Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Safe working rules for the fluoroscopic X-ray machine in CTEC and LAF

Our role is to develop and assist in the implementation of the UWA safety, health and wellbeing programs in order to minimise the risk of injury, illness and property damage.

We provide consultancy and other services to promote best practice and legislative compliance in all University and related activities.

Working rules are essential to ensure that all types of x-ray equipment are used in accordance with legal requirements and with a high standard of safety.

  1. The machine may only be operated under the supervision of a licenced user. Licensed users of the machine are Ms Denise Henry from the Large animal facility (LAF), Darryl Kirk from CTEC and licensed medical specialists.
  2. The machine may be operated for experimental procedures on animals by personnel who have successfully completed the Fluoroscopy Training Course and with the approval of a licensee in Note 1 above and with a qualified imaging technologist being present.
  3. The machine may be operated for setting up of courses to confirm it is operational by personnel who have successfully completed the Fluoroscopy Training Course and with the approval of a licensee.
  4. These working rules are to be securely attached to the x-ray machine at all times.
  5. The key for the main switch is to be kept in a secure location by the technician in charge of LAF or the senior technician in CTEC.
  6. Exposure to the primary x-ray beam and scattered x-rays must be avoided at all times. Personnel are under no circumstances allowed to put any part of their body in the primary beam.
  7. Immediate measures must be taken to remove potentially hazardous situations arising from x-ray beams that may be emitted due to an equipment defect, misalignment or any other reason.
  8. The operator must ensure that the x-ray radiation warning signs are clearly visible on the entrance doors prior to initiating a procedure. The signs are to be removed following the procedure.
  9. Personnel involved with the procedure must wear a lead apron.
  10. Personnel not involved with the x-ray procedure should leave the area prior to x-ray exposure.
  11. Personnel involved with the procedure must wear a personal monitor unless they remain more than three metres from the x-ray machine while exposures are occurring.
  12. During training courses a qualified radiographer must be present to set up and supervise the machines use.
  13. Servicing of the x-ray machines may only be carried out by a service technician with a suitable license from the Radiological Council.
  14. All accidents and incidents must be reported to the School Radiation Safety Officer and UWA Safety and Health.