Radiation - general information
Information on Ionising radiations
The UK has very strict regulatory requirements relating to work with ionising radiations. The College implements the regulations through its Ionising Radiation and other policies. You must follow these. The main requirements are outlined below – if you do not understand them or need further advice, then please contact your Radiation Protection Supervisor, Department Safety Officer or the College Radiation Protection Team.
REGISTER WORK - WHEREVER IT IS BEING UNDERTAKEN
1. All work involving sources of ionising radiations must be registered with the Safety Department even if it is taking place in another institution in another country: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/safety/forms/
APPOINT A RADIATION PROTECTION SUPERVISOR (RPS)
2. Once work has been registered, research groups or sections involved in work with ionising radiations may need to appoint an appropriately trained Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) to advise and to assist in ensuring regulatory compliance.
a. The College Radiation Protection Team will advise regarding the necessity of such an appointment as part of the work registration process.
b. The training requirement for an RPS (and refresher training), is detailed on the Safety Training webpages www3.imperial.ac.uk/staffdevelopment/safety/index/rps
c. The RPS is responsible for (amongst other things):
i. reporting accidents and incidents to the College RPO and onto SALUS;
ii. ensuring that all sources are held safely and securely and that the College Tracking, Acquisition and Disposal (TAD) procedures are complied with.
d. NOTE: The Environment Agency and Police regularly review the College sources held against source records and inspect the security of their storage.
3. All personnel involved in work with ionising radiations must be registered with the College Safety Department.
4. All personnel using ionising radiations must attend the relevant radiation protection training course before starting work involving sources of ionising radiations
INFORM RPS OF PROPOSED CHANGES AND PROPOSED WORK
5. Members of the department must inform the Radiation Protection Supervisor of any proposed work with ionising radiations including the type and location of all sources (wherever it is to take place).
WORKPLACES MUST BE APPROPRIATE TO THE WORK
6. The area where work is to be conducted must be appropriate for the work. Suitable signage for areas in which sources of ionising radiations are used must be in place. The College Radiation Protection team will advise on these aspects as part of the Work Registration process.
INCIDENT REPORTING PROCEDURES
a. Any spillage, loss or intended or accidental disposal of any sources of ionising radiations must be reported immediately to the RPS and to the College RPA/RPO.
b. You must notify your RPS immediately of any accidents or incidents involving radiation for them to investigate and report to the FSM and the College Radiation Protection Manager/ Adviser/Officers.
MISUSE OR INTERFERENCE WITH SOURCES OR X-RAY EQUIPMENT
7. You must never misuse or interfere with a radioactive source or X-ray equipment. This includes removing a source from an instrument such as a smoke detector.
Radiation - specific information
Safety Department links
ESE safety staff