Companies that are either exploring for uranium or other radioactive minerals, or undertaking exploration activities in areas where they may be encountered, should be aware that such substances pose hazards in addition to those associated with the exploration for other minerals. It is expected that companies will adopt appropriate systems and procedures to effectively manage these additional risks to prevent potential harm to personnel, the public or the environment.
The Department has produced an Advisory Note, which provides a basic understanding of the nature of radiation hazards associated with exploration activities where radioactive minerals (e.g. uranium, thorium) may be encountered, and outlines a systematic approach to managing those hazards, to ensure compliance with current standards and legislative requirements.
Operators should develop a Radiation Management Plan (RMP) which outlines procedures for monitoring and minimising radiation exposure to workers, the public and the environment.
This RMP should identify the specific risks associated with a project and detail how these risks will be managed. It is acceptable to provide this information either as a component of the Mining Management Plan, which is a requirement under the Mining Management Act (NT), or as a separate document.
The purpose of the RMP is to: