The Board is entrusted with the responsibility for laying
down safety standards and framing rules and regulations covering
regulatory and safety functions envisaged under the above Act.
AERB has therefore undertaken a programme of developing safety
standards, codes, guides and manuals for both nuclear and
radiation facilities, covering all aspects such as siting,
design, construction, operation, quality assurance,
decommissioning and regulation.
Safety Standards contain internationally accepted safety
criteria for design, construction and operation of specific
equipment, systems, structures and components of nuclear and
Safety Codes are intended to establish objectives and to
set minimum requirements that shall be fulfilled to provide
adequate assurance for safety in nuclear and radiation
Safety Guides provide guidelines and make available the
methods for implementing specific requirements as prescribed in
line with the relevant Safety Code(s).
Safety Manuals are intended to elaborate specific aspects
and may contain detailed technical information and/or
procedures. Consistent with accepted practice, "shall" and
"should" used in these documents distinguish between firm
requirements and a desirable option respectively, for the
benefit of the user.
Emphasis in the above documents is on protection of site
personnel, the public and the environment from unacceptable
radiological hazards. For aspects not covered, applicable and
acceptable national and international codes and standards shall
Industrial safety in nuclear and radiation facilities is
to be ensured through compliance with the applicable provisions
of the Factories Act, 1948 and the Atomic Energy (Factories)
The Codes, Guides and Manuals will be revised as and when
necessary in the light of the experience and feedback from users
as well as new developments in the field.
For purchase of publications, please write to:
Chief Administrative Officer
Atomic Energy Regulatory Board
Mumbai - 400094