HSE Education eBulletin: Ionising radiation inspections in schools

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Ionising radiation inspections in schools

Where schools use radioactive materials as part of their learning activities, they are required to comply with the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17) and seek registration from HSE. 


To ensure that the risks to workers and students from radiation are managed effectively, from April 2022 HSE’s radiation team will be carrying out inspections in schools who hold registration for this type of work to review compliance with IRR17.


For further information and guidance on how to manage the risks from ionising radiation, please visit our Ionising Radiation web pages.


Get more information at the following links:

  • Work with ionising radiation: Approved Code of Practice and guidance (L121)

  • CLEAPSS (Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services) - provide guidance for schools and colleges in England and Wales with the publication 'Managing Ionising Radiations and Radioactive Substances'

  • SSERC (Scottish Schools Education Research Centre) - schools and colleges in Scotland should refer to SSERC guidance, 'Working with radioactive materials in schools', downloadable from their website (members only)

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More information on managing the risks and striking the right balance between protecting pupils and allowing them to learn from school trips, can be found in this guidance.


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