Radiation may arise from the use of radioactive materials, irradiating apparatus (x-ray equipment), electronic products (lasers, microwave, radio frequency) as well as from natural sources (background radiation, ultraviolet, sunlight).
Persons working with radiation sources are required to be suitably trained, informed, instructed and supervised and to ensure that equipment used is fit for purpose, maintained, inspected and used in accordance with recommended requirements.
- Radiation management
- There are policies and procedures which must be followed when staff are involved with radiation.
- Radioactive materials
- Each school that uses radioactive materials has a locally appointed school radiation safety officer.
- X-ray equipment
- X-ray producing equipment and its location must be registered with Safety and Health and the Radiological Council, and x-ray machines may only be used by, or under the supervision of, a person with an appropriate licence.
- Under the Radiation Safety Act 1975 all Class 3B and Class 4 lasers must be registered with the Radiological Council and users must be licensed or supervised. The Act also restricts the use of laser pointers.
- Non-ionising radiation
- You should be aware of all the procedures to be followed when working with non-ionising radiation.