Working with Radiation

Working with Radiation

  • Control measures must be considered to restrict exposure to radiation and ensure that staff are provided with personal dosimetry services (and their use of these services is monitored). Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) should be provided.
  • Ensuring your safety when working with radiation

There are two categories of radiation:

  • Ionising radiation.
  • Non-ionising radiation (considered to be less dangerous than ionising radiation although overexposure can cause health issues).

Both types of radiation can occur in:

  • Various occupations (e.g. the production, processing, storage, transport or disposal of artificial radioactive substances);
  • some naturally-occurring sources;
  • The use of electrical equipment emitting ionising radiation at more than 5Kv.
  • If you are suffering from a newly-diagnosed or on-going medical condition, you should notify your employer so that a risk assessment can be made of your fitness to work with radiation. This is particularly important for pregnant and breast-feeding women.

You should also comply with:

  • Wearing required personal protective equipment (PPE);
  • Recommended dosimetry monitoring (i.e. monitoring cumulative exposure to ionising radiation);
  • Health surveillance programmes;
  • Any recommended training and local policy procedures.

Useful Links

www.hse.gov.uk/radiation/

Other medical services we can provide

  • Permit to work assessments – This assessment will evaluate if someone is fit to work in certain environments.
  • Skin assessments -When employees are exposed to hazardous substances, employers must provide regular skin checks
  • Respiratory Assessment – This assessment is designed to identify any potential respiratory risks for employees.

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