BINDT hosts successful Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017 event


Following a popular Session D presentation at the Annual British Conference on Non-Destructive Testing (NDT 2017) by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), a follow-up event was held at the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) headquarters in Northampton to appraise attendees of the new Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017.

The Ionising Radiation Regulations (IRR) event was presented by James Taylor, Principal Specialist Inspector (Radiation Team), HSE, and held on 11 October 2017. The free event was spread over two sessions with the aim of providing delegates with the latest information on the new regulations (IRR17) that will be implemented from 1 January 2018.

During the presentation, changes relevant to those engaged in industrial radiography, specifically the use of ionising radiation for non-destructive testing purposes, were highlighted and information on the new requirements important to various sectors was provided.

Particular focus was given to the addition of a new clause to carry out one of three steps in order to continue to offer services for industrial radiography. Following enforcement of IRR17 on 1 January 2018, employers will be required by the HSE to notify, register or gain consent by 6 February 2018, otherwise they will no longer be able to legally commence practice. In addition, attendees were informed of the change in maximum dose limit for exposure to the lens of the eye, which has been reduced from 150 mSv to 20 mSv in a year.

The event was highly attended and well received by 70 delegates from 42 different companies, many of whom are Authorised Training Organisations (ATOs) and Authorised Qualifying Bodies (AQBs) of the Institute. Both sessions lasted just under three hours, one being held in the morning and the following in the afternoon in order to accommodate the high turnout of attendees.

James Taylor said: “It was a credit to the non-destructive testing sector that so many delegates registered for and attended the briefing sessions.”

For further information on the impending changes coming into force, how they will directly affect you and what your obligations are with regard to notification, registration or consent from the HSE, visit: