This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to apply radiation protection and work safety measures when working in an environment where sources of ionising radiation are present.
This unit applies to personnel who directly handle, or come in direct contact with, radioactive materials in the mining and mineral processing industry sector and who may receive occupational exposures of greater than 1 millisievert per annum.
These personnel include drillers, miners, loader operators, plant operators, and samplers/testers, laboratory workers, operating theatre staff, contractors, sales and service engineers, who may:
- undertake exploration surveys of radioactive ore bodies
- extract, mill, process or pack radioactive ores, concentrates or mineral products
- manage radioactive by-products, contaminants and/or waste
- rehabilitate mine sites
- undertake laboratory testing
- undertake cabinet x-rays
- service ionising radiation equipment
- work in a nuclear facility.
Those undertaking this unit would work under direct supervision performing routine tasks, in a familiar context.
The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State or Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice.
No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative or certificate requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.