Rössing radiation levels well below industry standard

25 Apr 2017 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 25 APR (NAMPA) - Health, safety and environment (HSE) best practices at the Rössing Uranium outside Arandis are comparable to the best in the world.
The mine’s Radiation Management Plan was approved by the National Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) in 2010 and since approval has been continuously reviewed and updated in consultation with the NRPA to be in full compliance with national regulations.
Rössing Managing Director, Werner Duvenhage told reporters during the launch of the Report to Stakeholders 2016 in Windhoek on Monday radiation safety continues to be a discipline that the employees and public are deeply emotional about.
“It is therefore important to continuously inform both employees and the public about perceived and actual risks posed by radiation exposure resulting from the mine, and empower them with sufficient information to assess the risks for themselves,” Duvenhage said.
Since it is difficult for the public to differentiate between facts and rumours, Rössing Uranium Limited (RUL) carries a series of reports, fact sheets and information pieces on their website, he said.
Duvenhage explained that the average occupational radiation dose per person for the three main radiation exposure pathways - external, inhalation of radon progeny (radioactive decay products) and inhalation of radioactive dust - shows dose limits of below the regulatory 20 mSv (the measurement of radiation), and below the Rio Tinto standard of 5 mSv per year.
“Rössing has effective controls in place to optimise the exposure to ionising radiation to as low as reasonably achievable,” he said.
These control measures are engineering controls, respiratory protection, working time restrictions, hygiene facilities, clearance procedures and access controls.
The Rössing mine is located 12 kilometres (km) outside Arandis and about 70km inland from Swakopmund in the Erongo Region. It falls under the Rio Tinto group.