Radiological Protection Act 1991 (Non-Ionising Radiation) Order 2019

Publication Date:January 01, 2019
 
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S.I. No.190of2019

Radiological Protection Act 1991 (Non-Ionising Radiation) Order 2019

I, RICHARD BRUTON, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, in exercise of the powers conferred on me pursuant to Section 9(1)(c) of the Radiological Protection Act 1991 (No. 9 of 1991), after consultation with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and the Environmental Protection Agency, for the purpose of extending the functions of the Environmental Protection Agency to cover matters pertaining to non-ionising radiation, hereby order as follows:

Citation

1. This Order may be cited as the Radiological Protection Act 1991 (Non-Ionising Radiation) Order 2019.

Definitions

2. (1) In this Order: -

“Agency” means the Environmental Protection Agency established under Section 19 of the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992 (No. 7 of 1992);

“medical exposure” means exposure incurred by patients or asymptomatic individuals as part of their own medical diagnosis or treatment, and intended to benefit their health as well exposure incurred by carers and comforters and by volunteers;

“local authority” has the meaning assigned to it by the Local Government Act 1941;

“members of the public” means individuals who may be subject to public exposure;

“Minister” means the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment;

“non-ionising radiation” means radiation consisting of photons or particles which is incapable of producing ions either directly or indirectly;

“occupational exposure” means the exposure of workers, apprentices and students, incurred in the course of their work;

“Principal Act” means the Radiological Protection Act 1991;

“public exposure” means exposure of individuals, excluding occupational or medical exposure.

Scope

3. The scope of this Order covers matters pertaining to public exposure to non-ionising radiation in the electromagnetic spectrum between 0 Hz and 300 GHz.

Functions of the Agency

4. (1) The functions set out in section 8 of the Principal Act are extended to cover matters pertaining to non-ionising radiation to: -

(a) provide advice to the Minister on matters pertaining to public exposure to non-ionising radiation, including advice on regulations and standards regarding public exposure to non-ionising radiation;

(b) provide general information to other Ministers of Government, local authorities and members of the public on matters pertaining to public exposure to non-ionising radiation;

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