About the management:
The department supervises the regulation and protection of the use of ionizing and non-ionizing radioactive materials.
It also studies and reviews requests for hazardous chemicals licenses, and the disposal of hazardous waste according to the regulations, instructions and technical guidelines for the prevention of their danger.
The Radiation and Chemicals Protection Department is responsible for the following:
- Study licensing applications related to establishments, businesses and practices, involving ionizing or non-ionizing radiation and those working on them, conduct the necessary inspection to issue licenses, and follow up their validity period.
- Prepare regulations, systems and requirements for work in the field of radiation, including the permissible limits for radiation exposure, management of radioactive waste, conditions of transport, storage and work with radioactive materials, in accordance with the provisions of the regulating laws.
- Develop a plan for emergency and nuclear safety in the event of radiation accidents, and approve emergency plans for facilities and institutions that own radioactive devices and sources, in cooperation with the competent authorities.
- Prepare radiation environmental quality control standards, in coordination with the concerned administrative units.
- Establish and operate an early warning network for radioactive leaks and hazardous materials to the environment.
- Prepare national projects for the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, in coordination with the various state authorities.
- Coordinate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), to obtain the necessary technical and financial support for the implementation of national projects.
- Supervise plans for training and qualifying workers in the field of nuclear applications, and use training grants offered by international institutions and bodies in this field.
- Prepare the regulatory procedures and technical guidelines for the prevention of environmental risks resulting from mishandling, importing, exporting, storing, transporting or packing materials hazardous to the environment.
- Cooperate with international bodies to follow up on prohibited and restricted hazardous substances in the environment, and take the necessary measures in this regard at the national level.
- Prepare environmental standards, plans and programs necessary to deal with substances hazardous to the environment in transportation, packaging and storage, in addition to safety and prevention requirements, in accordance with internationally applicable regulations.
- Study licensing applications related to practices involving hazardous materials and waste, and conduct the necessary inspections to issue licenses for them.
- Determine the appropriate sites for the treatment and disposal of harmful and hazardous materials to the environment and their waste, in coordination with the competent authorities.
- Manage the database of the data bank of materials hazardous to the environment exported from, and imported to the country, and work on its continuity of development and updating, in coordination with the competent authorities.
- Study hazardous waste disposal requests, and issue the necessary permits.
- Evaluate the practice of environmental services for the purposes of registration and accreditation, issue a certificate in this regard, and follow up on the evaluation of its performance periodically.
- Prepare the national program for chemical safety, and set plans and programs to implement it with the concerned authorities in the country.