April 27, 2018
Provincial Government Begins Consultations on the Radiation Health and Safety Act and Regulations
The Provincial Government is exploring potential changes to the Radiation Health and Safety Act and Regulations and is seeking input from owners, users, sellers and maintainers of equipment that produces ionizing radiation. The legislation governs the inspection, installation, use, maintenance and registration of equipment that is capable of producing ionizing radiation such as x-ray machines and CT scanners.
As part of the process, the Provincial Government is launching consultations to modernize the legislation which has had only minor amendments since it was proclaimed in 1977.
Any individual or organization who wishes to meet with officials regarding their feedback on the proposed legislative changes should contact the Occupational Health and Safety Division of Service NL. A questionnaire can also be completed online at EngageNL.ca , and anyone wishing to share feedback via email can do so at NLRadiationLegislationReview@gov.nl.ca. A link to the questionnaire is also available on the main page of the Service NL website at www.servicenl.gov.nl.ca/.
Participants can also send feedback by mail to:
NL Radiation Legislation Review
Occupational Health and Safety Division
28 Pippy Place
St. John’s, NL
The deadline for submissions is June 29.
In February 2018, WorkplaceNL and the Occupational Health and Safety Division of Service NL launched a joint five-year injury prevention strategy entitled Advancing a Strong Safety Culture in Newfoundland and Labrador. One of the commitments in the strategy is a comprehensive review of the Radiation Health and Safety Act and Regulations.
“This process will allow us to gather information and feedback on issues of priority from owners, users, sellers and maintainers of equipment which produces ionizing radiation such as x-ray machines and CT scanners. I encourage anyone with an interest in this matter to participate in the consultation.”
Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh
Minister of Service NL
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Radiation Health and Safety Act - www.assembly.nl.ca/Legislation/sr/statutes/r01.htm
Radiation Health and Safety Regulations - www.assembly.nl.ca/Legislation/sr/regulations/rc961154.htm
2018 04 27 2:40 p.m.