A number of guidance documents have been produced by the Association.

Only Guidance on the Safe Use of LASERs and the RPO Position Statement is available to download by non-members.

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Documents of the Association

AURPO’s Constitution and the Terms of Reference for the Executive Committee can be found on the Association Documents page.

Guidance Documents

The AURPO Position Statement on Radiation Protection Officer Role (2018)

Radiation Protection: Handbook for Laboratory Workers, Fifth Edition (2011) (Update of the HHSC Handbook – Invaluable)

Guidance Notes on Working with Ionising Radiations in Research and Teaching (2019)
NOTE: The previous Guidance Notes on Working with Ionising Radiation in Research and Teaching (2010) was outdated with regards to legislation. This is an interim document to reflect details of new legislation in the first instance.  However some content does not properly reflect current practice; there are plans for a full review of this guidance to address these.

Guidance Note No. 3 – Completion of EA Permit Application Forms for a Non-Nuclear User in England and Wales (2013)

Guidance Note No. 4 – The Examination, Testing and Calibration of Contamination Monitoring Equipment (2009)

Guidance Note No. 6 – Transport of Radioactive Materials by Road (2010)

Guidance Note No. 7 – Safe Use of Lasers in Education and Research (2018)

Guidance Note No. 8 – Use of Non-Ionising Radiations in Research and Teaching (2013)


Although these guidance documents are an attempt to provide accurate and useful information, neither the Authors nor the publishers make any warranty, express or implied, with regard to accuracy, omissions and usefulness of the information that it contains. Neither do the Authors nor the publishers assume any liability with respect to the use, or subsequent damages resulting from the use, of the information contained in the work.