Employers have a responsibility to restrict exposures to all staff working with or near an X-ray device. To ensure robust management of radiation safety, it is prudent to appoint one or more individuals as Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS). This course will equip your RPS with a good appreciation of radiation risk, focusing on practical measures for protecting operators and staff.
- The duties of the RPS for ensuring on-going safety
- The nature of the X-ray hazard, the magnitude of the operational risk, the controls and safety features built into the device
- Ionising radiations: Types of radiation; radioactive decay; units of activity; half-life; energies; sealed sources; radiation; X-ray scanning equipment; properties of the radiations – by demonstration
- Radiation dose and effects on health: Dose quantities and units; background exposures; benchmarks of dose; immediate and long term effects on health; statutory dose limits and the ALARP principle
- Principles of protection: Time, distance, shielding; the ‘inverse square law’; duties given to the RPS for ensuring both regulatory compliance and optimal radiation safety in the use of the Todd Research postal scanner
- Management of radiation safety: Protection of persons by the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 with reference to Todd Research postal scanners
Who should attend?
- At least one person in the mailroom, facilities management or security who is responsible for the safe functioning of your X-ray scanner
- Anyone who has responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of the people in your organisation