What are the Radiation Regulations?

 

At SS Dental Services, we want to make sure you are up to date and compliant with all regulations regarding Radiation, to ensure you, your staff and your customers are safe.

The key factoring regulations are the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17).  The key points of these regulations are listed below:

  • Users of ionising radiation must notify, register or obtain consent from the Health & Safety Executive depending on the type of work they do and if they work in areas with elevated levels of radon.
  • Employers must ensure that employeers radiation doses are as low as reasonably possible; ensuring they are within certain dose limits.
  • A formal radiation risk assessment must be carried out for all uses of ionising radiation.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that is fit for use must be used as appropriate.
  • All controls and safety devices must be subject to regular maintenance and testing.  Full records of this testing must be kept.
  • In the case of reasonably foreseeable accidents, contingency plans must be in place.
  • Appropriate information, instruction and training must be in place for employees to carry out their job safely.
  • In the case of employees working for multiple employers in a site, employers must co-operate fully.
  • Where an area is deemed to have radiation doses potentially more hazardous, these areas must be demarcated and subject to controls and monitoring.
  • If an employee may receive higher radiation doses, they may need to be monitored for their radiation doses.
  • Local rules are required for people who work in designated radiation areas.  These people may need the appointment of a Radiation Protection Supervisor to ensure local compliance.
  • If a staff member is subject to overexposure, this must be reported to the Health and Safety Executive.
  • Sealed radioactive sources must be subject to regular leakage testing.
  • Radioactive substances must be kept, moved, stored safely and accounted for.
  • Employees have general duties to work safely.
  • Manufacturers and installers of equipment must ensure it is subject to a critical examination of its safety and function, with regular quality assessment moving forwards from install.

We hope this information is useful in ensuring that you are up to date with the Radiation Regulations.

To find out more, or to book your radiation testing, please contact us today!

 

 

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