Radiation in schools
The use of radiation in schools allows hands-on experience with real radiation sources and gives benefits from a science learning perspective. As with any potentially hazardous material or equipment there are some rules to ensure that radiation sources are used safely and appropriately.
The EPA has published a factsheet, Radiation in schools which contains practical advice and guidance on the safe use of radioactive sources used in schools.
The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) has also published a Safety Guide for the Use of Radiation in Schools The Safety Guide can be found on the ARPANSA website.
Teachers involved or interested in the use of radiation sources in schools who have further enquiries (for example regarding the types of radiation sources permitted, and the South Australian regulatory requirements governing the use of radiation sources) should contact the EPA Radiation Protection Branch for advice via email or on (08) 8463 7826.