2. General duties and responsibilities
2.1. Role and responsibilities of competent authorities
2.1.1. The responsibilities of the competent authority (or authorities) concerned
with radiation protection, their terms of reference and their functions should be clearly
defined and promulgated.
2.1.2. The competent authority should formulate the necessary criteria,
standards and regulations for radiation protection in consultation with the representative
organisations of employers and workers concerned.
2.1.3. The competent authority should establish a system for notification,
registration or licensing as required in section 3.1.
2.1.4. The competent authority should provide general guidance necessary for
the implementation of the requirements.
2.1.5. The competent authority should provide a scheme for the recognition of
approved medical practitioners.
2.1.6. The competent authority should establish a system of inspection to
ensure that the measures taken are in compliance with the relevant requirements.
2.1.7. The competent authority should prescribe the content of periodic reports
from employers, in which occupational doses are reported for the purpose of
determining compliance with requirements, including the requirement that all doses be
kept as low as reasonably achievable.
2.1.8. The competent authority should prescribe the manner in which accidental
exposures, particularly those which have resulted or are expected to result in doses in
excess of the limits, should be reported.
2.1.9. The competent authority should assume the necessary power to intervene
in cases of non-compliance with the relevant requirements.
2.2. Duties and responsibilities of employers
2.2.1. The responsibility for providing adequate protection of workers against
radiations rests with the employer, even if the employer is himself a subcontractor.
2.2.2. (1) When two or more employers undertake activities simultaneously at
one workplace, they should collaborate in order to ensure compliance with national
regulations. This collaboration does not relieve the employer of the duty to secure the
health and safety of his employees.
(2) General procedures for this collaboration should be prescribed by the
competent authority, and each party should understand fully the extent of its own
responsibility and should co-operate with the other parties concerned.
(3) Such arrangements should concern in particular: