and Environmental aspects are contained in the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998
Administering the ARPANSA Act, ARPANSA regulates the activies of the Australian Government and its contractors in the use of radiation sources, facilities and nuclear installations. Comcare is the agency responsible for workplace safety, rehabilitation and compensation in the jurisdiction of the Australian Commonwealth Government.
ANSTO's Safety Management System is designed to ensure that ANSTO meets and, where practicable, exceeds requirements laid down in the legislation above. ANSTO's compliance with its statutory health, safety and environmental duties is regulated by two main regulatory bodies.
ANSTO recognises the authority of its regulators but does not rely on them to ensure the safety of its activities. The organisation has established a robust internal process for ensuring compliance with its statutory duties and applies this assurance process to all its activities.
All new licensable activities must be supported by a full justification and risk assessment and be subject to a full internal review and approvals procedure prior to being submitted to the relevant external regulatory body.
ANSTO believes that its activities have the potential to provide significant benefits to Australia, but only if they are achieved in a safe and compliant manner. The organisation seeks to engage its regulators in proactive dialogue to ensure continuous improvement in its safety and environmental performance.
ANSTO also values its accreditation to the ISO14001 standard on environmental management and welcomes the scrutiny and recommendations derived from external auditors to drive continual improvement in its environmental performance.
Deed of Indemnity
For many years now, a Deed of Indemnity between the Commonwealth of Australia and ANSTO has been in place. This agreement provides a guarantee from the Commonwealth Government for full compensation in the unlikely event of any radiation related claims. The deed was most recently amended to include ANSTO Nuclear Medicine Pty Ltd and was extended in April 2016. To view the deed click here.