ESR protects New Zealand’s people, environment and industries by supporting the safe and beneficial use of radiation and radioactive materials.


Radiation safety training and consultancy

Our experts work with a wide range of private and public sector clients to provide advice, services and research capability on public, occupational and medical exposure to radiation, radiation safety, performance assessment of radiation protection equipment, and the measurement of naturally occurring low-level radiation and radioactivity.

We have strong working relationships with global agencies including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and have contributed to the development of the Comprehensive (nuclear) Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO). ESR is the preferred supplier of radiological safety expertise to New Zealand's Ministry of Health.

For information on licensing for use of radiation and import of irradiation equipment or radioactive material contact the Ministry of Health’s Office of Radiation Safety(external link).

Radiation safety training

ESR has a dedicated team to help you develop your knowledge of radiation safety, meet regulatory requirements and protect employees through specialised or tailored training courses. Our expertise covers all areas of radiological safety and security, including medical physics, health physics, transport of radioactive materials, radioactive waste management, emergency response and environmental radioactivity. Our courses cover best practice principles and include a strong practical component. They can be developed to suit your individual needs and held at your place of work if required.

Radiation training, Auckland

ESR delivers radiation safety training to partners in the Pacific Islands

To register your interest or for further information on training opportunities, please contact: Tel: +64 (0)3 3516019.

Learn more about courses relevant to your profession below or email us if you would like customised radiation training to suit your specific needs.

Industrial Radiation Safety Training Courses

  • Radiation Safety Officer: this course would be beneficial to people who deal with radiation safety on a routine basis or who are responsible for radiation sources, such as X-ray equipment. This may include operators, managers, supervisors and health and safety professionals with a responsibility to oversee the radiation safety programme at their facility. You will obtain the technical knowledge and competence to act as a Radiation Safety Officer according to the definition in the Office of Radiation Safety Codes of Practice.

    ESR offers multiple Radiation Safety Officer courses designed to meet the specific requirements of the relevant Codes of Practice. Our courses include X-ray inspection systems, sealed radioactive materials, unsealed radioactive materials, and industrial radiography.

  • Transport of Radiation Material: This course is designed for people who transport radioactive material.

Medical Radiation Safety Training Courses

  • Radiation Safety Officer: this one-day course is based on the radiation protection and safety training requirements of the Code of Practice for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology ORS C1 as they apply to a radiation safety officer (RSO). It is designed for people who already have a basic understanding of radiation safety such as MRTs, but it briefly covers the fundamentals and so is also suitable for managers who may have an interest in acting with their MRT’s assistance in an RSO role, or those who want a better understanding of legislative requirements on the managing entity. It covers national regulations and international standards; incidents; overview of radiation including its risks and uses; health physicist instruments; principals of radiation safety, quality control and quality assurance, and includes a written assessment. Upon successful completion, you will receive a course certificate. 

Instrument calibrations

  • Standards Laboratory: ESR provides traceable calibration services for ionising radiation survey meters, contamination meters, electronic personal dosimeters and medical diagnostic radiology X-ray measurement instruments (radiography, fluoroscopy, mammography and CT). For further information or a quote please contact