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Ionising Radiation Exposure

Volume 124: debated on Tuesday 15 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if, in the light of the recent recommendation of the National Radiological Protection Board, he will consider revising the Ionising Radiation Regulations 1985 to make the maximum permissible whole body exposure of workers to ionising radiation 15 mSv instead of 50 mSv; and if he will revise the regulations to make the investigation level above which an investigation is triggered 5 mSv instead of 15 mSv.

As announced on 18 November, the Health and Safety Commission has set up a working group on ionising radiation which met for the first time on 9 December. The working group will consider the recent guidance from the National Radiological Protection Board as part of its remit and will advise the commission on an appropriate course of action. I am content to await any subsequent recommendations.