Government improves uranium mining safety

The Federal Government has created a central database to track radiation dose histories of miners.

Approximately 6000 miners in the uranium mining and processing industries will be tracked in the new ‘Australian National Radiation Dose Register’.

Minister for resources and energy Martin Ferguson said “the new national register strengthens protections for employees over their working life by ensuring that data for monitoring radiation doses will follow them if they move across jobs and across jurisdictions.

“Wherever they go in Australia, workers will be able to access records that track complete dose histories to ensure their good health into the future.

The uranium register is funded by the Department of Resources and Energy, and will be managed by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA).

According to ARPANSA, there are several different types of radiation, and different ways that radiation can interact with worker.

The register will record information on the doses received from these different types of radiation and the ways they affect the workers.

Under this new development, information on radiation doses will be sent to a central register, where miners can then access their personal records.

It has been providing records from mining companies since 2010.

To date South Australia and Western Australia have begun collecting the radiation dose data.

The Northern Territory is scheduled to join the register by the end the year.

The collected data is predicted to improve the capacity of the uranium industry to monitor exposure by showing industry trends and comparisons.

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