If your industry requires the use of industrial radiography or encompasses a unit where staff are involved in conducting XRays for medical purposes, it’s important to protect the people who are involved or may be working in the adjacent areas.
Knowing the key things you need to be aware of will ensure that your staff are kept safe and also other people who may be working nearby.
The legislation relating to XRays is regulation 5(2) of the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 – and HSE must be notified and the use of equipment to produce XRays be authorised before use.
Good practice requires you to:
- Keep exposure to any people involved or working nearby as low as is practicable.
- Provide safety features – e.g. shielding for operators, locking devices that prevent people accidentally entering areas where XRays are in progress, cut-off systems that prevent radiation taking place if doors, hatches or other access are not secured.
- Install warning notices where personnel may be working nearby or passing through an area where XRays are taking place.
- Monitor radiation levels
- Secure equipment outside normal working hours
- Provide warning devices to signal radiation is about to take place and also during radiation.
- Maintain and test equipment regularly.
Whilst one or two XRays in a hospital or clinic won’t do any damage, exposure to frequent radiation or industrial level XRays can cause long term health issues. It’s a wise employer who covers all the possibilities and ensures that your staff stay healthy and industrial injury claims are something you don’t have to deal with!