|Title:||Clinical and Related Waste Management Ė Radioactive Wastes|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0261/09|
|Date of issue:||Wednesday, 30 December 2009|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||The OD provides the minimum requirements for the management of the radioactive waste stream generated by WA Health Facilities. This OD must be implemented within the context of the Clinical and Related Waste Policy 2009 and each Clinical and Related Waste OD where appropriate.|
|Applicable to:||All Clinical services|
|Period of effect:||from 30 December 2009 to 30 December 2015|
|Review date:||30 December 2015|
|Authorised by:||Dr Peter Flett, Director General, Department of Health, 30-Dec-2009|
|Print version:||View print version|
Clinical and Related Waste Management Ė Radioactive Wastes
Compliance with this Operational Directive is mandatory.
Implementation of this Operational Directive must be within the context of the Clinical and Related Waste Policy 2009 and each Clinical and Related Waste Management Operational Directive where appropriate.
This Operational Directive describes the minimum requirements to be adhered by WA Health to ensure clinical and related waste is segregated, stored, transported and disposed of in a manner that minimises the risk of public exposure to potentially contaminated material and minimises environmental impact .
It applies to healthcare that is provided both within a facility and through healthcare at home programs, where these programs have been approved by the Radiological Council. WA Health and home service providers are responsible for the waste generated from the provision of healthcare from the point of generation to final disposal.
This Operational Directive applies to the Radioactive Materials Waste stream.
1. Existing Legislation
All WA Health facilities must conform to the requirements of legislation that relate to the management, transport and disposal of solid, liquid and gaseous radioactive waste material generated by health related activities.
The Radiological Council has responsibility for the administration of the Western Australian legislation which comprises the -
Solid, liquid and gaseous radioactive waste materials are those which are no longer suitable for designated health care purposes although they may have other uses. Therefore waste management considerations for these materials should not be distinguishable from conventional management of radioactive materials.
Radioactive substances used in the health care sector can have half-lives ranging from less than a week to years. However, for disposal, the material must meet the requirements of the Radiological Council. Further information on specific definitions and other requirements are available, in the first instance from the WA Health facility’s Radiation Safety Officer (RSO), or by contacting the Radiological Council:
2. WA Health Waste Management Policy and Plan requirements
Regulation of radioactive waste materials is specifically governed by the Radiation Safety Act and requires demonstration of appropriate facilities and management processes. WA Health facilities should refer to the Radiological Council for information related to the appropriate management of these materials.
The WA Health Waste Management Policy and Plan covering these materials shall include all components outlined in the General Requirements Operational Directive OD 0258/09.
3. Emergency Procedures
Organisations involved with the storage, removal, transport or disposal of waste must have a detailed Emergency Procedures plan on how to manage accidental or deliberate spillages. Staff within these organisations should be educated in relation to the contents of the plan, and their responsibilities within the plan.
Dr Peter Flett
This circular last updated: Wednesday, 30 December 2009 at 4:49pm