Radioactive Waste Adviser (RWA) support
Radioactive Waste Advisers (RWA) are specialists in radioactive waste disposal and environmental radiation protection who have demonstrated competence in the Radioactive Waste Adviser syllabus.
There is a requirement under European law for people who keep or use radioactive material, or who accumulate or dispose of radioactive waste, to appoint advisers, known as “qualified experts”, to advise them on radiological protection. In the UK we call the qualified expert for radioactive waste management and environmental radiation protection a 'Radioactive Waste Adviser'.
The environment agencies in the UK - i.e. the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the Environment Agency (EA) and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) - require anyone who is permitted or authorised to accumulate or dispose of radioactive waste to appoint a Radioactive Waste Adviser (RWA). The environment agencies’ statement on radioactive waste advisers can be viewed here for further information.
The permit holder must appoint a suitable RWA if the permit is for the accumulation or disposal of radioactive waste under the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 or the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010. Guidance on the definition of a suitable RWA is given here.
The environment agencies consider a suitable RWA to be a RWA who has “the specific knowledge, experience and competence required for giving advice on the particular radioactive waste management and environmental radiation protection issues for which the permit holder is making the appointment”.
The permit holder must appoint the RWA in writing and this appointment should include the scope of advice which the RWA is required to give.
The permit holder is required to consult a RWA on the following matters and will have due regard to the advice provided by the RWA:
- Achieving and maintaining an optimal level of protection of the environment and the population;
- Checking the effectiveness of technical devices for protecting the environment and the population;
- Acceptance into service, from the point of view of surveillance of radiation protection, or equipment and procedures for measuring and assessing, as appropriate, exposure and radioactive contamination of the environment and the population; and
- Regular calibration of measuring instruments and regular checking that they are serviceable and correctly used.
Your company or organisation may also wish to use the services of a RWA if you require compliance advice or audits to help with the application of exemptions from the radioactive substances legislation.
RP Alba Ltd has a range of service contracts available depending on your requirements. Please contact us today to discuss your needs.