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Regulation Resources - Radioactive (Exempt / Out of Scope) Resource

This page lists all the most relevant exemption / out of scope guidance issued by the various UK Environment Agencies. This page is supplied for information only and you are advised to consult a Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA) / Radioactive Waste Adviser (RWA) if you need further assistance. Ionactive provides a full RPA and RWA service.

Exemption guidance - Guidance for NORM industrial activities
New guidance (2013) for businesses and individuals who have to handle naturally occurring radioactive substances (NORM). Guidance not intended for anyone who is using NORM for its radioactive, fertile or fissile properties. 

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Exemption guidance - Medical and veterinary uses of radioactive sources
This document was published 30 September 2011 and expires 01 October 2012. The guidance here on Medical and veterinary uses of radioactive sources applies to the whole of the UK.
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Exemption guidance - Radioactivity in Museums
This document was published 30 September 2011 and expires 01 October 2012. This document provides Exemption guidance for Radioactivity in Museums. This will therefore cover geological specimens (U / Th), radium dials etc. Care: We look after two large museums which are not covered under this exemption.  
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Exemption guidance - Small amounts of open radioactive sources
This document was published 30 September 2011 and expires 01 October 2012. This document provides exemption guidance on use of small activities ('amounts' ?!) of open radioactive sources.
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Exemption guidance - Small sealed radioactive sources, etc
This document was published 30 September 2011 and expires 01 October 2012. This document contains guidance on exemption for small sealed radioactive sources (etc).

What is a small sealed source, tritium foil source or electrodeposited source: The guidance states that a tritium source / electrodeposited source are not sealed sources for purposes of exemption (but still exempts them!).
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Exemption guidance - Uranium and thorium
This document was published 30 September 2011 and expires 01 October 2012. This document provides guidance for exemption for using uranium and thorium (including radioactive waste).
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Exemption guidance - Very low level radioactive waste
This document was published 30 September 2011 and expires 01 October 2012. The document provides exemption guidance on Very Low Radioactive Waste (VLLW). New or varied open source permits, made under RSA93 (Scotland) or EPR2010 (rest of UK) will not have a VLLW condition unless the user cannot operate under the exemption provision, eg more than the maximum allowed quantities need be disposed of.
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Exemption guidance - Waste sealed radioactive sources
This document was published 30 September 2011 and expires 01 October 2012. The document provides guidance on Waste Sealed Radioactive Sources.

For the purpose of exemption, the guidance includes and important definition of a sealed source: ' For the purposes of exemption, a sealed source is defined as a radioactive source containing radioactive material where the structure is designed to prevent, under normal use, any dispersion of radioactive substances, excluding such a source where it is an electrodeposited source or a tritium foil source '.
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Exemption guidance Guidance on interpretation of “Relevant Liquid”
Some new guidance (2013) on the issue of aqueous liquids - when is a liquid, not a liquid.Non aqueous liquids are those where the primary constituent is not water.  
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Guidance on the scope of and exemptions from the radioactive substances legislation in the UK (V1, Sept 2011)
This guidance document is issued for the whole of the UK – therefore it will refer to RSA93 for Scotland and EPR2010 (and EPR2011 amendment regulations) for England and Wales. In a nutshell the amendment regulations / existing RSA93 in Scotland (via its own exemption order – see other resource in this section), have replaced (revoked) all the existing Radioactive Substances exemption orders (some of which were in place since 1963).

What you have instead is a 100 page document which is supposed to do the same thing, but in a rather more updated way (e.g. using SI units etc). What you really have is what IAEA have been saying for years. You need to give this a really good read to understand this fully – seek advice as required.
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IRR99 Exemption Certificate No1 2013 Kr-85
For functional reasons some types of lamps contain the radioactive gas krypton-85 
(Kr-85). This guidance is aimed at employers involved in the handling, use, holding, 
storage, transport or disposal of these lamps in limited quantities. Under the 
Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999, these employers fall into the category of 
‘radiation employers’ however limited their use. The purpose of this guidance is to 
inform such ‘radiation employers’ of their responsibilities in relation to these lamps 
and provide guidance on their obligations. 

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The Environmental Permitting (England & Wales) (Ammendment) Regulations 2011
The Environmental Permitting (England & Wales) (Ammendment) Regulations 2011. This has the effect of replacing the Radioactive Substances Exemption Orders as they applied to England and Wales. Please see the guidance document also in this section.
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The Radioactive Substances Exemption (Scotland) Order 2011
The Radioactive Substances Exemption (Scotland) Order 2011. This order replaces the Radioactive Substances (Scotland) exemption orders. It more or less does the same as EPR 2011 for England and Wales (see other resource in this section). Please read the guidance in this section (which applies to all of the UK) and seek advice as required.
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