Radioactive substances are widely used by hospitals, universities and industry to diagnose and treat patients, in manufacturing processes and to test the safety and quality of pipes, boilers and vessels.
If you intend to carry out a radioactive substances activity, before you start you may need to apply to the Environment Agency for a permit. For example, if you:
- keep or use radioactive material
- receive, accumulate or dispose of radioactive waste
- keep or use mobile radioactive apparatus
Other, less common radioactive activities are listed in Schedule 23, part 2, paragraph 11 of the regulations.
The government has set out how radioactive substances should be regulated.
You can talk to us about any aspect of the application process by phoning the Permit Support Centre on 020 3025 8174 or 020 3025 8207.
Or you can talk to your local RSR officer. Permit Support Centre staff can tell you who that is. You should do this if you’ve not had a permit before.