Actions Completed by ARPANSA in Response to Independent Safety Review

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From: Sun Shine

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Dear Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency,

I am seeking access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) to actions completed by ARPANSA in response to R29 of last year's independent safety review.

In response to a number of recent safety incidents, an independent review was conducted at ANSTO in 2018. The results of this review were documented in "INDEPENDENT SAFETY REVIEW OF THE ANSTO HEALTH APPROACH TO OCCUPATIONAL RADIATION SAFETY AND OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES" dated October 2018. It resulted in the identification of 85 recommendations; a small number of which apply to the regulator ARPANSA.

One of the recommendations deals with the lack of clarity surrounding licence conditions. R29 states "Both ARPANSA and ANSTO should develop documentation that offers guidance on the interpretation and implementation of ARPANSA Licence Conditions and which take due cognisance of the suite of documents available through international bodies such as IAEA, WENRA and relevant good international regulatory practice e.g. UK, France, US, etc.".

Request information regarding actions that have been completed since October of 2018 to address this recommendation.

Yours faithfully,
Anonymous

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Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

Dear Sun Shine

I acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information Request below dated 31 July 2019 seeking access to:

"information regarding actions that have been completed since October 2018 to address recommendation 29 of ANSTO Independent Safety Review."

ARPANSA received your request on 31 July 2019 and the 30 day statutory period for processing your request commenced from the day after that date. You should therefore expect a decision from me by 30 August 2019. The period of 30 days may be extended if I need to consult third parties or for other reasons. I will advise you if this happens.

Kind regards

Gemma Larkins
Legal Officer
Office of the General Counsel

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