21 Jan 2018NORM Solutions signs up to new Health and Safety regulations well ahead of UK deadline

NORM Solutions, as a business whose employees work with Natural Occurring Radioactive Material, was recently required to re-notify these activities with UK regulators under changes to the law introduced on 1 January 2018.

NORM Solutions, as a business whose employees work with Natural Occurring Radioactive Material, was recently required to re-notify these activities with UK regulators under changes to the law introduced on 1 January 2018.

Re-notification to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is required to take place before 5 February this year, with failure to do so regarded as a criminal offence.

NORM Solutions has been swift to respond to the changes - which have been introduced by the HSE as part of the new Ionising Radiation Regulations – and has ensured that all the required documentation was completed weeks in advance of this deadline.

The new Regulations have replaced the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 and implement Euratom’s Basic Safety Standards Directive which covers public, occupational and medical exposures to ionising radiation. The HSE says that the Regulations will introduce two major changes, including a reduction in the dose limit for exposure to the lens of the eye – the Directive introduces a reduction of equivalent dose from 150 millisieverts to 20 millisieverts in a year.

The second major change is the introduction of a “graded approach”, a new three-tiered risk-based system of regulatory control.

The three levels are:
notification, which corresponds to low risk levels;
registration, corresponding to intermediate risk levels;
consent, which relates to high risk levels.


This approach will require the HSE to implement an authorisation system whereby it grants permission to duty-holders, such as NORM Solutions, for higher risk activities through a system of registration and licensing.

For more information on the new HSE Ionising Radiation Regulations, please visit:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/radiation/ionising/index.htm