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The Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018

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Authorisation conditions: high-activity sealed sources

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23.  SEPA must ensure that a permit for a radioactive substances activity involving a high-activity sealed source includes such conditions as it considers appropriate to—

(a)ensure that the authorised person ascertains that, before a high activity sealed source is transferred, the transferee is legally entitled to hold the source;

(b)ensure the authorised person informs SEPA of the particulars (including the date, details of the source and identity and location of the transferee) of a transfer of a high-activity sealed source;

(c)set out requirements specifying—

(i)responsibilities;

(ii)minimum staff competency, including information and training;

(iii)minimum performance criteria for the source, source container and additional equipment;

(iv)emergency procedures and communication links;

(v)work procedures to be followed;

(vi)maintenance of equipment, sources and containers; and

(vii)adequate management of waste sources, including agreements regarding the transfer, if appropriate, of waste sources to a manufacturer, a supplier, another authorised person or a waste disposal or storage facility;

(d)require that the authorised person—

(i)undertakes suitable tests, such as leak tests based on international standards, regularly in order to check and maintain the integrity of a source;

(ii)regularly verifies at specific intervals that a source and, where relevant, the equipment containing the source, remain present and in apparently good condition at their place of use or storage;

(iii)ensures that a source is subject to adequate documented measures, such as written protocols and procedures, aimed at preventing unauthorised access to or loss or theft of the source or its damage by fire;

(iv)arranges for a check on the integrity of a source after any event, including fire, that may have damaged the source and notifies SEPA of the event and the measures taken;

(v)promptly after a source becomes radioactive waste—

(aa)returns the source to the supplier;

(bb)places the source in a facility for long term storage or disposal; or

(cc)transfers it to another person;

(vi)ensures that a source is accompanied by written information which—

(aa)confirms that the source is identified and marked with a unique number and that the number remains legible; and

(bb)includes photographs of the source, source container, transport packaging, device and equipment as appropriate; and

(vii)makes adequate arrangements (including financial provision) for the safe management and control of the high-activity source.

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